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Latest RJ News and Upcoming DC Alliance for Restorative Practices Meeting

Happy New Year !

Join our Peace Circle Center staff and other DCARP members at

January’s DCARP meeting
Tuesday, January 20
8:00-9:00pm EST
1820 S St. NW (Dupont Circle)
Call in 1-605-475-5950
Access code: 1983153

Building on discussions in our last meeting, we will make plans for DCARP offering workshop(s) at OSSE’s Conference on Best Practices in Education to be held May 1-2.  We will also update the advocacy ideas discussed at our last meeting and hear from Leila, Tarek, and Suzanne on their follow-up action items .

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

  • Basic Jan 24 Restorative Practices in Schools Course
  • RJ in the news (ESED blog, NPR, and YES! Magazine)
  • RJ videos (Azim Khamisa)
  • Social justice resources


The Mediation & Conflict Resolution Center and Howard Community College proudly present Basic Restorative Practices in Schools
CRES-901, Available in Credit or Non-Credit Format
Saturday, January 24 and Saturday, February 7, 2015
8:00am – 4:30pm

Basic Restorative Practices in Schools is a one-credit course designed to equip K-12 educators to lead basic Restorative Practices in their school communities. 100% attendance and class participation are mandatory to receive passing grade. Attendance is limited to 20. (For further details, see attached. Page two of attachment contains registration instructions.)  Students who complete the course will receive Certificate of Completion, and be able to:

▪ Differentiate between Proactive and Responsive Restorative Practices
▪ Describe Benefits of Restorative Practices in Schools
▪ Facilitate Community-Building Circles in Schools
▪ Facilitate Responsive Circles in Schools
▪ List, Explain and Utilize the Five Restorative Questions.

(Questions about the course? kathyrockefeller@howardcc.edu)


ESED Blog on “Solutions not Suspensions in DC” by Stacey Eunnae from the Every Student Every Day Coalition

YES Magazine article on restorative justice and violence against African Americans

NPR Story on Restorative Justice at an Oakland Middle School


Tarek met Azim Khamisa in November and was very inspired by his story of forgiving the young man that murdered his son and then working with the young man’s grandfather to establish a foundation to address violence through education and restorative justice.  A few of his videos:

My Hero Link: http://myhero.com/go/hero.asp?hero=Azim_Khamisa_2012

You Tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEwebk6wfPg

CBS:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBDeFi-04VM

NBC:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKJSOHigxhI


Thanks to Brandon Wallace for these!

White Privilege Checklist:

Solely adapted from the works by Peggy McIntosh, Associate Director of the Wellesley College Center


Cultural Competence Checklist:


from the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association


Social Class Privilege Checklist:


from MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning


Class Privilege:


from the Women’s Theological Center


Lastly, the following website provides ideas that surround social justice (e.g., 30+ Examples of Male Privilege, 30+ Examples of Christian Privilege, 30+ Examples of Cisgender Privilege, 30+ Examples of Middle-to-Upper Class Privilege, 30+ Examples of Heterosexual Privilege in the US.)


Join us on November 22 for Empathy Salon & Screening of “Growing Fairness”, a RJ documentary

Get Your Tickets Here!


November Documentary Screening: “Growing Fairness”, a documentary on Restorative Justice

& Trailer Screening of “Taking Our Places”, upcoming documentary on Parenting with Mindfulness and NVC 

Saturday November 22, 7:00– 10:00pm

Offered by the Peace Circle Center and Co-Sponsored by Samsara House 2023 and the DC Alliance for Restorative Practices

7:00pm Empathy “Salon”

New Name! Previously called “Empathy Café” and offered since 2010 in Dupont Circle once a month during the school year, the gathering expanded these past few months to view documentaries focused on raising inquiries, diverse exchange and provoking new thoughts on social-change in various areas.

Using principles of nonviolence and compassion for ourselves, others and the world, based on the approach of Nonviolent Communication, Restorative practices, and collaboration, the “salon” is meant to be a place of connection, thougths exchanges and expanded curiosity for each other.

Capital NVC’s bookstore will be open during Empathy Salon. NVC cards of Feelings and Needs will be available for you to use for connection using, for instance,  “Empathy Poker,” where anyone can have a turn at sharing what’s most alive or in need of being heard and supported with empathy. Mali and possibly other facilitators of support/workshops around Nonviolent Communication principles will also gladly be available to asnwer questions and connect. (Note however that this is not a workshop and the primary vision for this evening is relaxed connection)

Dessert/Snack Potluck or Bring-Your-Own-Dinner is warmly welcomed around the documentary viewing.

If you’ve been curious about Nonviolent Communication, want to connect socially to build community, or just want to give or receive some heart-to-heart connection, come on out!

7:30pm Documentary Screening Starts –  followed by a group discussion

November Screenings:

Short Videos: “Taking Our Places” upcoming documentary trailer

Full Documentary Screening: “Growing Fairness“, a Teachers Unite documentary on Restorative Justice

Growing Fairness is a short documentary film about “growing” restorative justice in city schools. Often, passionate educators lead these cultural shifts in schools. Growing Fairness examines the historical and political context for their resistance against the norm. It also shares the voices of youth who have seized the opportunity to lead, transforming their schools and themselves in the process.

See trailer and more info at: http://www.teachersunite.net/documentary

And see questions pre- and post-viewing here for your own thought-provoking curiosity whether you attend or not:


What to Bring:
Yourself, your friend(s), a desert/snack to share, potluck-style or your own dinner. Hot water/teas will be available.

Music and movement sharing, as well as anything else supporting authentic connection, are all welcome in the later part of the evening.

