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Restorative Practices and the Transformation at West Philadelphia High School
West Philadelphia High School has undergone a transformation. It has been on Pennsylvania’s “Persistently Dangerous Schools” list for six years, but the implementation of restorative practices and strong leadership, headed by principal Saliyah Cruz, have made a huge difference. The culture and climate of the school have improved significantly, violent and serious incidents have plummeted, and rates of discipline procedures such as suspensions and expulsions have decreased dramatically.
We learn procedures. They work well. Now, let’s abandon them and learn all over again. The meta-procedure is inquiry; from it all other procedures arise.
Pocket money justice works
Youth Restorative Justice, aimed at those between 10 and 17, has been piloted in eight trial areas and proved so successful it is now set to be rolled out nationwide. It reduces the burden on the police and frees up court time.
Alameda County pioneers restorative justice for youth
"As far as the circle goes, I'd love to do it forever," Green said, "but I know people have lives." There is general agreement that Green has turned his life around and learned to make better choices. "We don't have as many issues, and Dante has been getting better and better at processing issues," Scott said. "The key is, you give a person a fish and they eat for a day. Dante has learned to fish for himself."
Jun 17, 2009 Practice
Lynette Parker: Restorative Justice…Not Counselling
A few months ago, I assisted with a training event for restorative conferencing facilitators. When asking questions, some of the participants would say, “so when people get this counselling…” and were surprised when I adamantly stated that conferencing is not counselling. Several laughed and joked about it the rest of the day, but the confusion between the two has stayed with me.
Staying the course to continue providing restorative justice
From Lorenn Walker's blog: Restorative Justice for Healing: “We simply have got to stay and keep helping the people touched by these programs,” says Barbara Tudor with passion and zeal. When she says she is “staying” you know she means it. She is a sturdy sixty-ish woman with curly blond short hair and clear blue eyes. Most striking is her abundant energy, which could vie with the most active teenager.