Restorative Justice in Schools
Restorative Justice allows people affected by crime to communicate with the person responsible, often with the aim of a face-to-face meeting. This gives them the chance to talk about the incident. They can explain how it has impacted them, seek assurances that it won’t happen again, and agree on how to put things right.
This is what many people affected by crime want, which is why 85% of victims who go through Restorative Justice are satisfied with the experience. Restorative Justice also leads to a significant drop in re-offending, as it helps people who have committed crimes to recognize the harm they have caused. Restorative practice can also be used to address non-criminal harm.
In this Zoom meeting, we discussed Restorative Justice in schools, focusing on a healing approach to student behavior versus a penal approach. Our panelists discussed what brought them to the work, what their programs do, their philosophy, and where they can be found. They also discussed ways to expand these programs throughout Washington state.
Featured Participants (from top left): Toyia Taylor (Executive Director and Founder – WeAPP), Sean Goode (Executive Director – Choose 180), Saroeum Phoung (Executive Director – Peacemaking Academy), Dion Schell (Director of Education – Community Passageways).
Moderated by League of Education Voters Director of Field and Community Engagement Eric Holzapfel.
Watch Now (Closed captioning is available in English and Spanish)
2020 Virtual Event
It’s the issue of our time – Building Equity in Our Education System.
COVID-19 has illuminated many areas of inequity in our educational system. Not every student has the same access online. Not every family has the support needed to tutor. We all have seen that in the last several months. But leaders in conversations around educational equity have long known that our schools are not equitable, especially when it comes to race. COVID-19 has given us an opportunity to have critical conversations and develop solutions together.
In case you missed it, watch our October 8, 2020 statewide virtual FREE convening around Racial Equity and Education. Dr. Benjamin Danielson, Director of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in Seattle, explores the role of racial equity, diversity, access, and inclusion in our public education system. We also hear from 2021 Washington state Teacher of the Year Brooke Brown.
“He’s one of my favorite people in the whole world — a gentle, quiet soul who speaks so from the heart, and has the ability to move people to address issues of equity and social justice”
— Patty Hayes, director of Public Health, Seattle & King County
Watch the event video made by our partner, Youth in Focus:
Special thanks to our sponsors!
LEV’s Seattle Luncheon 2019
Thank you to everyone who came to our luncheon! We learned about the power of high-quality early childhood education, featuring Marquita Davis, Deputy Director of Early Learning at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as our keynote speaker. Governor Jay Inslee and 2020 Washington state Teacher of the Year Amy Campbell joined us as guest speakers! League of Education Voters believes that every student deserves to receive a great education and the support necessary for individual success. With your help, we can make this vision a reality.
Thank You To Our 2019 Event Sponsors
David and Cathy Habib Foundation
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