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In this article Lorenn Walker looks at the use of conferencing to deal with student misbehavior. Conferencing is a process for conflict resolution. It focuses on repairing relationships when offenders admit wrongdoing. The process brings together the parties who have a stake in the conflict and its potential resolution: victims; offenders; families and friends; and communities. While it is often used in criminal justice settings, many are employing it in school settings as well. Walker recounts the story of using a conference to deal with her own son’s victimization by another student in school. She describes the conference process, the Real Justice model of conferencing, and benefits of conferencing in terms of addressing the infraction and in decreasing repeat offenses.

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