Restorative Circles: A Student Perspective
This video from San Francisco Unified School District and features students of all ages reflecting on their experience being part of Restorative Circles in the classroom. I love hearing their thoughts! Keen to give restorative circles a try? Start with a relationship building circle! You can find instructions for facilitation a Connection Circle here.
Q&A Facilitating Circles Online
Question: I want to continue to hold circles with my students/staff during this time of social distancing. I feel we need the connection now more than ever! How can I facilitate a circle through video chat without the ability to actually sit in a circle together or pass a talking piece? Answer: I agree! Cultivating…
Article on Sustained Restorative Dialogue Published in Contemporary Justice Review
I am very excited to have an article Amy Giles-Mitson and I wrote on the Sustained Restorative Dialogue process published in the Contemporary Justice Review. The Sustained Restorative Dialogue was an effort to apply restorative processes to addressing the broader culture that gives rise to sexual harm. Organizing and facilitating the dialogue was one of…
How Can Circles Benefit Spiritual Communities?
About a month ago, a local church approached our team about how they could implement restorative practices in their community. They are a very diverse church with many English language learners who have recently moved to New Zealand from other countries. Especially because of these language and cultural barriers, it can be difficult for all…
How can the circle manage power differences between participants?
Type of process: Circle Conference Participants: 2 Students – Shane and Brian Student Advocate – Elizabeth Professor – Paul 2 Facilitators Referring agent: Student Advocate Factual Synopsis: A dispute over the grading of an assignment between a professor and two students expanded into an interpersonal conflict and rumors that damaged the students’ reputations within the department with other…
Peace in the Soil
I recently heard Siddhartha Mukherjee speak on an episode of Ted Radio Hour titled Rethinking Medicine. In his talk, Mukherjee notes that the prevailing medical approach (in the western medicine tradition) to this point has been to “have disease, take pill, kill something.” Mukherjee traces the prevalence of this approach to the antibiotic revolution, which…