Monthly Archives: September 2014

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.