Congratulations to Our Latest Round
Intro to Restorative Justice
Next Classes: Nov. 12 & Dec. 17
This foundational instruction is the first step to becoming a restorative justice volunteer and joining a growing network of community-based restorative councils around the country. Also, a two-day Facilitator Training will be held
Dec. 11-12. Sign up here!
News: Restorative Resources in Sonoma County Gazette
For a concise overview of restorative justice concepts and our goals in the community - read the story here.
News: Restorative Justice Pilot Programs Evaluated in SR Schools
Sonoma State criminology professor Pat Jackson recently completed a study of the restorative justice programs at Cook Middle School and Elsie Allen High School.
He cites a continued drop in expulsions and suspensions and an overall positive change in school climate at both institutions. Jackson also notes how "students from both schools appeared to appreciate the change in management of discipline. One said that before restorative justice came, administrators 'would just ask the teacher what happened...Sometimes they wouldn’t even ask me.'" Here's a summary of the study.
News: Year-End Restorative Justice Stats in SR Schools
Our "Close to Home" op-ed in the Press Democrat shows the success of restorative programs in Santa Rosa schools.
News: Cook Middle School Memorial Garden
Restorative Resources staff joined with students, teachers and community members to plant a garden in memory of Andy Lopez and others who have been lost at Cook Middle School. See photo gallery.
News: Restorative Justice embraced by Sonoma State
Two SSU psychology students teamed up with Restorative Resources to host a campus forum on restorative justice.
Check out the Sonoma Star story here.
News: Cover story on Restorative Resources in Santa Rosa Schools
The Bohemian focused their in-depth cover story on Restorative Resources and our schools programs in Santa Rosa.
Writer Leilani Clark enrolled in our Intro to Restorative Justice training and interviewed staff members, school board members, probation department staff and, most importantly, the youth whose lives have been changed in our programs.
It's a must read, check it out here.
News: SR School Board approves $125k pilot program with Restorative Resources
The Santa Rosa City Schools Board of Education voted to approve a contract with Restorative Resources to fund a pilot program for restorative justice suspension diversion at Elsie Allen High School and Cook Middle School.
Read the Press Democrat story and a great Press Democrat editorial.
News: Restorative Resources featured in the Press Democrat
Press Democrat writer Kerry Benefield observed Restorative Resources in action and interviewed one of our program graduates whose expulsion was overturned by the Santa Rosa School Board. Here are the two stories:
- "Some Santa Rosa schools explore alternatives to student suspensions"
- "Santa Rosa school district working to cut high suspension totals"