Webinar: Restorative Justice in Everyday School Practices: A Panel Discussion
Co-sponsored by Coming to the Table, a racial reconciliation organization affiliated with EMU, and co-hosted by the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice and MA in Education Department at EMU.
Over the past few months, we have been learning together about Restorative Justice in Education and ways in which RJE can disrupt the pipelines to prison that exist for many of our children and youth. In the first two webinars, we learned from students who are facilitating restorative justice practices in their schools in Houston and in Fairfax county. In our third webinar, we learned from Dorothy Vaandering and Brenda Morrison about the importance of building relational pedagogy and ways in which healthy relationships in schools can prevent disruptive behaviors and bring about school and classroom climates that promote learning and transformation. Our fourth webinar focused on pipelines to prison, what perpetuates those pipelines, and how RJE can begin to disrupt them. It’s been a great series and we’re grateful for our guests who have taught us so much about RJE.
In the final webinar in this series, we will be hosting a panel discussion with four restorative justice practitioners. Ann Schumacher, from Michigan will talk about her work facilitating circles with high school girls; Carolyn Boyes-Watson and Estelle Archibold will share about their work in the Boston Public Schools; and Christina Parker will discuss her work preparing teachers to be restorative justice educators in Toronto. In addition to the discussions about their work, there will be ample time for them to answer questions about the nuts and bolts of bringing RJ into educational settings. Each of these panelists brings a wealth of experience with restorative justice in schools. We are excited to host this discussion as part of the Coming to the Table Webinar series and look forward to learning from our panelists.
Estelle Archibold is the system-level Director of Culture for Prospect Hill Academy Charter Schools, and Fellow at the Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University. She has been a K-12 educator for more than 15 years. Estelle is a Spelman College graduate, and has graduate degrees in Education, Theology & Ethics, and Conflict Transformation/Restorative Justice from universities such as Emory University and Boston University. Estelle has applied her study and practice internationally in Liberia, West Africa with religious leaders in partnership with Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in Ghana studying spirituality and health, and in the United Arab Emirates with the Abu Dhabi Council of Education as a consultant in public education.
Christina Parker is a Lecturer in social development studies at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo and in teacher education at the University of Toronto. As an Ontario certified teacher, she has taught and conducted research in diverse elementary and secondary schools. Her work focuses on providing opportunities for marginalized students to be heard and included in the classroom through peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and restorative justice.
Carolyn Boyes-Watson is Professor of Sociology at Suffolk University and founding director of the Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and has published numerous articles and books on restorative justice, juvenile justice and the criminal justice system. Dr. Boyes-Watson has conducted trainings in restorative justice nationally and internationally and has worked with extensively with schools, juvenile justice systems, youth-serving organizations throughout New England to implement restorative justice. Her most recent books include Peacemaking Circles and Urban Youth, Living Justice Press (2008) and Heart of Hope: A Guide for Using Peacemaking Circles to Develop Emotional Literacy, Promote Healing and Build Healthy Relationships with Kay Pranis (2010); Crime and Justice: Learning Through Cases, Rowman and Littlefield (2013); and Circle Forward: Building a Restorative School, Living Justice Press (2014) with Kay Pranis.
Ann Schumacher introduced (2010) and currently directs the Talking Circle program in Hamtramck High School in Detroit, which was established as part of the district’s intention to change school climate and become more restorative. She holds an MA in Conflict Resolution and a PhD in Communication from Wayne State University, and has been a Rotary World Peace Fellow in Bangkok, Thailand. She has extensive training and experience in victim-offender and civil mediation, working both in the court and mediation centers.