DC Alliance for Restorative Practices to be housed under Restorative DC

The DC Alliance for Restorative Practices will now be housed under the Restorative DC umbrella. New website and more info to come out soon when we will fully transition.

You can also follow Restorative DC on Facebook and Twitter! (former DCARP accounts)

If you signed up to DCARP mailing list, you will now receive our brand-new Restorative DC newsletter, starting this month.

We will maintain a focus on expanding a network of practitioners and RJ-curious, in particular through our meetings, on the third Tuesday of each quarter, and our Community of Practice peer-to-peer events in DC. Stay tuned!

Next DCARP meeting:

Tuesday, February 16, 9:00-10:30am
SchoolTalk Office
1875 Connecticut Ave, NW #660
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/212664435
Or join by phone: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll); Meeting ID: 212 664 435
(and then every third Tuesday of the quarter thereafter)

Agenda items :
– Member updates
– Restorative DC update and opportunities to get involved
– Brainstorm strategies to make DC a restorative city

Please send along anything else you would like to discuss to tarek@schooltalk.org.

Based on our recent survey results, we will continue to send out monthly mailings and work on their reliability and optics. We invite more member contributions to the content, including stories of local projects or requests for collaboration around joint projects/advocacy. Please let us know what you are up to, lessons learned, success stories, questions, opportunities, etc.

After our first irregular meeting date, we will move to meetings every third Tuesday of the quarter (alternating AM/PM) unless there is a reason to convene a special meeting in the interim. In addition to member updates, we will ask members in advance to ask for or offer agenda items, including professional development or joint project/advocacy opportunities. We will try out zoom for more reliable remote access to meetings.

TENTATIVE 2016 DCARP MEETING SCHEDULE
April 19, 6:30-8:00pm
July 19, 9:00-10:30am
October 18, 6:30-8:00pm

DCARP in 2016: a new path, announcements, and Feb 2 meeting

By Tarek Maassarani

Dear DCARP Community!

As part of a larger process of self-reflection, we asked in DCARP members to complete a short 5-minute survey in November to help us determine the future of DCARP, including whether or not to hold regular meetings.

In this mailing you will find discover the results of that process, details on our next meeting, as well as your usual announcements below.

2015 SURVEY RESULTS

A large majority of respondents read the regular listserve mailings related to restorative practices and wish for DCARP to continue sharing information, resources, and opportunities this way.  There were suggestions to reformat, provide more advance notice, and include additional content such as stories about local projects.  Around 2/3 of respondents also wanted DCARP to continue to host meetings as an opportunity for professional development and to plan for joint advocacy and projects, but less than half were willing to get more involved or had attended one more more meetings in the past.  The most popular meeting slots were Monday/Wednesday mornings and Thursdays for an evening slot.

DCARP IN 2016

Based on these results, we will continue to send out monthly mailings and work on their reliability and optics.  We invite more member contributions to the content, including stories of local projects or requests for collaboration around joint projects/advocacy.  Please let us know what you are up to, lessons learned, success stories, questions, opportunities, etc.  After our first irregular meeting date, we will move to meetings every third Tuesday of the quarter (alternating AM/PM) unless there is a reason to convene a special meeting in the interim.  In addition to member updates, we will ask members in advance to ask for or offer agenda items, including professional development or joint project/advocacy opportunities.  We will try out zoom for more reliable remote access to meetings.

NEXT MEETING

February 29:00-10:30am

SchoolTalk Office

1875 Connecticut Ave, NW #660

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/212664435

Or join by phone: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll); Meeting ID: 212 664 435

Agenda items so far:

– Member updates

– Restorative DC update and opportunities to get involved

– Brainstorm strategies to make DC a restorative city

Please send along anything else you would like to discuss.

