The NC4RJ YouTube channel features videos that aim to enhance and aid your understanding of restorative practices and the many faces of this powerful movement. Right now you can watch school leaders discuss their challenges and successes of putting RJ to work in their own communities and schools!Read More
I think about what would have happened back in Florida. Probably some of the more disrespectful students would have been singled out for detention. They would have sat in silence after school for the same amount of time that we sat as a classroom circle with Gabriella. But the whole group would have missed out on this valuable experience and a rare chance to develop empathy…Read More
What do you do when someone is obdurate and has no interest in taking responsibility or admitting any guilt at all?
This is a fairly common question and one that is quite broad. This concern highlights the frustration people can often experience when trying to impose a restorative justice system onto a school or institution instantaneously, without doing the necessary foundational legwork that supports the space and language of accountability.
Expecting a person to take accountability in a restorative conference after a harm has been committed, without an ecosystem of restorative practices already in place, will often fail to produce the desired success such as authentic understanding, remorse, accountability, agency and repair.
We also operate with a “rush rush, rush” lifestyle and work environment. Slow down, ask more questions prior to having hard conversations.