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


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)

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.


ESED Blog on “Solutions not Suspensions in DC” by Stacey Eunnae from the Every Student Every Day Coalition

YES Magazine article on restorative justice and violence against African Americans

NPR Story on Restorative Justice at an Oakland Middle School


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


Thanks to Brandon Wallace for these!

White Privilege Checklist:

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

Cultural Competence Checklist:


from the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association 

Social Class Privilege Checklist:


from MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning

Class Privilege:


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.)


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