TENTATIVE 2016 DCARP MEETING SCHEDULE

April 19, 6:30-8:00pm

July 19,  9:00-10:30am

October 18, 6:30-8:00pm

ANNOUNCEMENTS
– Feb 1 & 3 virtual telesummit on restorative school communities

– Join the DC Education for Change Coalition

– RJ on the Kojo Nnamdi Show

– Though-provoking articles on RJ, evidence-based practice, and ISIS

TELESUMMIT ON RESTORATIVE SCHOOL COMMUNITIES

Register now for the Feb. 1 & 3 virtual summit entitled: Teaching Peace in Schools: Cultivating Restorative School Communities.  This free virtual telesummit, hosted by Peace Alliance and the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice, features inspiring wisdom and leadership from the field of Restorative Justice and Social & Emotional Learning in schools, including Dominic Barter and Camisha Fatimah Gentry. Join this free summit, via phone or webcast, to learn practical examples and methods that can be brought into our schools to improve our children’s lives, setting them up for success not just academically, but also relationally and emotionally. As a baseline for lasting success, focal areas in this summit include: Restorative Justice & Circle Practices, Mindfulness Practices in Schools, Social & Emotional Learning Skills and Nonviolent Communication.

Feb. 1st at 12:00 pm Pacific / 3:00 Eastern & Feb. 3rd at 5:30 pm Pacific / 8:30 Eastern (approx. 1.5 hours each). See  http://org.salsalabs.com/o/696/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=85219

CHECK OUT DECC

The DC Education Coalition for Change (DECC) is a coalition of residents, educators, and leaders in DC who advocate for educational equity, social justice, and the general well-being of children in our city. DCECC advocates for educational equity in three areas: Community Schools/Youth Services, dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline, and Teacher/School Leadership. DCECC’s goal is to inform our elected officials as they lead the charge to improve schools in D.C.

RJ ON LOCAL RADIO

“With statistics pointing to continued racial gaps in suspension and expulsion rates, schools are turning toward ‘restorative justice’ as a way to resolve conflicts, build a sense of community, and keep kids in school. Kojo explores how restorative justice works in one local school system, finds out how it helps keep peace in — and outside — the classroom, and discusses its impact on the “school-to-prison” pipeline.  With guests:

  • Arthur Romano Assistant Professor, School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
  • Vickie Shoap Restorative Justice Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Jonathan Stith Founder and National Coordinator, Alliance for Educational Justice

http://thekojonnamdishow.org/shows/2015-12-09/beyond-zero-tolerance-restorative-justice-in-schools

ARTICLES

On the Limitations of Evidence-Based Practice by Carolyn Boyes-Watson and Kay Pranis: “The use of evidence-based practice as a guide for correctional investment is widely lauded as a positive shift away from punitive approaches to criminal justice. The value-neutral language of science, however, supplants a more fundamental and necessary dialog about core principles of our justice system. We raise concern that the discourse of evidence-based practice serves to avoid accountability for the dominant correctional regime which remains overwhelmingly invested in the imposition of punishment. Furthermore, evidence-based practice privileges academic expertise and de-legitimizes the knowledge base within affected communities stifling grassroots innovation and creativity.”

http://www.rjbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/SCIENCECANNOTFIXTHIS-1.pdf

How do you Deradicalize Returning ISIS Fighters?  According to the Guardian, Denmark “has produced more fighters per head of its population than any other western European country bar Belgium.” And yet the approach they take to re-integration is one based not on punishment but on getting these people back on their feet locally. They are finding ways to help young people face the issues that young people face all over the world: education, employment and inclusion.  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/12/deradicalise-isis-fighters-jihadists-denmark-syria

DCARP January News

Dear DCARP community,
I hope 2015 brings you all much joy and growth!
~ Tarek Maassarani

Please see the meeting notes for our December meeting attached and note the details for our first meeting of the year.

