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High School Students Come Together and Heal After a Racial Conflict

  – Written by IIRP staff After racial tensions erupted during a high school football game, the conflict hardened and spread throughout the two competing schools. Both communities feared that the situation would escalate and grow violent. But the two groups participated together in…

How Four Mornings of Dialogue Transformed Two Months of Misery

It was Monday morning and Mr. Keaton was not looking forward to his 6th grade first period. Johnny and Ricky had been at it for two months, with no sign of letting up. Last Friday had been typical. In the first 10 minutes of class,…

“You’re All Racist!” A Restorative Circle About a Sign

[Inspired by a real circle story as told to me by the circle keeper; identifying information and details changed.] ​ Taisha was a young lady with passion. On their good days, the staff and teachers at Taisha’s school reminded themselves that this was a…

Three Strategies That Transform Classroom Dynamics and Student Lives

In my last post – What Do Students Really Need – I shared the surprising brain science behind human connection. For instance, we now know that students who feel that they belong in their school, are included by their peers, and have connection with even one caring adult, are more…

Talking to Kids About Shootings

  In February, many of us were grieving the tragic loss of life in Florida. I hope it will still support some of you. 1. Limit exposure to footage We want to watch and read about tragic events because we think more information will…

How to Feel More Love for Our Kids (and others)

Life as a teacher or parent can be hard, and we need all the help we can get being more loving, patient, and compassionate. In the first issue in our Love series, I explored how experiencing our negative feelings can create more love and wellbeing…

Three Ways to Experience More Love

This month I’ve been exploring the concept of love and wondering about how to have a more open heart. This three part series shares three ways I have re-remembered (with the help of others) how to bring more love into my life. Part 1:…

Best Week Ever: True Teacher Story

“So – I can’t believe it – but my class had a successful conversation about cell phone use last week!” Ms. Tryit, a 7th grade teacher at one of the Conflict 180 schools, was beaming as she told me her story. “So we had…

Six Reasons to Involve Kids in Their Own Consequences

     

A Gratitude Practice Kids Will Treasure

It’s helpful to remember that gratitude practices increase motivation, improve mood, and shift dynamics between people. As one teacher told me this week “After I did this gratitude practice in my class, it changed the whole day. It was one of the better days…

Which Valentine’s Day Gifts Increase Happiness?

     

What Does It Mean to Have the Right Supports?

In the last post, I talked bout what it means to be a Restorative Leader – to combine High Expectations with High Supports for yourself – and those you lead. Sometimes, however, it is not about trying to match our high expectations with MORE…