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Restorative Practices: Can ancient traditions of accountability and peacemaking create safer schools today

Bill SowerSusan Butterwick  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many schools need more practical and effective measures for ending violence and disruption and for promoting more cooperative behavior. Restorative Practices derive from indigenous cultures and are based on time-honored principles of respect, resolution and community. In schools, they promote problem solving, conflict resolution, personal accountability, and productive climates for learning. They can dramatically reduce reliance on suspensions. Our guests will discuss the recent, worldwide emergence of the ancient “Restorative Practices” and describe how they are improving schools in Michigan.

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