DCARP meeting

Tuesday, January 20
8:00-9:00pm EST

1820 S St. NW (Dupont Circle)

Call in 1-605-475-5950
Access code: 1983153

Building on discussions in our last meeting, we will make plans for DCARP offering workshop(s) at OSSE’s Conference on Best Practices in Education to be held May 1-2 (see attached Call for Proposals).  We will also update the advocacy ideas discussed at our last meeting and hear from Leila, Tarek, and Suzanne on their follow-up action items (see attached meeting notes).

Also find a revised copy of our policy platform, modified to better incorporated proactive practices.  Your feedback through track change comments or edits is welcome and appreciated.

In the remainder of this post, you’ll find info :

  • Basic Jan 24 Restorative Practices in Schools Course
  • 60% NACRJ discount membership opportunity
  • RJ in the news (ESED blog, NPR, and YES! Magazine)
  • RJ videos (Azim Khamisa)
  • Social justice resources

RJ TRAINING OPPORTUNITY:

The Mediation & Conflict Resolution Center and Howard Community College proudly present Basic Restorative Practices in Schools
CRES-901, Available in Credit or Non-Credit Format
Saturday, January 24 and Saturday, February 7, 2015
8:00am – 4:30pm

Basic Restorative Practices in Schools is a one-credit course designed to equip K-12 educators to lead basic Restorative Practices in their school communities. 100% attendance and class participation are mandatory to receive passing grade. Attendance is limited to 20. (For further details, see attached. Page two of attachment contains registration instructions.)  Students who complete the course will receive Certificate of Completion, and be able to:

▪ Differentiate between Proactive and Responsive Restorative Practices
▪ Describe Benefits of Restorative Practices in Schools
▪ Facilitate Community-Building Circles in Schools
▪ Facilitate Responsive Circles in Schools
▪ List, Explain and Utilize the Five Restorative Questions
(Questions about course content? See attached flyer or email kathyrockefeller@howardcc.edu)
NACRJ DISCOUNT MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Please let Tarek know asap if you are interested in steeply discounted membership to the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice.  If up to 5 DCARP members are willing to cover the discounted $150 cost of institutional membership for DCARP available to us until the end of January, each will get regular membership (which otherwisey costs $75) and benefit from reduced rates to the 2015 national conference in June; access to large topical collections of full-text public documents; featured videos, readings, sample policy statements, training and conference listings; and access to the On-line Membership Directory for networking and professional development.  See http://www.nacrj.org/ for more info.

RJ IN THE NEWS:

ESED Blog on “Solutions not Suspensions in DC” by Stacey Eunnae from the Every Student Every Day Coalition
http://www.dcly.org/solutions_not_suspensions_in_dc

YES Magazine article on restorative justice and violence against African Americans
http://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/this-country-needs-a-truth-and-reconciliation-process-on-violence-against-african-americans

NPR Story on Restorative Justice at an Oakland Middle School
http://www.npr.org/2014/12/17/371483112/restorative-justice-a-new-approach-to-discipline-at-school

RJ VIDEOS:

I met Azim Khamisa in November and was very inspired by his story of forgiving the young man that murdered his son and then working with the young man’s grandfather to establish a foundation to address violence through education and restorative justice.  A few of his videos:

My Hero Link: http://myhero.com/go/hero.asp?hero=Azim_Khamisa_2012

You Tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEwebk6wfPg

CBS:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBDeFi-04VM

NBC:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKJSOHigxhI

SOCIAL JUSTICE RESOURCES:

Thanks to Brandon Wallace for these!

White Privilege Checklist:
http://crc-global.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/white-privilege.pdf

Solely adapted from the works by Peggy McIntosh, Associate Director of the Wellesley College Center

Cultural Competence Checklist:

http://www.asha.org/uploadedFiles/Cultural-Competence-Checklist-Personal-Reflection.pdf

from the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association 

Social Class Privilege Checklist:

http://www.sap.mit.edu/content/pdf/class_privilege_checklist.pdf

from MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning

Class Privilege:

http://www.thewtc.org/Invisibility_of_Class_Privilege.pdf

from the Women’s Theological Center

Lastly, the following website provides ideas that surround social justice (e.g., 30+ Examples of Male Privilege, 30+ Examples of Christian Privilege, 30+ Examples of Cisgender Privilege, 30+ Examples of Middle-to-Upper Class Privilege, 30+ Examples of Heterosexual Privilege in the US.)

