10 06, 2016

Circle Keepers at Ralph Waldo Emerson #58

2021-05-20T17:41:57-04:00June 10th, 2016|Tags: , |

As we began to implement restorative practices into our One Indy schools in early January 2016 we found a high demand for more people to be available to lead both proactive and restorative circles in classrooms across our schools. This led to our first ever Circle Keeper training for volunteers. Many of our volunteers were from a program we called Peace Church Ambassadors and they helped almost exclusively with implementing restorative practices at Ralph Waldo Emerson #58 while our Youth Development Facilitator, Mame Keita, was out on maternity leave. Near the end of the school year, one of these volunteers, Linda,  was unable to finish out the academic year with the classrooms she had been serving for nearly 6 months. The letters below were given to Linda from students in each of these classrooms and are a true testament to not only the effectiveness of restorative practices but the hard work and dedication our volunteers provide! "I am glad your have came to are school. You have made all of us a better person even me...I hope you get better soon we will miss you." "Ms. Linda please get better. I already miss you please come back when you feel better and when you were here we all got to express our feelings and..." "...we all want you to come back. We want you here so we can express are feeling without anybody judging us and

15 12, 2014

Peers Making Peace

2021-05-20T17:42:31-04:00December 15th, 2014|Tags: , , , , , |

Peers Making Peace Peer Mediation Training Program Peers Making Peace is the ONLY conflict resolution program in the nation to be recognized as an evidence-based program by the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the Office for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. And, Peace Learning Center is the ONLY organization certified to provide this training in Indiana! This training was made possible through grants from the Community Crime Prevention Program at the Central Indiana Community Foundation and the AT&T Foundation. What is the Peers Making Peace peer mediation program? Students along with a staff coordinator receive complete training in mediation skills and program implementation that truly changes the atmosphere of the school campus. The school mediation program provides students and staff a means of nonviolent resolution for disputes that arise in the school setting. Students learn how to turn conflict into win/win situations, not through compromise, but through listening to each other and designing solutions which meet both people’s needs.  Results indicated that 97.7% mediations resulted in an agreement.  Discipline referrals decreased by 57.7% in Peers Making Peace schools, but increased by 8.4% in control schools.  Assaults decreased by 90.2% in Peers Making Peace schools, but increased by 33% incontrol schools.  Expulsions decreased by 73% in Peers Making Peace schools, but increased by 6.2% incontrol schools.  Peers Making Peace is the only conflict resolution program in the nation to be recognized by the U.S. Department of

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