Restoring Community

In this video Chip Coker, director of the Center for Dialogue and Resolution in Eugene, Oregon, discusses using restorative conferences in schools instead of either punitive discipline procedures or what is called a "teen court" structure.

The conference structure Coker describes sounds very much like a Real Justice conference in terms of the questions raised, the involvement of victims and the focus on how to repair the harm.

Additionally, this application, where youth in the school are integrally involved in giving feedback and also providing support for a student in a discipline situation, reminds me of what happens in a CSF Buxmont school (the demonstration projects of the IIRP) every day. In these schools, at-risk youth uses circle processes throughout the day to give feedback and support, and build relationships as well as respond to harm. That form has been dubbed a "restorative milieu."

Also of note about the Oregon program is that it involves over 100 trained community volunteers to make these conferences possible.

Watch Rick Dancer's August Episode of his program, The Watercooler, at YouTube.

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