DC Alliance for Restorative Practices: RJ News, Classes and Job Postings

Join us at our next monthly meeting – open to all:

December DCARP Meeting
Tuesday, Dec 16, 12:30-1:45pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Room A-3
901 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Call in: 1-605-475-5950 (Midwest)
Access code: 1983153

We will share updates on the school pilots and the potential establishment of a DC community conferencing center.

RJ Gathering and “Beyond Conviction” film screening
Sunday Dec 14, 6-9pm
Maitri House Intentional Community
251 Manor Circle, Takoma Park, MD 20912

We will have dinner at 6pm (you are invited, but not expected, to contribute a dish), followed by a screening and discussion of the powerful, award-winning, Oprah and MSNBC-featured documentary “Beyond Conviction” at 6:30pm.

“Filmmaker Rachel Libert captures spiraling histories of violence with clarity. In highlighting the parallel struggles of both parties, this is more than a televised mediation‹it¹s a humanizing portrait of life after death…. Beyond Conviction doesn¹t promote eye-for-an-eye retribution, or even turning the other cheek. Instead it documents a double-sided healing process, and turns the notion of justice on its head.” Paul Farber, Philadephia Weekly

In the remainder of this email, you’ll find info :

  • November 10 meeting highlights and action steps
  • Dec 10 Mayoral Transition Committee Education hearing
  • Openings for DC school and juvenile justice agency positions
  • DCPS online discussion forum
  • USIP online engaging youth training with Dominic Barter
  • E.L. Haynes job opening
  • Circle Forward book release
  • Free RJ films
  • Huffington Post article on Critical Exposure

NOVEMBER MEETING HIGHLIGHTS AND ACTION STEPS (see full notes attached)

  • We discussed conducting research on what is RJ programming is already available in DC, defining methodologies, and identifying gaps/funding in order to justify new RJ programs and funding.  Alex and Gretchen expressed interested.  Please contact Tarek if you may want to contribute.
  • We also followed up on our idea of hosting a DC peer-sharing conference on restorative justice.  Please contact Tarek if interested in organizing. Tarek and Saleem will follow up on potential funding.

TRANSITION  COMMITTEE EDUCATION HEARING

The Mayor-Elect’s Transition Committee is hosting public engagement fora, including on education this Wednesday, December 10 at 8:00AM. Tarek will be testifying on behalf of DCARP.  Please contact Tarek if you would like to collaborate or sign up here to testify on your own.

DC EDUCATION AND JUVENILE JUSTICE-RELATED OPENINGS
In advocating for restorative justice with Mayor-elect Murial Bowser, DCARP friend, Perry Seidman, has been urgently asked by her transition team for recommendations for over 40 high-level appointed posts in DC government.  We are excited to pass on qualified candidates who would bring an awareness of restorative practices and principles to the school and juvenile justice related agencies.  If a director-level position in any of the following agencies sounds like a fit, please contact Tarek.

DCPS ONLINE DISCUSSION FORUM
Launched last year, http://www.engagedcps.org/ is an online discussion forum to share ideas and feedback with DCPS schools and leadership.

USIP ONLINE COURSE

The US Institute of Peace’s Peacebuilding Academy is offering an online course on Engaging Youth in peacebuilding January 5 to February 1, 2015, with guest RJ expert Dominic Barter and Tarek Maassarani.  See https://academyonline.usip.org/ao/course/community-based-peacebuilding-engaging-youth/
E.L. HAYNES JOB OPENING

High School Recovery Room Specialist (see details below and attached)
CIRCLE FORWARD BOOK RELEASE

“Circle Forward: Building a Restorative School Community” by Kay Pranis and Carolyn Boyes-Watson has just been released.  It is a resource guide designed to help teachers, administrators, students and parents incorporate the practice of Circles into the everyday life of the school community with comprehensive step–by-step instructions for how to plan, facilitate and implement the Circle for a variety of purposes within the school environment.  It describes the basic process, essential elements and a step-by-step guide for how to organize, plan, and lead Circles. It also provides over one hundred specific lesson plans and ideas. To get copies at a special introductory price, visit here.