Children are welcome under their parents’ care. Cooperative games and arts and crafts are available upstairs. Parents are asked to bring additional supplies, to cater to their children’s needs at all times and support clean-up at the end of the evening.

Offered by the Peace Circle Center and Co-Sponsored by Samsara House 2023 and the DC Alliance for Restorative Practices

Dupont Circle, NW Washington DC
Red Line Metro – Residential Street Parking
Private address given upon RSVP.


RSVP up to a day prior to the day you plan to attend at mali@peacecirclecenter.org or 202-257-3376 (call or text) if possible, so the house can be ready for you.

Contribution: Donation-Based. This event is joyfully offered as a gift. Any contribution given to support the event, the documentaries’ purchases/rentals and/or the Peace Circle Center and its sponsors works and visions is warmly welcomed. A donation jar will be available at the door.

For more ways to connect in community, check out:

Washington DC Area NVC Community Facebook Group

The Peace Circle Community Meetup.com or Facebook Page for parenting/education and whole-community events

About the Host/Facilitator

Mali Parke is an ICF Certified Coach focusing on Empowerment and Restorative Relating. She loves to support individuals, families, youth, educators, and teams who are looking to live life from an inspired, joyful, and consciously empowered presence as well as improve relationships with more collaboration and a restorative approach to transforming conflicts.

Mali offers workshops and one-on-one, family, and group coaching, using work and approaches from Nonviolent Communication, Leadership That Works Coaching, Restorative Circles, Peace-Making Circles, Mindfulness, Attachment Theory, Shadow Work and more with a specific focus on parenting, education, partnerships, relationships, and individual empowerment.

Mali is an avid student and practitioner herself of all of these practices and is humbled to have the two greatest teachers in her life in the disguise of her children. You can usually find her with her two kids at any local NVC camping trip and summer camp and up for any acroyoga, dancing around a campfire, and playing with friends to co-create a loving and supportive community for all ages in the DC area.

Read more about Mali’s work and services at www.core2coeur.com and www.peacecirclecenter.org. She is a recurring contributor at the local DC area NVC organization, Capital NVC as well as the regional NVC community summer camp, Family HEART Camp.

Recent Restorative Justice News Articles – Fall 2014

Here are some recent articles on Restorative Justice and Practices this Fall – Share them along to help us spread awareness!

We are here to support any DC-based initiatives and projects in schools, groups, communities.  Contact us today at connect(at)peacecirclecenter(dot)org

Dropout Nation – The Beltway’s Shameful Discipline

“Another step lies with states, along with the District of Columbia. Maryland took a strong step in January when its state board of education enacted regulations to end zero tolerance discipline actions and push districts towards restorative justice approaches that actually help students learn to behave better while keeping them in school. This is already achieving some result; Montgomery County’s suspension counts declined by 37 percent between 2013 and 2014, according to state data. [The District of Columbia’s charter school board has also worked to reduce overuse of harsh school discipline.]”

NPR – New Approaches To Discipline Strive To Keep Kids Out Of Jail

“Some schools around the country are trying new approaches to discipline designed to keep students within a school community rather than push them out.”

Elevation DC – DC teens show the world through their eyes–and their camera lenses

“[S]tudents have rallied to tackle the school-to-prison pipeline, a national trend where students’ petty transgressions that would once have led to a warning or detention now lead to long-term suspension or police enforcement.”

New York Times – De Blasio Plans Revised Code for Discipline in Schools

“The de Blasio administration plans to release a new school discipline code this fall, part of a larger initiative to examine school safety, discipline, suspensions and arrests. Politically, the stakes are high for Mr. de Blasio, who gained traction in the race for mayor agitating on issues of social justice and, as with his policing strategies, will have to balance the rights of students to be treated fairly with the need for schools to remain safe.”

Huffington Post – Restorative Discipline Should Be Common Practice to Lower Student and Teacher Dropout Rate

“If children cannot multiply fractions, we don’t expect them to figure it out for themselves or stick them in detention to learn how. Yet with behavior, we assume that punishment or the concomitant suffering will teach students what they don’t know. We somehow believe that students will correct their behavior after a one-time instruction rather than recognizing that, like everything else, learning has to be delivered many times using many methods for it to take hold.”

Wall Street Journal – For More Teens, Arrests by Police Replace School Discipline

“A generation ago, schoolchildren caught fighting in the corridors, sassing a teacher or skipping class might have ended up in detention. Today, there’s a good chance they will end up in police custody.”

The Washington Post – Family in Anne Arundel pastry gun case loses school board appeal

“Responding to the opinion, Ficker said that the school system “should know how to deal with 7-year-olds who don’t hurt anyone,” without removing them from school. “This is not a 17-year-old,” he said.”

New York Times – With Black Students, Some Schools Are More Ready to Punish Than Help

“In March, I read a report from the federal Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights about racial inequities in education. Its findings were discouraging, but in many ways they validated my own experience.”

Huffington Post – Implicit Bias and the School to Prison Pipeline

“The statistically significant racial disparities in school discipline are too large and longstanding to have occurred by chance. School officials are exercising their discretion and imposing disciplinary measures in ways that disadvantage African-American students and severely undermines their access to equal educational opportunities.”

The Oregonian – Oregon Department of Education fines Portland Public Schools for over-disciplining African American special education students

“The Oregon Department of Education has fined Portland Public Schools for disciplining African American special education students at a higher rate than other students. The punishment means the district must use $1.5 million, or 15 percent of its federal funding from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, between the 2014-15 school year and the 2015-16 school year to address the problem.”

National Journal – How We Are Successfully Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Denver

“As history has shown us time and again, it is only the organized strength of the people most affected that can change the balance of power and force officials to reconsider systems of inequity and dramatically shift the policies that create them.”