Posts Tagged RESTORATIVE PRACTICES

Student Advocates for Better Discipline, Restorative Practices

Published by EducationNews.org — When adults and students don’t take time to listen to each other, they can’t possibly develop empathy. Xilian Sansoucy was hungry for leadership opportunities when she began her freshman year at Classical High School, an exam school in Providence.  “I think it’s exhilarating to present” in public, she said.  A friend pulled her […]

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Give Students a Voice So They Can Improve Their Own School

Published by EducationNews.org — Working on a system to help troubled students stay in school, but be accountable to the community. Regina Winkfield, Principal of E-Cubed Academy in Providence, went into a minor tailspin when district budget cuts eliminated her Student Resource Officer (SRO).  Of course, SROs are a double-edged sword.  As police officers, carrying guns, they’re […]

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Dalhousie, A University With the Guts To Teach

Published by EducationNews.org — Restorative Justice has been tried, honed, and is now mature enough to weather the media onslaught. Our story takes place at top-ranked Dalhousie University in Canada.  A bunch of bad-boy dentistry students, in their 4th and last year of training, used an invitation-only Facebook page as their online men’s locker room.  Interspersed […]

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When Parents Separate, Family Courts Make Bad Situations Worse

Published by EducationNews.org — The legal system is about winning and losing, not about helping a broken family heal. A Chicago firefighter and the mother of their 10-year old daughter Alyssa agreed to live close to each other so Dad could see his child every day.  The extended family, especially two doting grandpas, wrapped themselves around the […]

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Maintaining Good Relationships is Inconvenient

Published by EducationNews.org — When all parties feel heard, agreements tend to stick. In a convenience culture, busy people have little patience for the tedious, sometimes maddening work of sustaining good relationships.  Checking out perceived slights, apologizing, talking things through are hard.  Yucky feelings come up and it takes time to sort things out, sometimes a […]

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‘Circles of Support,’ Socialization Reduce Sex Offender Recidivism

Published by EducationNews.org — People who have social support do well.  People who don’t, don’t.  Period. For most of his career, Dr. Robin Wilson, Ph.D. lied about his profession when asked socially.  He’d say he was an accountant, a pilot, a businessman.  It was easier that way.  Then he decided to man up.  Actually, he’s a […]

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A Fabulous Question Rescues a Teen’s Life

Published by EducationNews.org — Restoration needs a caring community to help offenders see the hurt and wretchedness they’ve inflicted on others. At the ripe old age of 13, the girl had already spent a couple of years being prostituted by her mother and taking all manner of drugs, thanks to Mom and the johns.  Nice, huh?  […]

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Trauma and the Growing Number of Hard-to-Manage Kids

Published by EducationNews.org — Kids with a significant history of trauma get a reputation for being bad kids, which only makes things worse. Today we’re at a training in Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Adolescents.  Hosted by Bradley Hospital, the oldest pediatric mental-health facility in the country, our teacher is Margaret Paccione-Dyszlewski, PhD.  The hosts […]

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Teaching Kids To Manage Their Own Behavior

Published by EducationNews.org —  Asking sincerely curious questions about their motives and choices puts the onus on the kids to do some actual thinking. Being held after school for a little straightening out are ten 6th-graders who were involved in one of two incidents.  Three girls were so compulsively talking with each other, they had to be […]

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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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