Student Voices

January 28, 2016
Jon, an 8th grader in our PAZ After-School Program at PS 214 in the Bronx, wrote this poem as part of a PAZ project leading up to Martin Luther King Day. The project included discussions about Black…
July 15, 2015
In a survey, 4Rs students were asked about the most important thing they learned, and about situations where they were able to use their new skills.  Here are some of their responses:  
July 8, 2015
In a survey, 4Rs students were asked what they do when they get upset.  Here are some of their responses: 
July 10, 2014
Lupe, a 12th grader from Brooklyn, talks about why she decided to become a Circle Keeper and the impact it has had on her interactions with other students.   I chose to do this because I wanted to…
April 22, 2014
Maya, Peer Mediator, PS 116 "Every new day when I mediate I learn something new, because of course everyone always makes mistakes, and you learn from mistakes.   Before when I was a not a…
March 25, 2014
Caryn, 12th grader, on Restorative Circles Circle helps with school life because you know that you can receive help not only from the teachers, but from the students. The circle process has…
February 25, 2014
Joseph, 12th grader, on restorative circles Joseph, a 12th grader in Brooklyn, says Restorative Circles are "different": Usually in class, "you're aligned and in a desk. You're behind someone,…
February 10, 2014
We encouraged students at our PAZ After-School Program in Brooklyn (grades 2-5) to write poems about their community, their dreams, what they love, what angers them, and other things they are…
July 11, 2007
To the Teacher: Student rights are often an issue in schools, but not every controversy over them lands in the Supreme Court. When one does, it presents an opportunity for students to learn about…