Posts Tagged RESTORATIVE PRACTICES

Politicians, How Are Your Constituent Children?

Published by EducationNews.org — If the kids are in rough shape, likely the community is too. Heather Dos Santos, middle-school principal and skilled restorative practitioner, begins her presentations with “Kasserian Ingera,” which, in Swahili, means, “How are the children?”  She explains that this is the conventional greeting among the Masai who live on the plains of […]

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Rebuilding Broken Trust in a College Community

Published by EducationNews.org — Nothing is more convenient than the kick-out solution.  But avoiding unpacking the conflict weakens the community. Professor David Karp runs a Restorative Justice initiative at Skidmore College and researches college-student discipline practices.  He tells this story:  Two students at a Colorado college got the brilliant idea that a prank could liven up […]

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Children and Youth Voices are a Wealth of Information

Published by EducationNews.org — Part 5 of 5 on Leeds’ efforts to become a Child-Friendly City.  (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4) Last November, the Lord Mayor and Mayoress of Leeds, England invited 10 sixth-graders, 10 and 11-year-olds, to tea at their home.  Annually, for the last 10 years, the Leeds City Council has invited all the […]

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Child-Friendly Cities Are the Goal, Restoration Is the ‘How’

Published by EducationsNews.org — Part 4 of 5 on Leeds’ efforts to become a Child-Friendly City.  (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) In 2010, Leeds, the 3rd largest city in England, filched Nigel Richardson from his post as Director of Children’s Services in nearby Hull.  He’d led the charge to make Hull the world’s first “Restorative […]

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The Beauty Of Helping People Feel They’ve Been Heard

Published by EducationNews.org — Part 3 of 5 on Leeds’ efforts to become a Child-Friendly City (Part 1, Part 2) In 2005, when Nigel Richardson became their Director of Children’s Services, the city of Hull was sometimes called “the Detroit of England.”  Hull sits on the big gash of a river, the Humbert, that cuts towards […]

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Healthy Families Spawn Healthy Economic Conditions

Published by EducationNews.org — Part 1 of 5 on the efforts of Leeds, UK to become a Child-Friendly City. If a municipality or state got really serious about investing in the health and welfare of their kids, wouldn’t the economy also get healthier? I don’t mean political blah-blahing about “the children are our future.”  I’ll scream […]

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Juvenile Justice Is Not Only Blind, But Deaf

Published by EducationNews.org — Increasingly, the formal legal system has taken responsibility for conflict management out of the hands of ordinary people. Sometimes achieving Justice is as simple as listening until the victim feels heard. Increasingly, the formal legal system has taken responsibility for conflict management out of the hands of ordinary people.  The restorative justice movement is […]

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Survival on Urban Mean Streets at Odds with School Success

Published by EducationNews.org — Since 6th grade, she’s been a hair-trigger fighter, as Dad taught her.  But one day early this spring she realized she’d better get with the program. Kaitlyn finds herself in a weird fight with her dad — her beloved dad, I might add.  “I respect him so much.”  But she’s torn between two […]

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Restorative Conferencing Changes Rotten Behavior

Published by EducationsNews.org — No one wants kids to be arrested.  But equally horrible is just letting the matter go.  Conferencing offers a third option. The mom and her 15-year-old son are so palpably nervous you can almost see anxiety ions in the air.  He’s committed a seriously foolish act.  He and Mom want to […]

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Colorado Cuts School Exclusions, Racial Disparities Persist

Published by EducationNews.org — Suspensions are a lazy, useless way to deal with poor social skills. Last year in Colorado, a group called Padres Y Jovenes Unidos (Parents and Youth United) managed to get their Legislature to pass the “Smart School Discipline Law.”  Now schools must, by law, use “restorative justice or other disciplinary policies before resorting […]

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