Restoring Community

***June 12, 2018: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) is introducing Transparent Tuition, part of its commitment to providing its students with accessible, groundbreaking graduate education.

“We at the IIRP believe that, as an adult learning institution created for the 21st Century, we must put the needs of students at the center of everything we do. What we teach must be immediately relevant and useful. When and how we teach must be built around the active and diverse lives of our students. And importantly, the finances of advanced education should be transparent, easy to understand and affordable, without more interest-laden debt.” — John W. Bailie, Ph.D., IIRP President

Transparent Tuition guarantees students that their tuition will never increase. It also eliminates all fees for course registration, graduation and transcripts. Students don't need to apply for financial aid every term, as they do at most higher education institutions. And there are no burdensome loan programs.

Instead, the IIRP provides a zero-interest payment plan at a low monthly rate: the same simple, affordable plan for everyone. Students know exactly what their education will cost, so they're able to plan ahead.

Transparent Tuition is just part of the IIRP's innovative approach to graduate education.

Learning is focused on real-life challenges and projects. Most students in both the Master of Science and Graduate Certificate programs remain in their current job roles while they study.

IIRP courses are blended, asynchronous and online, so students can participate from anywhere in the world.

Some students have included: a magistrate looking to transform the justice system in South Africa, a caseworker for sexually abused children in India, a Family Court Services Director in California, CEO of a nonprofit for at-risk youth in Australia and a music therapist for special needs children in Trinidad.

They are individuals who run toward social challenges, not away from them. Armed with the skills and competencies of restorative practices, they learn to communicate across walls, problem solve, repair relationships and restore community.

Discover more about the IIRP Graduate School at


***April 3, 2018: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

Leading & Sustaining Change: The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Canada Conference

April 30-May 2, 2018
ON, Canada
Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport

Over the past 20 years, restorative practices and restorative justice have made great strides to connect people and communities, strengthen relationships and repair harm. During the IIRP Canada Conference, scholars and practitioners from across Canada and around the world will share exciting developments and engage in conversations around how to foster these kinds of changes in society as a whole.

Speakers and panels will examine restorative practices in schools, criminal and youth justice, Indigenous communities and workplaces. More than 80 inspiring breakout sessions will also be featured.

To learn more about the conference and register go

***September 11, 2017: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

IIRP World Conference to Explore
the Future of Learning in the 21st Century

The International Institute for Restorative Practices Graduate School presents:
Learning in the 21st Century: A Restorative Vision, its 23rd World Conference
October 23-25, 2017
Hotel Bethlehem and IIRP Campus, Bethlehem, PA.

The conference convenes a diverse community of education practitioners, scholars and advocates working together to strengthen civil society. Throughout the three days we will explore how to build supportive school communities.

***August 9, 2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

IIRP Graduate School Awards First Shawn Suzch Scholarships, Supporting Innovative, Aspirational Students

Melissa Ash crop copyMelissa AshClaire Fall16 LR 1cropped CropClaire SinclairClaire Sinclair, a kindergarten teacher in Maplewood, N.J., and Melissa Ash, of Easton, Pa., an outreach educator at Lehigh Valley Crime Victims Council, have been awarded the first annual Shawn Suzch Scholarships by the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School.

Claire employs restorative practices in her kindergarten class to enable the children to get to know each other and build empathy, holding "circles" twice daily.

***July 6, 2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

IIRP Symposium to Explore Concrete Techniques and Alternative Approaches for Transforming Trauma

Led by Dr. Frida Rundell, IIRP associate professor and educational psychologist with over 30 years of experience working with at-risk youth and families, the symposium will provide a blend of theory, academic research and practical knowledge for developing healthy habits, pathways to healing and self-care.

***June 20, 2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

IIRP Graduate School Welcomes New Faculty Member

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The IIRP (International Institute for Restorative Practices) Graduate School, in Bethlehem, Pa., is pleased to welcome Gina Baral Abrams, Dr.P.H., as the new Director of Research and Program Evaluation and Assistant Professor.

Most recently, Dr. Abrams has been teaching research methods in the online M.S.W. program at Boston University School of Social Work. She was previously Special Assistant to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Lehigh University and Director for Health Promotion and Wellness at Princeton University.

Dr. Abrams's background in public health, social work, and educational statistics, measurement and evaluation will enable her to contribute to the growth of the Graduate School. And her experience in mixed-methods research, program evaluation and online teaching, as well as two decades working in higher education, will provide valuable learning opportunities for our students.

***June 1, 2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

Detroit to Become a "Restorative City"

The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) is embarking on an unprecedented initiative to improve the lives of children and families in Detroit, through a "whole-neighborhood" approach that mobilizes individuals to be active stewards of their community. "Toward a Restorative City: Focus on Schools and Sustainability for the City of Detroit," aims to embed restorative practices in neighborhoods, schools and systems, aided by a multi-year grant from the Skillman Foundation, starting with $250,000 for 2016.

The nation's largest provider of restorative practices professional development and the world's only graduate school dedicated to the practices, the IIRP is excited to participate in this groundbreaking project, along with Detroit nonprofit, Black Family Development, Inc. (BFDI), an IIRP partner.