Restoring Community

***July 25, 2018: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

Quality in Online Learning Matters at the International Institute for Restorative Practices Graduate School

The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School's course, Restorative Practices in Action (RP 525), receives nationally recognized Quality Matters Certification Mark for meeting course design standards in an Official Quality Matters peer review.

Quality Matters (QM), a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process that certifies the quality of online courses, has recognized the IIRP Graduate School faculty's commitment to quality assurance for designing a course, Restorative Practices in Action, that meets Quality Matters standards.

Quality Matters has developed a widely respected set of standards for the design of effective online courses and a rigorous faculty peer review process for applying these standards to existing courses. Through this process, reviewers provide instructors and instructional design teams with insight and recommendations that increase learner engagement, retention and satisfaction, and, ultimately, learner achievement.

"Working with Quality Matters is an opportunity to ground your work in the standards of the field and improve your courses for the greatest likelihood of student success," comments Gina Baral Abrams, Dr.PH., IIRP Director of Research and Program Evaluation/Assistant Professor. She adds, "Our leadership is supportive of our quality assurance initiative, our faculty and staff feel invested and empowered, and we have a shared understanding of QM principles and rubrics."

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

IIRP Graduate School: 21st Century Education Demands Transparent Tuition

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.

***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.

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"We can't expel ourselves to safer schools. We need to build positive relationships to get ourselves there."

Joe Roy, Ed.D., Superintendent, Bethlehem Area School District