http://itspronouncedmetrosexual.com/2012/01/29-examples-of-heterosexual-privilege/

DCARP December 2014 Meeting, Social Event, News and Job Openings

Dear DCARP community,
Please note the details for our next meeting and social event (below):

 

December DCARP Meeting

Tuesday, Dec 16, 12:30-1:45pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Room A-3
901 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Call in: 1-605-475-5950 (Midwest)

Access code: 1983153

We will share updates on the school pilots and the potential establishment of a DC community conferencing center.

RJ Gathering and “Beyond Conviction” film screening
Sunday Dec 14, 6-9pm
Maitri House Intentional Community
251 Manor Circle, Takoma Park, MD 20912

We will have dinner at 6pm (you are invited, but not expected, to contribute a dish), followed by a screening and discussion of the powerful, award-winning, Oprah and MSNBC-featured documentary “Beyond Conviction” at 6:30pm.

“Filmmaker Rachel Libert captures spiraling histories of violence with clarity. In highlighting the parallel struggles of both parties, this is more than a televised mediation‹it¹s a humanizing portrait of life after death…. Beyond Conviction doesn¹t promote eye-for-an-eye retribution, or even turning the other cheek. Instead it documents a double-sided healing process, and turns the notion of justice on its head.” Paul Farber, Philadephia Weekly

In the remainder of this email, you’ll find info :

  • November 10 meeting highlights and action steps
  • Dec 10 Mayoral Transition Committee Education hearing
  • Openings for DC school and juvenile justice agency positions
  • DCPS online discussion forum
  • USIP online engaging youth training with Dominic Barter
  • E.L. Haynes job opening
  • Circle Forward book release
  • Free RJ films
  • Huffington Post article on Critical Exposure

NOVEMBER MEETING HIGHLIGHTS AND ACTION STEPS 

We discussed conducting research on what RJ programming is already available in DC, defining methodologies, and identifying gaps/funding in order to justify new RJ programs and funding.  Alex and Gretchen expressed interested.  Please contact Tarek if you may want to contribute.

We also followed up on our idea of hosting a DC peer-sharing conference on restorative justice.  Please contact Tarek if interested in organizing. Tarek and Saleem will follow up on potential funding.

TRANSITION  COMMITTEE EDUCATION HEARING
The Mayor-Elect’s Transition Committee is hosting public engagement fora, including on education this Wednesday, December 10 at 8:00AM. Tarek will be testifying on behalf of DCARP.  Please contact Tarek if you would like to collaborate or sign up here to testify on your own.

DC EDUCATION AND JUVENILE JUSTICE-RELATED OPENINGS
In advocating for restorative justice with Mayor-elect Murial Bowser, DCARP friend, Perry Seidman, has been urgently asked by her transition team for recommendations for over 40 high-level appointed posts in DC government.  We are excited to pass on qualified candidates who would bring an awareness of restorative practices and principles to the school and juvenile justice related agencies.  If a director-level position in any of the following agencies sounds like a fit, please contact Tarek.

DCPS ONLINE DISCUSSION FORUM
Launched last year, http://www.engagedcps.org/ is an online discussion forum to share ideas and feedback with DCPS schools and leadership.

USIP ONLINE COURSE

The US Institute of Peace’s Peacebuilding Academy is offering an online course on Engaging Youth in peacebuilding January 5 to February 1, 2015, with guest RJ expert Dominic Barter and Tarek Maassarani.  See https://academyonline.usip.org/ao/course/community-based-peacebuilding-engaging-youth/

CIRCLE FORWARD BOOK RELEASE

“Circle Forward: Building a Restorative School Community” by Kay Pranis and Carolyn Boyes-Watson has just been released.  It is a resource guide designed to help teachers, administrators, students and parents incorporate the practice of Circles into the everyday life of the school community with comprehensive step–by-step instructions for how to plan, facilitate and implement the Circle for a variety of purposes within the school environment.  It describes the basic process, essential elements and a step-by-step guide for how to organize, plan, and lead Circles. It also provides over one hundred specific lesson plans and ideas. To get copies at a special introductory price, visit here.

