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Excellence in Education Award given for restorative practices

Sep 18, 2009

from the Milwaukee Public Schools Board Minutes:

Each month, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors recognizes an outstanding school, student, staff member, or parent or community member for a display of excellence, achievement, and innovation that may serve as an example to our school district and the entire Milwaukee community. This month, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors is pleased to present the “Excellence in Education Award” to John Chisholm, Paul Dedinsky, Lovell Johnson, David Lerman and Gary Mahkorn of the Restorative Pracices Program and Milwaukee District Attorney's Office (Safe School/Healthy Students Partner).

....The Restorative Practices Program features conflict-resolution circles as well as student counseling, mentoring, and staff support. Conflict-resolution circles, also known as Justice Circles, are formed among groups of students with a staff member and community leader present. Together, students work through their problems and offer support to one another. Restorative Practices in schools actively involve the offender while encouraging students to solve conflicts in a peaceful, non-violent manner. Students are equipped with self-motivation, self-discipline, and empathy. In the long term,Restorative Practices teaches students to exhibit self-control and to take responsibility for their actions.

During the 2008-2009 school year, the partnership among the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, MPS, and the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative was strengthened. The assistant district attorneys implementing the program made 409 visits to 19 schools under the Initiative. Overall, there were 1,031 students who received guidance on using Restorative Practices to solve personal conflicts. There were 932 staff members and 35 parents from the community trained on how to implement RestorativePractices in their classrooms and homes.

Tip of the hat to Gretchen Schuldt writing in Blogging MPS. Visit that blog to see the whole article.

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