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

Posted on Jul 25 2011 under Previous Programs, Restorative Justice

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.


Join my guest Host Zena Zumeta as she speaks with Bill Sower and Susan ButterwickBill Sower is a retired Michigan teacher and principal. Working with the International Institute for Restorative Practices, he has trained thousands of educators in restorative conferences and circles. He now directs the Christopher and Virginia Sower Center for Successful Schools. Susan Butterwick is an attorney and mediator in Michigan.  She teaches mediation at Wayne State University and is the consulting Director of Family Programs for the Wayne Mediation Center, where she directs a child protection mediation program, restorative justice programs for juveniles, and programs in approximately 20 schools throughout Wayne County (Detroit area), Michigan. The school programs include a truancy prevention mediation program, restorative conferencing programs, and community building and mentorship circles.

Watch this Video: The Transformation of West Philadelphia High School: A Story of Hope

For more information visit: IIRP and The Sower Center

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