FREE RJ FILMS:

Restorative justice. Inspiring the future of a just society for all”: released on the occasion of the international Restorative Justice Week 2014, a short film prepared by the European Forum for Restorative Justice and the Foresee Research Group from Hungary.

Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness, survivors of conflicts in Rwanda, Northern Ireland, and Israel and Palestine share their stories of loss and recovery in their own words.

HUFFINGTON POST ARTICLE ON CRITICAL EXPOSURE

“In Washington, D.C.’s public schools, African-American students are almost six times as likely to be suspended or expelled as their white classmates. Students with disabilities are also disciplined at higher rates than their peers.  But a group of local students is hoping to use their artwork to change that.  Students participating in a program with the nonprofit group Critical Exposure contend that disciplinary practices in the District’s public schools contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline, which pushes minority and vulnerable students out of school and into the penal system.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/03/critical-exposure-school-to-prison-pipeline_n_6094376.html

E.L. Haynes Public Charter School – High School Recovery Room Specialist

About

E.L. Haynes Public Charter School was founded in 2004 and has an award-winning program based on effective practices for advancing student achievement. E.L. Haynes is among the top-performing charter schools in Washington D.C., and is recognized locally and nationally as a model and for our exceptional student achievement gains.  E.L. Haynes currently serves over 1,000 students in grades PreK-11 and continues to grow until it serves PreK-12th grade.

Our Mission 

Every E.L. Haynes student of every race, socioeconomic status, ability level, and home language will reach high levels of academic achievement and be prepared to succeed at the college of his or her choice.  Every E.L. Haynes student will be adept at mathematical reasoning, will use scientific methods effectively to frame and solve problems, and will develop the lifelong skills needed to be successful individuals, active community members, and responsible citizens.

 Overview of the Role

The Recovery Room Specialist works at the High School to support the continuum of discipline processes in order to effectively support students and help them be accountable for their behavior, particularly when harm has been done in the classroom or within the school community. The Recovery Room Specialist is a 12-month position and reports to the Assistant Principal of Restorative Justice.

Position Responsibilities

Serve as the Recovery Room Specialist in various aspects of the school community, including but not limited to the following:

Support Restorative Discipline Processes

►     Work collaboratively with school administrators to support students who are struggling behaviorally or are having challenges related to school discipline

►     Supervise the Recovery Room, including related data tracking and documentation related to all student referrals

►     Support students in developing and implementing a plan to repair the wrong done and rebuild trust.

►     Positively connect with students and demonstrate care for them while supporting implementation of the school’s discipline policy

►     Ensure that all students clearly understand Recovery Room expectations, consistently enforce the expectations and communicate with AP Restorative Justice if there are any issues with compliance in the Recovery Room

►     Oversee Refocus (detention), including data tracking and monitoring, which occurs from daily

►     Support Saturday school and Intersession student services, as necessary

►     Supports School Administration with any other tasks as needed.

The ideal candidate will possess:

►     A belief that all children, from every background, must receive an excellent, college-preparatory education, and are able to reach high levels of academic achievement

►     Bachelor’s Degree required; Psychology, Social Work, Behavioral Science, Education or related field preferred

►     Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with diverse students and families

►     Outstanding written and oral communication skills

►     Manages time and prioritizes tasks to ensure that deadlines are met

►     Self-motivation, especially when juggling competing priorities

►     Ability to think strategically, translate thoughts to action, and follow-through

►     Outstanding organizational skills and ability to maintain systems

►     Humility, a sense of humor, and flexibility in an entrepreneurial environment

Salary & Benefits 

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, depending on experience and qualifications.
E.L. Haynes is an equal-opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, and promote for all jobs on the basis of merit, qualifications, skills and competence. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, marital status, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other protected status.  E.L. Haynes will fully comply with all employment-related and other laws. All employment decisions will be made solely on the basis of the individual’s qualifications as related to the requirement of the position being filled.

