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Schools (including Youth Programs)

Safe schools and youth programs allow youth to feel connected to the adults in these communities.  The Daily Rap and Community Conferencing are evidence-based restorative practices that provide students, teachers, and administrators with effective ways to prevent and respond to school and youth program conflict and violence.  With a focus on communication and accountability, our Restorative Justice practices (Daily Rap and Community Conferencing) help schools and youth programs build a sense of connection. The Community Conferencing Center also offers additional Restorative Practices Professional Development for those interested in learning new ways to build community, address conflict, and strengthen relationships.  Community Conferencing offers the following:


Community Conferencing

This restorative justice process brings together students and their families, staff and administrators in response to a conflict or incident.  Everyone collectively decides how to resolve the matter and prevent it from happening again.

During the Community Conference, everyone discusses:

  1. what happened
  2. how everyone has been affected
  3. how to resolve the matter and prevent it from happening again (written agreement).


  • Alternative to school suspension and arrest
  • Student-student / teacher-student and incidents
  • Fights/Assaults
  • Hate crimes
  • Gossiping/Bullying
  • Vandalism
  • Theft
  • Neighborhood conflicts that spill into the school environment


  • Immediate response to incidents of harm
  • Students are held accountable for their harmful behavior
  • Students and adults collectively decide how to resolve things
  • Reduces suspension and arrests
  • Fewer suspended students roaming the neighborhoods during the day
  • Prevents re-occurrences and entry into criminal justice system
  • Gossiping and bullying get addressed before escalating further
  • Students and families are connected to a support network
  • Relationships among students, families, and school staff improve
  • Everyone has an opportunity to learn and heal from the incident
  • Fosters a culture of open communication and responsibility



Daily Rap for Youth/Students and Adults

Facilitators learn the skills to become non-judgmental, non-directive facilitators of a regular dialogue circle with students.  Students have a chance to talk about the issues/incidents that concern them.   Students learn vital communication and problem-solving skills.  Relationships are strengthened within the classroom. Minor conflicts are prevented from escalating into violence.


  • Dealing with minor conflicts within the classroom
  • Build community and strenghten relationships
  • Enhancing communication skills
  • Build connections in youth programs


  • Better classroom behavior
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Fewer office referrals and suspensions
  • Issues get addressed before escalating into serious incidents
  • Students and teachers resolve issues
  • Students and teachers support each other
  • Teachers gain back valuable teaching time
  • Improved communication and relationships
  • Teachers get to know their students and each other better
  • Students respect for each other and staff increases
  • Students participate in more school activities & events

Daily Rap for teachers and staff:

Regular dialogue circle that provides teachers and school staff a chance to build communication, share strategies, behavioral techniques and to boost morale.


  • Peer support
  • Peer consultation
  • Minor conflicts
  • Discussing policies and procedures
  • During Staff Meetings
  • Professional Development


  • Accountability
  • Building morale
  • Team building



Restorative Practices: Professional Development Workshops for Educators and Youth Programs

If you are new to the world of Restorative Practices and want to learn more, the Community Conferencing Center now offers Professional Development covering everything from
understanding the principles of the application, how use restorative language and facilitate dialogue in a different way. Below are a list of the trainings currently available: 

Restorative Practices Overview (RP)

Learn principles, practices, and research that build a connected and safe school culture.

Affective Communication (AC)

Learn to share observations and feelings in ways that reduce blame and create clear expectations.

Asking Restorative Questions (RQ)

Defuse conflict and foster accountability.  This easy-to-implement tool helps build positive communication and culture.

Restorative Conversations (RC)

A continuation of RQ, this is used to  immediately address incidents and gives everyone a voice and builds problem-solving skills.

Trauma, Learning, and Restorative Practices (TRP)

Trauma affects learning.  Learn ways to understand and effectively address the impact of trauma in the classroom.  

Mindfulness for More Engaged Learning and Living (MEL)

Simple exercises that build emotional wellness and mindful attention.



Contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information about these Professional Development Trainings.

Resources for Practioners

New!  Restorative Practices Resource Blog offers additional research, videos and tools to assist you in your RP implementation.

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