Restorative Practices

There Has Never Been a Better Time to Teach Social Justice

Summary:  This article presents ideas from two State Teachers of the Year on how to use literature from the NNSTOY’s Social Justice Reading List.  With current events as they are, it is a great time to teach social justice! Source:  Lee-Ann Stephens and Katherine Bassett, Education Week, August 21, 2017 Categories:  Restorative Practices, Social Justice, …

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Restorative Justice a Serious Focus for New Orleans Charter

Summary:  The Net Charter High School in New Orleans does not suspend students, instead resolving conflicts among students or between students and teachers before they have time to fester. Source:  Tara Garcia Matthewson, Education DIVE, November 29, 2016 Categories:  Restorative Practices, Codes of Conduct, Student Behavior, SEL Basics Description: Restorative justice has replaced zero-tolerance discipline …

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Conflict Resolution

Why Restorative Practices Benefit All Students

Summary:  Dr. Maurice Elias interviews Dr. Brian Smith of the Committee for Children about the importance of restorative practices which offer hopeful solutions and alternatives to punitive discipline.  This is particularly important in the equitable treatment of all students regardless of their race or ethnicity. Source:  Maurice Elias, Edutopia, November 23, 2016 Categories:  Restorative Practices, …

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Restorative Opportunities after the Election

Summary:  This blog entry on the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ) talks about how restorative practices. circles, and other strategies are being used to help students process the election outcome and the resulting increase in bullying and harassment in schools across the country. Source:  Nancy Reistenberg, NACRJ, November 16, 2016 Categories:  Anti-Bullying, …

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Bringing Restorative Practices to Your School

Summary:  This article explores restorative practices and offers six lessons learned from replacing punitive discipline with a community-oriented, restorative approach.  Restorative practices not only can replace suspensions, but can also help to build a school culture and climate based on strengthening relationships and building community. Source: Laura McClure, Edutopia, October 10, 2016 Categories: Codes of …

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Counseling

Rethinking Student Discipline and Zero Tolerance

Summary: The U.S. Department of Education kicked off a “Rethinking Discipline” campaign over the summer that could help bring attention to “restorative practices,” an alternative to the zero-tolerance policies that are standard practice in many schools.  This article advocates for the use of restorative practices rather than zero tolerance and reports on ongoing research conducted …

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