To Apply

Please visit the Join Our Team page on the E.L. Haynes website to submit an application:  http://www.elhaynes.org/work-bethechange.php.  You may upload your resume and other relevant documents.

Recent Restorative Justice News Articles – October/Nov 2014

Dropout Nation – The Beltway’s Shameful Discipline

“Another step lies with states, along with the District of Columbia. Maryland took a strong step in January when its state board of education enacted regulations to end zero tolerance discipline actions and push districts towards restorative justice approaches that actually help students learn to behave better while keeping them in school. This is already achieving some result; Montgomery County’s suspension counts declined by 37 percent between 2013 and 2014, according to state data. [The District of Columbia’s charter school board has also worked to reduce overuse of harsh school discipline.]”

NPR – New Approaches To Discipline Strive To Keep Kids Out Of Jail

“Some schools around the country are trying new approaches to discipline designed to keep students within a school community rather than push them out.”

Elevation DC – DC teens show the world through their eyes–and their camera lenses

“[S]tudents have rallied to tackle the school-to-prison pipeline, a national trend where students’ petty transgressions that would once have led to a warning or detention now lead to long-term suspension or police enforcement.”

New York Times – De Blasio Plans Revised Code for Discipline in Schools

“The de Blasio administration plans to release a new school discipline code this fall, part of a larger initiative to examine school safety, discipline, suspensions and arrests. Politically, the stakes are high for Mr. de Blasio, who gained traction in the race for mayor agitating on issues of social justice and, as with his policing strategies, will have to balance the rights of students to be treated fairly with the need for schools to remain safe.”

Huffington Post – Restorative Discipline Should Be Common Practice to Lower Student and Teacher Dropout Rate

“If children cannot multiply fractions, we don’t expect them to figure it out for themselves or stick them in detention to learn how. Yet with behavior, we assume that punishment or the concomitant suffering will teach students what they don’t know. We somehow believe that students will correct their behavior after a one-time instruction rather than recognizing that, like everything else, learning has to be delivered many times using many methods for it to take hold.”

Wall Street Journal – For More Teens, Arrests by Police Replace School Discipline

“A generation ago, schoolchildren caught fighting in the corridors, sassing a teacher or skipping class might have ended up in detention. Today, there’s a good chance they will end up in police custody.”

The Washington Post – Family in Anne Arundel pastry gun case loses school board appeal

“Responding to the opinion, Ficker said that the school system “should know how to deal with 7-year-olds who don’t hurt anyone,” without removing them from school. “This is not a 17-year-old,” he said.”

New York Times – With Black Students, Some Schools Are More Ready to Punish Than Help

“In March, I read a report from the federal Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights about racial inequities in education. Its findings were discouraging, but in many ways they validated my own experience.”

Huffington Post – Implicit Bias and the School to Prison Pipeline

“The statistically significant racial disparities in school discipline are too large and longstanding to have occurred by chance. School officials are exercising their discretion and imposing disciplinary measures in ways that disadvantage African-American students and severely undermines their access to equal educational opportunities.”

The Oregonian – Oregon Department of Education fines Portland Public Schools for over-disciplining African American special education students

“The Oregon Department of Education has fined Portland Public Schools for disciplining African American special education students at a higher rate than other students. The punishment means the district must use $1.5 million, or 15 percent of its federal funding from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, between the 2014-15 school year and the 2015-16 school year to address the problem.”

National Journal – How We Are Successfully Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Denver

“As history has shown us time and again, it is only the organized strength of the people most affected that can change the balance of power and force officials to reconsider systems of inequity and dramatically shift the policies that create them.”

