Learning to have better conversations with the help of restorative justice
“South Bend Community Talks Restorative Justice, Trust at First Healing Circle”
If you want to understand a social issue, you have to get close to it. The Eric Logan shooting was devastating for a lot of our South Bend neighbors. This article recounts a “healing circle” that we held afterward to help bring the community back together.
“Restorative Circles: Creating a Safe Environment for Students to Reflect”
What if instead of sending students to the principal’s office, we gave them a space to reflect on their behavior and find positive ways to resolve conflicts? That’s exactly what they did at this high school in Nashville. I loved seeing the results in this video from Edutopia, a site that spotlights what’s working in education.
The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education
Slowly but surely, restorative justice is being taught in schools. This how-to guide is written by two education scholars, Katherine Evans and Dorothy Vaandering. Evans teaches at Eastern Mennonite University, one of the few insitutitions with a graduate program in restorative justice.