Restorative Circles

Posted Oct. 25, 2019

What You Think You Know About Restorative Justice Is Probably Wrong

On Monday, we ran a piece written by a mother whose experience with restorative justice was a horror story. Readers responded in large numbers to the piece,…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Oct. 21, 2019

My Child Was a Victim of Restorative Justice. But It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way.

In 2015, I started a three-year journey to acquire my doctorate in educational leadership. On top of going back to graduate school, I was a…

By Julia Carlson

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Posted Sep. 3, 2019

Here’s Why I Say No to Recess Detention, and You Should, Too

Recess Detention. The low-hanging fruit of punishments. The easiest thing to take away from a child because they owe us something. At best, it’s a…

By Wendy Turner

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Posted June 13, 2019
Three teenagers talking outside of a building.

Fixing School Discipline Policies Requires Listening and Looking at the Data

Research tells us that despite past efforts of educators and education advocates, Black and Latinx students are still consistently suspended at disproportionate rates. As districts…

By Michael F. Lewis, Ph.D.

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Posted Mar. 6, 2019

When I Failed My Student, Restorative Justice Picked Us Up

During one of my daily writing warm-up exercises Alex, a sophomore in my remedial English class, decided to exercise his defiance by yelling, “Get off…

By Shannon Levitt

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Posted Dec. 14, 2018

6 Steps Towards Restorative Justice in Your School

In all the talk about the importance of reducing suspensions and other exclusionary discipline practices in schools, one question looms large for most educators and…

By Eva Harder

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Posted June 25, 2018

When Restorative Justice Is Done Right, It Can Make Schools Safer, Even When Your Kid Is the Victim

The day another kid tried to choke my daughter, it would have been easy to go full-force Mama Bear and demand a suspension. But it…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 26, 2018

If We Really Want to Make Schools Safe, We Need to Build Community

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently assembled a school safety commission that will explore the need to repeal guidance that helps schools discipline students without discriminating.…

By Teresa Fenske

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Posted Feb. 16, 2018

Do I Really Have to Say That Suspensions Hurt Kids?

In the recent article “Suspension Bans Hurt Kids,” which argues that a ban on “willful defiance” suspensions in Los Angeles public schools has led to…

By Christina Kim

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Posted Nov. 19, 2019

Our Children Need Better Politicians

Can we all agree that the basic care and development of America’s children—yes, every single one of them—is a cardinal virtue that should live unbothered…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Nov. 19, 2019

Here’s How Cutting-Edge Charter School Leaders of Color Engage Families for Student Success

For decades, parents and charter school administrators have cultivated best practices to build inclusive, welcoming and student-centered school communities across the country. From single-site schools…

By Nina Rees

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Posted Nov. 15, 2019

DACA Isn’t Just a Debate to Me

Growing up undocumented with immigrant parents, I was made aware of my status and the limitations it imposed on me. I learned to always be…

By Citlali Perez

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