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Restorative Practices in Action: A Conference for School and Justice Practitioners

PRESENTATIONS & ADDITIONAL RESOURCES BY AGENDA


AGENDA

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Registration/Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15 a.m.

WELCOMING REMARKS

Welcome
JEREMY TRAVIS, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York
HON. JUDITH S. KAYE, Former Chief Judge of the State of New York and Chair of the New York State Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children

9:15-10:15 a.m.

PLENARY 1—Guiding Principles and Efficacy of restorative Practices

Judge Becroft will discuss the historic juvenile justice reform in New Zealand, the reasoning for using the Family Group Conference and how the reform has become restorative. Anne Gregory will discuss the School-Justice connection and the racial disparities evident in the use of exclusionary discipline, and focus on the use and evidence of promising restorative practices in schools and the need for fidelity in its implementation.

Keynote Speakers
HIS HONOUR JUDGE ANDREW BECROFT, Principal Youth Court Judge for New Zealand
(Te Kaiwhakawā Matua o te Kōti Taiohi)
ANNE GREGORY, PH.D., Associate Professor, Rutgers University

Presentations
P1-Becroft
P1-Gregory

Resources
P1-Becroft_10_FGC_myths
P1-Becroft-infographics

10:15-11:00 a.m.

PLENARY 2—Restorative Circle Video

This plenary will screen a 14-minute video of a restorative circle featuring a student returning to school from juvenile detention, together with his parents, teachers and peers. A moderated conversation will follow with Eric Butler, facilitator of the circle, and Amari Henry, a high school student with experience in restorative practices.

Video Producer
Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth

Moderator
DWANNA NICOLE, Senior Policy Advocate, Ending The Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track,
Advancement Project

Responders
ERIC BUTLER, School Coordinator at Ralph Bunche Continuation High School, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
AMARI HENRY, Student, Ralph Bunche Continuation High School, Oakland Unified School District, CA

Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiLtFVHR8Q0

11:00-11:15 a.m.

BREAK

11:15-11:45 a.m.

PLENARY 3—YOUTH PERFORMANCE

Earlier this year, high school students from Boys Town Passages Academy in Brooklyn engaged in a Lincoln Center Education (LCE) poetry residency with LCE’s Poet-Linc Manager José Olivarez. Using poems by Sherman Alexie, Michael Cirelli, Lucille Clifton and others as models, students were asked to write poems in their own voices. The prompts encouraged students to control their own narratives and refute the narratives that are imposed on them. Their poems were recorded and featured at the Poet-Linc Final Showcase on April 9, 2015, at the David Rubenstein Atrium as part of a larger showcase of poetry by young people in New York City. Five students from Passages will present their poems and participate in a Q&A about their creative process and personal journeys through the program.

Performers
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, Boys Town Passages Academy in Brooklyn

Moderator
JULIANNE ALBERTY, Community and Family Programs Department, Lincoln Center Education

11:45-12:45 p.m.        

PLENARY 4—Race and Cultural Competence in Restorative Practices

Restorative practices originated in native cultures. How can they be employed in a culturally competent manner in schools and justice systems where youth of color are overrepresented? Dr. Fania Davis, founder of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, will give a keynote address. Respondents will discuss how restorative processes can be used to address racial, religious and other tensions, and how to incorporate young people’s own culture as a source of healing and empowerment.

Keynote Speaker
FANIA DAVIS, J.D., PH.D., Executive Director, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth

Moderator
JILL BLOOMBERG, Principal, Park Slope Collegiate

Respondents
ROBERT SPICER, Culture and Climate Specialist, Restorative Strategies
JUAN GOMEZ, Senior Policy and Strategy Advisor, National Compadres Network

Resources
P4-Davis-RJ_OUSD_Implementation
P4-Davis-RJ_OUSD_Outcomes
P4-Davis-2_Cities

12:45-1:30 p.m.

Lunch

1:30-1:45 p.m.

Travel to workshop session I

1:45-2:45 p.m.

Workshops I—school and justice tracks (see descriptions below)

2:45-3:00 p.m.

TRAVEL TO NEXT WORKSHOP SESSION II

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Workshops II—school and justice tracks

4:00-5:00 p.m.

CLOSING REMARKS AND RECEPTION

CASSIE SCHWERNER, PH.D., Senior Vice President of Programs, The Schott Foundation for Public Education

SCHOOL TRACK WORKSHOPS

School Track 1. Restorative Practices for Whole School Climate Change
This workshop will discuss how school leaders and staff can employ restorative practices proactively to build positive school culture, prevent disruptive behavior, and set the stage for resolving conflicts when they occur. Fundamental techniques will be covered.

Moderator
PRISCILLA CHAN, Principal, Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies, New York City

Speakers
NANCY RIESTENBERG, Restorative Practices Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education
ROBERT SPICER, Culture and Climate Specialist, Restorative Strategies

Resources
S1-Spicer-Trauma_In_JJ

School Track 2. Using Restorative Practices to Resolve Conflicts
This workshop will review the use of in-class techniques, restorative circles, agreements and fairness committees to repair harm and hold students accountable when disruption, disrespect and violent altercations occur.