October News and Upcoming DCARP Meeting

Dear DCARP community,

I want to welcome a number of new members to the Network and provide a brief end-of-summer update of restorative practices in DC, some discussed during our last September meeting and some new developments.  At bottom you will find a variety of upcoming events; news; resources; and training, publication, and job opportunities.

But first, please take note of our next DCARP meeting where we will plan next steps for restorative practices at schools and hear from guest speaker(s) with experience in school implementation (to be confirmed).

Tarek Maassarani

DCARP MONTHLY MEETING

Tuesday, October 14
8:00-9:30pm EST
Call in 1-605-475-5950
Access code: 1983153
Email Tarek at maassive@gmail.com to get exact address of meeting.

DCARP UPDATES

– DCPS is supporting a Johns Hopkins-funded RJ pilot program at Cardozo being implemented through the International Institute for Restorative Practices.  DCARP is trying to get more information and offer support.
– We are still waiting to hear back from OSSE about a possible pilot program open to public and charter schools.
– DCARP’s partner organization (on whose advisory board DCARP serves) invites you to sign up for the Every Student, Every Day Coalition, whose mission is to promote social, economic, and racial justice by advocating for policies and programs that increase school attendance, enhance school engagement, promote student achievement, and decrease the District’s reliance on suspension, expulsion, and school-based arrest. Once you sign up to be a supporter of the Coalition, we will keep you up to date with news about these issues, events organized by the Coalition, and our efforts to encourage positive change by policy-makers and school leaders. Sign up here: http://www.dcly.org/esed_sign_up.

UPCOMING EVENTS

– A Call to Action:  Solutions Not Suspensions! A documentary film screening of “Solutions Not Suspensions” A presentation about  school pushout in DC and ways to push for reform led by AJE & Critical Exposure, Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at The Next Step Public Charter School, 3047 15th Street NW.
– IIRP 17th World Conference, October 27-29, 2014, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA; Pre/post-conference Oct. 23-26 & Oct. 30-Nov. 2.  Visithttp://www.iirp.edu/17th-iirp-world-conference.php
– Maryland’s 5th Restorative Justice Conference, November 6 – 7, 2014.  Visit www.CRIMaryland.org
– Conference on “Exploring the potential of restorative justice for sexual violence” at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven – Belgium), November 12-14.  Visit http://mail.statik.be/t/r-l-mtlndl-tkljjdjdo-g/
– International Restorative Justice Week 2014 is November 16-23, 2014.  See what the Canadians are up to: www.csc-scc.gc.ca/restorative-justice/003005-2000-eng.shtml
And a smaller US initiative: http://www.rjweek.com/

RJ/RP TRAININGS

– Evening discussion on conflict and Restorative Circles  – a technique for moving towards conflict – led by Jonathan Kirkendall, a psychotherapist in DC and teacher at the DC Shambhala Center who has been using this method both in his practice and in his community since 2010”.  September 25th – 7:00-8:30 – Shambhala Center DC – 3520 Connecticut Ave NW (rear/side entrance).  Visit http://dc.shambhala.org/location/
– Upcoming free IIRP webinars:
October 7 – Building Campus Community: Restorative Practices in Residential Life on College and University Campuses
October 10 – SaferSanerSchools: Whole-School Change Through Restorative Practices
Visit http://www.iirp.edu/webinars.php
– “PeaceCircles” at the DC Trainers’ Network monthly skillshare at the Washington Peace Center with Bette Rainbow Hoover of Just Peace Circles (www.justpeacecircles.org) and Mali Parke of the Peace Circle Center (www.peacecirclecenter.org). Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1509188482660177/

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RESOURCES

– European Forum for Restorative Justice – to sign up for monthly Europe-focused news, trainings, resources, and opportunities on RJ, visit:http://www.euforumrj.org/home
– TED talk: Jean Klasovsky on the implementation of RJ in schools.  Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqktOiYG5NM

