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Restorative justice is about the capacity of ordinary people to identify and solve their own problems. The concentration of power and influence in the hands of professionals has not served communities, particularly communities of color. 

Restorative Justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by crime and conflict. It places decisions in the hands of those who have been most affected by a wrongdoing, and gives equal concern to the victim, the offender, and the surrounding community.  read more

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The Community Justice for Youth Institute is working with several community and faith-based organizations to promote the healthy development of youth on probation and safe re-entry of youth diverted from the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC).  Working in collaboration with Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, the Southwest Youth Collaboration and FLY (Fearless Leading by the Youth), our goal is to support the development of RJ Hubs throughout Chicago. 

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Restorative justice is about the capacity of ordinary people to identify and solve their own problems. The concentration of power and influence in the hands of professionals has not served communities, particularly communities of color. 

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Youth & Police Healing Circles: Illuminating the Power of Restorative Justice from Community Justice for Youth on Vimeo.

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Rethinking Discipline: Strategies at Work in Schools Today

This event takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 2 to 3 p.m. ET (1 to 2 p.m. CT).

Zero-tolerance policies, which require out-of-school suspension or expulsion for certain inappropriate behaviors, have become the go-to disciplinary approach in many schools, though research suggests they have some downsides. Two alternate approaches that are more focused on changing behavior are restorative practices and PBIS—Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.

At Haut Gap Middle and other Charleston, S.C., schools, educators say PBIS has transformed student behavior and increased academic performance. At Christian Fenger Academy High in Chicago, the new restorative approach to student behavior teaches discipline through discussion, support, and “peace circles.” Learn how each of these approaches work from the educators who’ve been using them.

Presenters: Bob Stevens, school district PBIS coordinator, Charleston County, S.C. and Robert Spicer, dean, Christian Fenger Academy High School, Chicago

Moderator: Nirvi Shah, staff writer, Education Week

Registration is required to attend this event. Please register now.

Webinar Date: Tuesday February 5, 1 – 2 p.m. CT

Can't attend? All Education Week webinars are archived and accessible "on demand" for up to six months after the original live-streaming date.


Listen to a podcast created by David Rao in Fall 2012 examining the Peace Circle movement in Chicago. It includes interviews with Syda Taylor, Program Director for Elev8 Chicago, Alex Del Toro, a program coordinator for the Chicago YMCA's Street Intervention Program (SIP), and our own Ora Schub.

Listen here.