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