Photo © Carolina Kroon
Photo © Carolina Kroon
Photo © Carolina Kroon
Photo © Carolina Kroon


A Mindful Experience in Middle School

A period of mindful quiet led to an unusual moment of sharing and empathy in one 6th grade classroom. See Marieke van Woerkom's latest In the Circle blogpost. 

WNYC features a Restore360 School

On April 27, WNYC’s Beth Fertig reported on the spread of restorative practices in NYC's public schools, shining a light on the progress at the Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders, which is  part of Morningside Center’s Restore360 Program.  (We trained school staff and provided on-site coaching for staff over two years.)  

The school’s principal, David O’Hara, reported that his "in-school suspensions have since gone down considerably, cut by more than 40 percent in the past year alone. There was only one out-of-school suspension this year. Meanwhile, he said credit accumulation, attendance and the graduation rate have all gone up.Staffers say that’s largely because they and the students have gotten on board. Twelve students have already been trained as peer mediators, a selective process that takes several months, and 15 more have signed up.”  

Congratulations to students, staff, and principal at the Expeditionary Learning School! 

Tala Manassah joins de Blasio commission on school climate & discipline

Morningside Center Deputy Executive Director Tala Manassah was invited by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office to join the administration's Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline. Read more here.   (And for more on this work, see our presentation at the Albert Shanker Institute's forum on 'Fairness & Effectiveness in School Discipline.")  

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