Moderator
BRADY SMITH, Principal Co-Director, The James Baldwin School, New York City

Speakers
SARAH CAMISCOLI, Educator/Organizing Council Member/Director, Teachers Unite
TANIA ROMERO, School Social Worker/Youth Organizer, Flushing International High School, NYC

Presentations
S2-Camiscoli-Smith-Romero

Resources
S2-Romero-FIHS_RA
S2-Romero-FIHS_Mediation
S2-Romero-FIHS_Comunity_Practices
S2-Romero-FIHS_Circle_Processes
S2-Romero-FIHS_Fairness_Committee

School Track 3. Using Restorative Practices to Reintegrate Students from
Suspension or Detention

This workshop will explore a key element of the restorative process—reintegrating the offending party back into the classroom or school from a removal, whether from the dean’s office, suspension or the criminal justice system.

Moderator
TIMOTHY LISANTE, PH.D., Superintendent, District 79, New York City Department of Education

Speakers
ERIC BUTLER, School Coordinator, Bunche High School, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
BONNIE MASSEY, Social Worker, Crotona International High School, New York City

Presentations
S3-Lisante
S3-Massey

School Track 4. Implementation and Scale Up: Achieving Buy-in and Fidelity
within and across Schools

This workshop will feature experts from Denver, Colorado and New York in a discussion of best practices in implementing restorative practices across an entire school or district. Speakers will address core challenges: getting buy-in from staff and parents, cost-effective models of training and coaching, and how to sustain restorative practices when staff or funding disappear. Maintaining and evaluating fidelity in restorative practices will also be discussed.

Moderator
TALA J. MANASSAH, Deputy Executive Director, Morningside Center for Teaching
Social Responsibility

Speakers
ANNE GREGORY, PH.D., Associate Professor, Rutgers University
DANIEL KIM, PH.D., Director of Youth Organizing, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos
JANELLE STANLEY, Alternatives to Suspension Coordinator, Harlem Renaissance High School, NYC

Presentations
S4-Gregory
S4-Kim
S4-Stanley

School Track 5. Participatory Restorative Circle: Talking Race and Difference
This workshop will provide an opportunity to participate in a circle as an expert facilitator guides a group of conference attendees in a circle exploring race, identity and difference.

Circle Leader
JOSÉ ALFARO, LCSW, Circle Facilitator, Teachers Unite

Resources
S5-Alfaro-Speak_Race_Racism

JUSTICE TRACK WORKSHOPS

Justice Track 1. Healing, Culture and Trauma-informed Practice in Court Settings
This workshop will discuss the pressing need for the courts and justice system to take into account race, culture and exposure to trauma; a program that uses a restorative model to address healing, race and culture in an adolescent developmentally appropriate structure; trauma informed courts; and implicit bias in court settings.

Moderator
HON. GAYLE ROBERTS, Judge, Bronx County Family Court

Speakers
ALICIA SUMMERS, Ph.D., Program Director of Research and Evaluation, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
JUAN GOMEZ, Senior Policy and Strategy Advisor, National Compadres Network

Resources
J1-Summers-Trauma-informed_Courts
J1-Summers-Trauma_Audit

Justice Track 2. Partnering with Community to Develop Court Diversion Programs
This workshop will feature a facilitated discussion on the use of restorative practices as a community response to offending, including adolescent diversion programs and using restorative conferences to address all levels of offending.

Moderator
ERICA SASSON, Director of Restorative Practices, Center for Court Innovation

Speakers
REV. RUBÉN AUSTRIA, Executive Director, Community Connections for Youth
LAUREN ABRAMSON, PH.D., Founding Director, Community Conferencing Center

Presentation
J2-Austria

Resource
J2-Austria-CCFY-SBCC_Companion_Guide

Justice Track 3. Beyond the Misdemeanor: Structuring and Monitoring Accountability
in Serious Cases

This workshop will explore the efficacy and structure of a restorative approach to serious and violent offending that offers an alternative to prosecution and actually addresses harm and restores communities. 

Moderator
HON. LAURENCE BUSCHING, Judge, New York City Criminal Court

Speakers
SUJATHA BALIGA, Director, Restorative Justice Project, Impact Justice
DANIELLE SERED, Director, Common Justice

Resources
J3-Sered-Other_Side_of_Harm
J3-Sered-New_Solutions_Violent_Crime

Justice Track 4. Implementing Restorative Practices System-wide: The New Zealand
Family Group Conference Model

This workshop will take an in-depth look at the historic juvenile justice system reform in New Zealand—including the actual processing of a case and the role of the Court. This workshop also features an expert facilitator who will discuss the four types of family group conferences within the New Zealand system.

Moderator
ANA BERMÚDEZ, Commissioner, New York City Department of Probation

Speakers
HIS HONOUR JUDGE ANDREW BECROFT, Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand
CHRISTINE RURAWHE-GUSH, DIP. S.W., REG S.W., Kaiwhakatara—Family Group Conference Senior Advisor, Child, Youth and Family, Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand

Presentation
J4-Rurawhe-Gush

Resource
J4-Rurawhe-Gush-FGC

Justice Track 5. Participative Restorative Circle: Talking Race and Difference
This workshop will provide an opportunity to participate in a circle as an expert facilitator guides a group of conference attendees in a circle exploring race, identity and difference.

Circle Leaders
FANIA DAVIS, J.D., PH.D., Executive Director, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
AMARI HENRY, Student, Ralph Bunche Continuation High School, Oakland Unified School District, CA