An Alternative to In-School Suspension

In lieu of a more punitive approach, students use restorative practices to resolve conflicts and reflect on their behaviors. Conflict resolution is a key aspect of Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School’s approach to infractions that previously might have merited in-school suspension. In the school’s restorative circles, counselors guide students to recognize the impact of their behavior on their peers and the school as a whole.

Restoring Schools

The Teacher’s Democracy Project of Baltimore Maryland has produced a 14-minute video about how schools implement Restorative Practices district-wide. Listen to the voices of experience from teachers who have worked on bringing RJ to their learning environments.

Schools resolve conflicts by getting kids to talk things out (PBS NewsHour)

Schools across the country are moving away from an era of zero-tolerance policies and shifting toward methods that involve restorative justice, encouraging students to resolve their differences by talking to each other rather than resorting to violence. In New York City, five schools that have implemented this system are already seeing results. NewsHour Weekend’s Megan Thompson reports.

The Transformation of West Philadelphia High School: a story of hope

West Philadelphia High School was on the state’s “Persistently Dangerous Schools” list for six years. After one year of implementing Restorative Justice, the climate improved dramatically: suspensions dropped 50%, violent acts and serious incidents declined 52% in 2007-2008, and another 40% by the end of the Fall semester in 2008-2009. This video takes a look at what was done there.

It’s Time for California Schools to Stop Suspending More Students Than They Graduate

Listen to folks who have experienced the affects, and witnessed the results, of failed harsh discipline policies that aren’t adding up to a better tomorrow for students. You’ll hear students, teachers, and administrators who offer insider’s knowledge on how to fix this problem. Let’s keep schools safe, keep students in the classroom and pave the way for a healthy and more successful future for California’s young people.

TEDx Talk: Restorative Practices to Resolve Conflict and Build Relationships

This inspiring talk about taking a “Time In” with people who have caused problems for you was presented by Katy Hutchison at TEDx West Vancouver. Katy became a Restorative Justice advocate following the murder of her first husband. After ten years of sharing her story internationally to over five hundred schools and community groups, she views the education system as the structure with the most potential to affect positive social change. Katy sits on the Boards of Restorative Practices International & Glenlyon Norfolk School and volunteers for Leave Out Violence (LOVE).

Teaching Humanitarian Law with Raid Cross

Adolescents are surrounded by violence. Usually they see it in political or historical terms (through the media, teaching and literature) or in the context of amusements (video games, movies). The purpose of Raid Cross, a learning simulation, is to make these adolescents aware of the reality of armed conflict and humanitarian action, thus giving them tools for interpreting events, the news, and violence in general. Raid Cross is an activity that uses international humanitarian law as an instrument for encouraging more extensive thought about human behavior. It focuses on the protection of life and human dignity in wartime and, more generally, in all the experiences of daily life. For more information, visit the Red Cross collection of Resources for Educators.

Restorative Justice at Mountain View Alternative HS

Restorative Justice processes are being implemented across many schools in Fairfax County, VA. This video looks at the process at Mountain View Alternative High School after one year of implementation.

Restorative Practices and Texting While Driving

This video tells the story of a traffic accident caused by texting while driving that resulted in a fatality. It has been used as part of a 30-minute lesson plan focused on preventing traffic deaths due to distracted driving while also sharing the Restorative Justice Philosophy. The young man (19 years old at the time) who caused the accident now does speaking engagements in schools to try and help repair some of the harm he caused.

Restorative Justice Arts Initiative

Restorative Justice is a peaceful conflict resolution tool that has been implemented in many schools in central Michigan. The Central Michigan Restorative Justice Initiative asked the students they work with to create pieces of art that focus on Restorative Justice. This is a presentation of that artwork.