Restorative School Practices Summer Institute planned

Posted May 20, 2011, at 7:50 p.m.

BELFAST — The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast and the University of Maine’s Peace and Reconciliation Studies will co-sponsor the third annual Summer Institute in Restorative School Practices Tuesday through Thursday, June 28-30, at the Augusta Civic Center.

The three-day institute will introduce participants to restorative school practices and restorative discipline. Within a whole school approach, these practices build caring school communities that support students, staff and administrators in feeling connected and respected, which enhances learning outcomes, said Barb Blazej, a peace studies program lecturer at UMaine and director of the university’s Youth Violence Prevention Project.

Under restorative discipline practices, school discipline becomes part of a learning environment emphasizing accountability and support rather than punishment and exclusion. The institute will feature presentations, discussion, activities, hands-on practice, videos, a panel of teachers and administrators using restorative practices, and opportunities to experience the “community circle” process.

Additional information is available on The Restorative Justice Project’s website, by

calling Blazej at  581-2625 or by emailing her at barb@rjpmidcoast.org. The registration deadline is June 3.

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