On January 20th, in partnership with the National Education Association (NEA), we co-hosted a webinar on restorative justice in our public schools. Our distinguished line up of speakers discussed several aspects of restorative practices: the need to think about this work systemically; the technical assistance that is available to support schools; the importance of ethnic studies in fostering student engagement and sense of self-worth; and the role of community schools in creating an environment for these practices to become part of a school’s fabric.
Here are some resources that are available to help school board members and school administrators think through restorative practice implementation, and the webinar recording is also available below. We hope you’ll reach out to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need further assistance.
Harry Lawson, Associate Director, Human and Civil Rights, NEA
Maria Fernandez, Deputy Director, Journey for Justice Alliance
Mark Gaither, Principal, Wolfe Street Academy, Baltimore
Jose Lara, Vice President, El Rancho Unified School District
Bill Henry, Councilmember, Baltimore City Council
*Thanks to the Urban Youth Collaborative for their recommendations in our resource section.