FREE RJ FILMS:

Restorative justice. Inspiring the future of a just society for all”: released on the occasion of the international Restorative Justice Week 2014, a short film prepared by the European Forum for Restorative Justice and the Foresee Research Group from Hungary.

Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness, survivors of conflicts in Rwanda, Northern Ireland, and Israel and Palestine share their stories of loss and recovery in their own words.

HUFFINGTON POST ARTICLE ON CRITICAL EXPOSURE

“In Washington, D.C.’s public schools, African-American students are almost six times as likely to be suspended or expelled as their white classmates. Students with disabilities are also disciplined at higher rates than their peers.  But a group of local students is hoping to use their artwork to change that.  Students participating in a program with the nonprofit group Critical Exposure contend that disciplinary practices in the District’s public schools contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline, which pushes minority and vulnerable students out of school and into the penal system.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/03/critical-exposure-school-to-prison-pipeline_n_6094376.html

High School Recovery Room Specialist

About

E.L. Haynes Public Charter School was founded in 2004 and has an award-winning program based on effective practices for advancing student achievement. E.L. Haynes is among the top-performing charter schools in Washington D.C., and is recognized locally and nationally as a model and for our exceptional student achievement gains.  E.L. Haynes currently serves over 1,000 students in grades PreK-11 and continues to grow until it serves PreK-12th grade.

Our Mission 

Every E.L. Haynes student of every race, socioeconomic status, ability level, and home language will reach high levels of academic achievement and be prepared to succeed at the college of his or her choice.  Every E.L. Haynes student will be adept at mathematical reasoning, will use scientific methods effectively to frame and solve problems, and will develop the lifelong skills needed to be successful individuals, active community members, and responsible citizens.

Overview of the Role

The Recovery Room Specialist works at the High School to support the continuum of discipline processes in order to effectively support students and help them be accountable for their behavior, particularly when harm has been done in the classroom or within the school community. The Recovery Room Specialist is a 12-month position and reports to the Assistant Principal of Restorative Justice.

Position Responsibilities

Serve as the Recovery Room Specialist in various aspects of the school community, including but not limited to the following:

Support Restorative Discipline Processes

►     Work collaboratively with school administrators to support students who are struggling behaviorally or are having challenges related to school discipline

►     Supervise the Recovery Room, including related data tracking and documentation related to all student referrals

►     Support students in developing and implementing a plan to repair the wrong done and rebuild trust.

►     Positively connect with students and demonstrate care for them while supporting implementation of the school’s discipline policy

►     Ensure that all students clearly understand Recovery Room expectations, consistently enforce the expectations and communicate with AP Restorative Justice if there are any issues with compliance in the Recovery Room

►     Oversee Refocus (detention), including data tracking and monitoring, which occurs from daily

►     Support Saturday school and Intersession student services, as necessary

►     Supports School Administration with any other tasks as needed.

 The ideal candidate will possess:

►     A belief that all children, from every background, must receive an excellent, college-preparatory education, and are able to reach high levels of academic achievement

►     Bachelor’s Degree required; Psychology, Social Work, Behavioral Science, Education or related field preferred

►     Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with diverse students and families

►     Outstanding written and oral communication skills

►     Manages time and prioritizes tasks to ensure that deadlines are met

►     Self-motivation, especially when juggling competing priorities

►     Ability to think strategically, translate thoughts to action, and follow-through

►     Outstanding organizational skills and ability to maintain systems

►     Humility, a sense of humor, and flexibility in an entrepreneurial environment


 

Salary & Benefits 

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, depending on experience and qualifications.
E.L. Haynes is an equal-opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, and promote for all jobs on the basis of merit, qualifications, skills and competence. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, marital status, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other protected status.  E.L. Haynes will fully comply with all employment-related and other laws. All employment decisions will be made solely on the basis of the individual’s qualifications as related to the requirement of the position being filled.

To Apply

Please visit the Join Our Team page on the E.L. Haynes website to submit an application:  http://www.elhaynes.org/work-bethechange.php.  You may upload your resume and other relevant documents.