5 options to make Teen Court more restorative.

Typically when I blog about teen court (links to past posts), I am providing examples about how it is not really Restorative Justice.  I have learned and recognize there are many different models and versions of Teen Court.  I do appreciate the youth development and alternative approach that teen courts can provide.  I am going to…

Living the Restorative Justice Peacemaking Circle Assumptions, one conversation at a time.

There are 7 core assumptions that Restorative Justice Peacemaking Circles utilize.  Link Here The True Self in Everyone Is Good, Wise, and Powerful The World is profoundly Interconnected All Human Beings have a Deep Desire to be in a Good Relationship All Humans Have Gifts & Everyone Is Needed for What They Bring Everything We…

Promote self-control, use “me” statements in Circle process.

Like most people, I don’t like to be interrupted or have my thoughts completed incorrectly.  Well, what, I judged as incorrect.  Any well-versed Circle person knows there is no right or wrong.  At these moments of frustration, I have learned to try to “observe” and consider why it seems “wrong”.   Thank you to those that shared…

Restorative Justice Circles talking or transformation, using key elements for change.

St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program (www.scvrjp.org) has been doing 100’s of Circles a year, since 2006.  In that time we have successfully placed topics in the center of the Circle.  We have consistently used a structure, based on the work of Kay Pranis (more posts referencing Kay).  The key elements of a Restorative Justice…

From “teacher” to “keeper”, for successful restorative justice circles.

There has been an amazing increase in school-based Restorative Justice Circles.  All across the United States, schools, districts, teachers and trainers have emerged.  There is an excellent blog at Edutopia, for schools implementing (by Dr Fania Davis). Years of teaching teachers has provided experiences that if I want to leave skills where I train, I…

Restorative Justice Peacemaking Circle Advanced Training

Please join us in River Falls, Wisconsin in October.  On the 23rd and 24th, an advanced practice, School-Based Restorative Justice Circle Training will be held.  The two-day training will feature discussion, reflections and ideas for developing effective Keeping skills and for using Circles in a range of applications.  The 2nd will feature co-trainer Catherine Cranston,…