This video looks at taking the implementation of Restorative Practices in Chicago Public Schools to “the next level, the community level, to the parent level to expand best practices that we’re seeing taking place in our school so that we truly have a restorative community wrapped around our students.”
This video shows the various stages of a restorative conference between two young men, their families, friends, and other community members to address a situation of harm doing—Part 1: Dialogue: opening introductions, establishing guidelines, responsible youth incident summary, person harmed shares impact, family of responsible youth shares impact, community member perspective, Part II: Creating the Restorative Action Plan, Part III: Closing of restorative conference
This video discusses and shows the steps of a Restorative Pre-Conference (separately) with participants on different sides of an incident in which harm was done. The pre-conference aims to get participants comfortable and familiar (enough) with the conference to be willing and able to participate effectively when the parties are brought together to repair the harm and make things right. In this particular pre-conference the student who inflicted harm and his parents come together with the conference facilitators.
RP Video Library: This video shows a powerful Welcome and Reentry Circle that welcomes a student back to school after an absence. The circle is implemented with fidelity, according to the key restorative circle components found at our Introduction to Circles.
RP Video Library: This video shows the power of an effectively teacher facilitated circle to build community and address issues. The circle is implemented with fidelity, according to the key restorative circle components found at our introduction to circles.
RP Video Library: This video shows the power of an effectively student facilitated restorative circle to build community through storytelling. The circle is implemented with fidelity, according to the key restorative circle components found at our introduction to circles.
RP Video Library: In this video, administration, staff and students talk about the school’s transition from punitive practices to restorative practices and how the shift in mindset and practice impacted relationships at the school and school culture overall.
RP Video Library: In this video, administration and school staff talk about what restorative practices are, why we use restorative practices and what they look like implemented holistically in a school.
The student-led March for Our Lives was one of the largest demonstrations ever in Washington, D.C. Youth activists across the country are in the spotlight.
Black History Month was our excuse for asking our co-worker Daniel Coles, who is coordinating Morningside Center’s racial equity initiatives, to share some books he recommends to educators to raise our awareness on issues related to race. Behold the list below, in alphabetical order by author!
In this activity, students share their feelings about the election, have a listening circle, and then participate in a community-building activity.
Updated: The presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on October 9, 2016, raised some important but difficult issues about sexism and sexual assault. In this activity, students learn about and discuss the controversy, hear and discuss Michelle Obama's comments about it, share thoughts and feelings in a "listening circle," and brainstorm ways we can increase our respect for each other.
Consider giving students a few moments of silence and calm by asking them to focus on an object. If students respond positively to the experience, repeat it.
In this brief activity, students consider Oxfam's finding that the world's richest 1% will own half of global wealth by 2016.