What will it take to transform the global education system?
What essential attributes would you insist on?
The global movement of Restorative Justice Practices is transforming the education system! Has your school been transformed?
"I was the mean girl that other kids are afraid of, but when the principal gave me a chance to do restorative justice, I figured why not. It opened my eyes as to how my actions were causing a lot of really deep pain in the people I was making fun of. I'm so thankful that they gave me that chance."
~ High School Student
"I was skeptical at first when my son said the school was going to have him meet face to face with another boy who was bullying my son and other students, but I was amazed to see the kid own up to his behaviors and want to stop. It turned out that his dad had just been killed in Iraq and he was struggling with all his angry emotions. I was proud of my son when he offered to be friends with the boy."
~ A Parent
L to R: Jeannie Orozco (HSD2 School Board Member), Colorado Senator Pete Lee, Christie Donner (CCJRC); Jeannette Holtham (President, Youth Transformation Center); Angelina Duran (Principal Giberson Elementary School)
Respectful communication among staff and students!
Nine elementary schools in Harrison School District Two are receiving training and mentoring services in how to use Restorative Justice Practices effectively in classrooms to reduce discipline problems before they start.
The overarching goal of the grant is to early identify youth who may be targeted for suspension or expulsion in higher grades and provide them with the resources they need to succeed.
This generous grant was made possible through the Justice Reinvestment Crime Prevention Initiative (Colorado House Bill HB17-1326) and the unrelenting efforts of Christie Donner (center) and Colorado State Senator Pete Lee (2nd from left). Funding came through the Department of Local Affairs by way of fiscal agent The Denver Foundation, supported by Pikes Peak Community Foundation. To learn more go to: www.TransformingSafety.org.
Photo credits: Stinton Studios; Randy Rocha (HSD2); Andre Zarb-cousin
Staff and students dually empowered to create a powerful, harmonious, inspiring learning environment and school culture together!
Students taking responsibility for their actions and behaviors and taking an active role in repairing any harm!