Press Democrat: Somos Circles Launches
Our new Somos Circles program has launched in select fifth and sixth grade classrooms in Sonoma County schools. For background on the program, funded in part by the new $900,000 Title II grant awarded to Restorative Resources, check out this news story: "Restorative Justice Comes to Sonoma Schools."
The Bohemian: 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.
Press Democrat: SR Schools Address Disproportionate Suspensions and Expulsions
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"
SoCo Board of Supervisors: Gold Resolution Ceremony
On March 8, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors adopted a Gold Resolution "commending Restorative Resources for their service to Sonoma County schools and youth." It was a wonderful opportunity to show our county-wide collaboration between schools, Sonoma State University, law enforcement, community-based organizations, community volunteers, and our county and state government.
La Voz: Restorative Resources in the Latino Community
Check out the La Voz cover stories spotlighting the work of Restorative Resources in the Latino community and a profile of Karym Sanchez.
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.
Press Democrat: 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.
Students United for Restorative Justice
Inspired by the work at Restorative Resources, a group of pioneering Santa Rosa High student leaders has created SURJ - Students United for Restorative Justice. Check out their Facebook page and video produced by student filmmaker Sunce Franicevic:
KRCB series on Restorative Resources
County Approves $200k for Restorative Practices
On March 15, 2016, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved $200,000 for Restorative Practices initiatives as part of the final funding for the recommendations from the CALLE (Community and Local Law Enforcement) Task Force.
The first initiative provides $100K in seed financing for the Sonoma County Office of Education to lead a countywide Restorative Practices program in our county schools.
The second $100,000 CALLE initiative is for Restorative Dialogue circles in 7th and 8th grade classes across Sonoma County.
This landmark vote on the part of our Board of Supervisors reflects the community-wide growth and support for the powerful possibilities of the practices and principles of Restorative Justice. We thank all of you who support the work of Restorative Justice for helping make this dream a reality!
Sonoma County Gazette: Building a Restorative Community
For a concise overview of restorative justice concepts and our goals in the community - read the story here.
Press Democrat: 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.
New Study: 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.
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.
Restorative Justice Summit a Huge Success
Over a hundred of the most influential leaders in Sonoma County gathered Feb. 21 at the Hilton in Santa Rosa to show their support and discuss how to expand restorative practices in the region. Along with Restorative Resources, Sonoma County Supervisors Mike McGuire and Shirlee Zane hosted the event that included educators, mayors, prosecutors, public defenders, judges, police chiefs and officers, sheriff's deputies, probation officers, county administrators, nonprofit executive directors, school board members, social activists and many more.
After several inspirational speeches, the group watched two short films - one on restorative justice in schools and another on the Restorative Resources adult pilot program. After each film, tables convened in roundtable discussions and then shared their findings with the larger group.
The overall reaction was resounding support for the pilot programs and for expanding their reach. The next step will be to clearly define how each entity will play a unique role in supporting and fostering restorative justice in Sonoma County. Watch the video: