Restorative Circles

Posted Mar. 17, 2021

Restorative Justice Isn’t Just for the Students, It’s for the Adults Too

Let’s face it: Our public schools are, in the main, alienating and repressive institutions whose function it is to provide our society with an army…

By Matthew Guldin

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Posted Mar. 5, 2021

Storytelling and Restorative Practices Are Key to Social-Emotional Learning

When COVID-19 closed our schools almost a year ago, teachers—regardless of how many years we’d been in a classroom—suddenly became new teachers again. Distance learning…

By Erica Prince, Christina Devonis, Alexandra Buckmire

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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 May 7, 2021

Since Critical Race Theory Is Being Called ‘Indoctrination,’ Let’s Go There

I wanna have a heart to heart with my Black people real quick. Last week I found out Idaho passed a bill to ban the…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted May 10, 2021

You’d Think We Would Stop Paddling Kids in School but You’d Be Wrong

The state has our hands tied. Kids are disrespectful and defiant. There’s absolutely nothing we can do to punish them that bothers them except spank…

By Tate Aldrich

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Posted May 10, 2021

The Pandemic Windfall Must Support Students’ Mental Health, Too

This fall, most students will return to school full time. But the kids are not alright.  Students’ return to the classroom comes after more than…

By Brandon Lewis

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