Monthly Archives: January 2016

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.


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.


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.


February 29:00-10:30am

SchoolTalk Office

1875 Connecticut Ave, NW #660

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

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.


April 19, 6:30-8:00pm

July 19,  9:00-10:30am

October 18, 6:30-8:00pm

– 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


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


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.


“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


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.”

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.