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The use of restorative justice ideas and practices in school continues to grow. Applications can cover a range from responding to physical and emotional harm to discussion of children’s literature, writes Nancy Riestenberg, a Prevention Specialist with the Minnesota Department of Children, Families & Learning. With all of this in mind, she highlights four school districts in Minnesota that are demonstration sites for the use of restorative measures as an alternative to suspension and expulsion. Riestenberg looks at how the districts have adapted restorative processes such as sentencing circles and victim-offender dialogue to address a number of kinds of harm that may occur in school settings.


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