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Restorative Practices

Restorative Justice Bill Introduced in Massachusetts

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 10.07.2013 | Crime
Pierre R. Berastaín

The first victim-offender dialogue in Massachusetts occurred in 2006, when Janet Connors met with two of the men who had murdered her son Joel.

School-to-Prison-Pipeline

Ted Wachtel | Posted 08.11.2013 | Crime
Ted Wachtel

Simple strategies, such as the use of restorative circles in classrooms, provide opportunity for students to communicate with their peers and teachers about feelings and concerns, reducing the anxiety and misunderstanding that produce tension and conflict in schools.

Restorative Justice Practices in Every Classroom

Ted Wachtel | Posted 06.04.2013 | Crime
Ted Wachtel

The data shows that restorative practices in schools have a remarkable positive impact when employed by everyone in the school.

Restorative Justice Is Not Forgiveness

Ted Wachtel | Posted 04.01.2013 | Crime
Ted Wachtel

Both the NY Times and the Today Show stories do their audience a disservice by dwelling on forgiveness as the apparent reason for restorative justice. Forgiveness is neither an expectation nor a goal of restorative justice.

There Are Proven Tools to Make Schools Safe, We Just Have to Use Them

Ted Wachtel | Posted 08.09.2012 | College
Ted Wachtel

Can we agree that it is less expensive to run a safe school than a dangerous one, thus saving taxpayers money? Can we agree that before test scores can rise, students have to feel safe at school?

Transforming Troubled Schools

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.03.2012 | Education
Robert Koehler

Restorative practices is a movement slowly transforming troubled schools and troubled communities around the globe -- a movement replacing zero tolerance and other punishment-based and wildly ineffective practices that increase people's feelings of separation and alienation from one another.