Posts by Molly Rowan

Rita Marie Johnson: From Confusion to Connection, and from Conflict to Mutually Met Needs

Key Themes from Dialogue: How the Connection Practice works, stories from the field, scalability and fears, racial and ideological strife, working with children Rita Marie Johnson shares how the Connection Practice supports restorative justice practices and conflict resolution by creating safe spaces for uncovering the root of why harms are done, and helping all involved to find connection points via empathy, insight, and coherence. She draws on her depth of experience in a lifetime dedicated to peacebuilding.Rita Marie Johnson is creator of the Connection Practice. She is founder and CEO of Rasur Foundation International, which sponsors the Connection Practice. In
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Anita Wadhwa: How Schools, and Our Lives, Can Become Liberating Places

Anita Wadhwa is the Restorative Justice Coordinator at Yes Prep Northbrook High School and CFO of Restorative Empowerment for Youth, a consultancy which conducts restorative justice trainings co-facilitated by young people. She also founded the Restorative Justice Collaborative of Houston. Her book, Restorative Justice in Urban Schools: Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline, analyzes the school to prison pipeline in a historical context, and explores how restorative justice – coupled with critical pedagogy focused on the political, social and economic structures that contribute to students’ schooling experiences – can transform relationships and create space for increased student engagement and political
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Adding a restorative element to schools and how it adds value instead of being seen as taking away from time available to teach

Many times educators may feel they do not have time to add anything else to already-packed schedules that are topped off with extra work beyond the hands-on time with children and students. In this brief segment Boyes-Watson and Pranis share ideas on how circles can help reconnect educators with their original passion for becoming one in the first place, and provide a space that regenerates and is a foundation for further exploring circles as a space for classes to briefly check in and then go about their days. If you are considering restorative processes in your educational environment, this is
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Jared Seide, Director of Center for Council

Jared Seide is the Director of Center for Council and has designed, piloted and coordinated Council-based programs in prisons, assisted living facilities, youth groups and a variety of non-profit and faith-based organizations and social service agencies, including “The Co-Mentoring Project” for emancipated foster youth, the “Social Justice Council Project” in partnership with the Angell Foundation and the “Prison/Reentry Council Initiative,” with the support of the Nathan Cummings and JIB Foundation, in addition to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  He has also coordinated, mentored and facilitated Council programs at eleven schools in Southern California and has led “Rite of
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Ian Marder, Founder of Community of Restorative Researchers

Ian is a criminologist and Ph.D. student, studying and lecturing in restorative justice at the School of Law, University of Leeds, UK. He was born in Canada, but has spent most of his life in Northern England. He has conducted research for a number of organisations, including Restorative Solutions, the Restorative Justice Council, Search for Common Ground and the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs. He is also the founder of the Community of Restorative Researchers, a new research network which aims to enhance communication and collaboration between researchers, practitioners and policymakers in the field of restorative justice.
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Dr. David Ragland

Dr. David Ragland grew up in North St. Louis, a few miles from Ferguson, Mo. Dr. Ragland is the co-founder for the Truth-Telling Project in St. Louis, Mo and a Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies.  The Truth Telling project is focused on developing a truth and reconciliation process to address structural violence and racism for Ferguson and Beyond. David serves on the board of the Peace and Justice Studies Association.  Additionally he is the United Nations Representative for the International Peace Research Association. Over the past 13 years Dr. Ragland has taught at Bucknell University, Vassar College, Hofstra University, University of Toledo, Eastern Michigan University, Teachers
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Ted Grimsrud – Violence as Theological Problem

Ted Grimsrud is Professor of Theology and Peace Studies. Prior to teaching at EMU beginning in 1996, he served 10 years as a pastor in M to sleepennonite churches in Arizona, Oregon and South Dakota. He is especially interested in the connection between Christian theology and pacifism. He teaches classes in theology, peace studies, ethics, and the Bible. He is married to Kathleen Temple and is Elias’s and Marja’s grandfather. His latest book, published in November, 2014 by Cascade Books, is The Good War That Wasn’t—And Why It Matters: The Moral Legacy of World War II.. He blogs at thinkingpacifism.net.
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