November Restorative Practice Updates
Each month, we are going to be sending out an email to leaders highlighting some of the restorative practice work happening in our school district. Below you will find snippets of amazing, relational work happening across the district. Please forward this email on to members in your building.
If you have something you would like us to feature in this email or if you simply have questions about restorative practices, contact Becky McCammon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Apply to be a Restorative Practice Pilot Site
The application for schools who are interested in being restorative practice pilot sites during the 2018-19 is open now! Three schools will be awarded grants to implement restorative practices school-wide.
We have established a Schoology course which lists the relevant application dates and provides a lot more information about the application process. The course access code is DXRCC-DWSBB.
Before your school applies, a team from your building must visit a current restorative practice pilot sites by December 8th. You can find the form to report your visits here.
If you have any questions at all, please reach out to me – Becky McCammon – at email@example.com.
Kay Pranis Restorative Practices Award
The Board of Directors of the Dispute Resolutions Center has chosen Saint Paul Public Schools and the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers as the recipients of the 2017 Kay Pranis Restorative Practices Award! The award will be presented at the Dispute Resolution Center’s Volunteer Recognition Celebration on December 13th at the Mitchell-Hamline School of Law.
This award recognizes you: the amazing educators that “build and rebuild human lives and communities” every day. Thank you all for your heart and enthusiasm!
Restorative Practices in the News
St. Paul Schools See Hope in Restorative Discipline (MPR): “The traditional (discipline method) is that they’re just sent home … So they’re out for three days, five days, whatever, and then they come back … without discussing it really with any of the people that were hurt by their actions,” Murray Middle School restorative practices coordinator Erin Dooley said.
St. Paul Teachers Trying New Discipline Approach (KFGO Fargo-Moorhead): In this podcast, Ashley Jagunich, a Restorative Practices Lead at Riverview West Side School of Excellence, talks about SPPS’ new approach to discipline.
Upcoming Restorative Professional Development
December 12, 13, OR 14: This one day course will provide an interactive introduction to restorative practices. Together we will delve into the grounding principles of a restorative approach and the values the practice is rooted in, learn about the core components, and engage in an experiential introduction to the circle process. It will be a day for learning and being in community with other educators as we explore what restorative practices can look like in your classrooms, within your school community, and in your own life. Led by Sol Kelley-Jones.
Additionally, January 9 – 11, we will be offering Deepening Our Practice and An Introduction to Restorative Practice and Circle Process on January 17.
You can register for all classes on PD Express.