JOBS
– In-School Mediation Coordinator (AmeriCorps) at CRCMC. The information about how to apply is here: http://www.mdmediation.org/americorps/-applicants. Information about pay and benefits is here: http://www.mdmediation.org/americorps/general-info-overview

NEWS

– Following the OSSE Report, Councilmember Grosso introduced legislation in July that would ban all pre-K suspensions except for those in cases in which a student caused, attempted, or threatened serious bodily injury. The legislation also includes data reporting requirements for LEAs. Here’s the Post story about the legislation: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/dc-bill-would-ban-school-suspensions-for-citys-pre-k-students/2014/07/13/3af8270c-07b6-11e4-8a6a-19355c7e870a_story.html.  And DCist: http://dcist.com/2014/07/suspending_expelling_pre-k_students.php
– For the Post’s coverage of the OSSE report on suspensions and expulsions in DC schools: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/local/wp/2014/07/14/five-things-to-know-about-suspension-and-expulsion-in-d-c-schools/
– YES! announced the essay winners of their spring student writing contest “Where Dignity is Part of the School Day”. Visithttp://www.yesmagazine.org/for-teachers/essay-bank/spring-2014/spring-2014-winning-essays-literary-gems?utm_source=EdNews&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=20140820

BOOK OPPORTUNITY
David Smith is working on a book on peacebuilding careers for undergraduates, in particular those who work with local youth offender programs.  Here is his book’s prospectus.  The book is far ranging, including both domestic and international work.  It will be addressed though to a US/Canadian audience.  Part of the book will include stories from young professionals (22-35 age range) who are working in peacebuilding efforts using their undergraduate (not graduate) degrees.  Here is the way the stories should be shaped.  Do you know of any professionals who might fit this?  Contact davidjsmith@fulbrightmail.org.

DCARP’s Policy Platform is Live! Sign our petition to support Restorative Practices awareness in the District!

In the last decade, Restorative Practices have gained more and more supporters and practitioners and in 2013, some of us decided to join energy and resources to create a network which main purpose is to raise awareness about Restorative Practices in the schools, youth organizations and justice systems: the DC Alliance for Restorative Practices was born. We’ll talk more about this and our efforts soon.

Today, we write our first blog with exciting news!

As you may know, DC mayoral and city council elections are coming up April 1 and this year the DC Alliance for Restorative Practices is promoting restorative practices as an evidence-based tool for schools and the juvenile justice system to effectively address the “school-to-prison” pipeline.

If you care about reducing juvenile delinquency and violence, cultivating positive youth development and community building, equity and disparate minority impact, quality of education, or balancing the DC budget, please help us make this an election issue and a matter of public concern by acting now.

What can you do?  Here are a few simple and urgent options:

  • If you are part of or know an organization or agency that is based in DC AND/OR serves youth and families AND/OR works on human rights, justice or education issues locally or nationally, ask the organization to publicly support the DCARP Restorative Practice Policy Platform.  Contact Tarek Maassarani at maasssive@gmail.com for help understanding or presenting the platform and to let us know if we include the organizations as a supporter.  We will then approach candidates for office and ask them to endorse this platform.
  • Have you or any of your contacts that are eligible to vote in the District sign on to our petition at http://tinyurl.com/l3jnunl and pass it around! Post it to your LinkedIn, FB, Twitter or email your local/school listserv today!
  • Let us know if you have direct connections with any of the candidates or their staff!
  • Volunteer your time over the next month on any number of community organizing or advocacy activities we are planning to carry out this campaign.

Join the DC Alliance for Restorative Practices

We are an open coalition of individuals and organizations, including community-based organizations, service providers, police, judges, teachers, principals, and youth-serving agencies, who are working to integrate restorative practices in the District.

We have monthly meetings, project-based working groups and are growing into our vision and activism here in DC! Everyone is invited to join.

How to keep informed of news, upcoming events and projects: