WEBINAR - Stemming the School-to-Prison Pipeline:-
Applying Restorative Justice Principles to School Discipline Practices
DATE: March 20, 2013
TIME: 4–5:30 p.m. EST.
- Dr. Mara Schiff, Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University,
- Ms. Rita Alfred, Co-founder of the Restorative Justice Training Institute, and
- Ms. Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, Restorative Justice Coordinator for the Mennonite Central Committee U.S
SPONSORED BY: the US Departments of Justice, Education and Health and Human Services
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: As a result of participating in this session, participants will be able to:
- Understand the key principles of restorative justice
- Examine how, through policy and practice changes, schools can use restorative justice principles to develop a supportive discipline system
- Identify the potential positive impacts of restorative practices on school and community safety, student engagement and achievement, and overall student and staff well-being
- Plan how to prepare staff to apply restorative justice principles to school discipline practices using examples from some jurisdictions
AUDIENCE: This Webinar is appropriate for school district superintendents and allied staff, community- and residential facility-based school administrators, teachers, and support staff, school climate teams, student support personnel, school resource and security officers, probation/parole officers, law enforcement, judges and court administrators, legal personnel, and youth, family members, and other community stakeholders.
DESCRIPTION: The webinar will provide the knowledge participants need to better understand how restorative justice principles, when applied to school discipline practices, can stem the school-to-prison pipeline. With the potential of teaching conflict resolution skills, fostering understanding and empathy, and building stronger relationships in schools and communities, restorative justice has proven to be an effective alternative to punitive and exclusionary responses to problem student behavior.
OF NOTE: this webinar is part of the Supportive School Discipline (SSD) Webinar Series, which is designed to increase awareness and understanding of school disciplinary practices that push youth out of school and many times into the justice system, and provide practical examples of alternative approaches that maintain school safety while ensuring academic engagement and success for all students.
4 PM - 5:30 PM