Circle Up D.C.

SchoolTalk's RestorativeDC

In Circle Up D.C., SchoolTalk's RestorativeDC initiative discusses opportunities and challenges in implementing restorative justice in D.C. schools and beyond. Local and national experts and practitioners discuss their work and creative application of restorative justice. We also share resources and practical tips for everyone implementing restorative justice in education spaces. read less
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Episodes

Using Restorative Practices to Create Community
Jun 6 2023
Using Restorative Practices to Create Community
Featuring: Yazid Jackson, RestorativeDC Director, SchoolTalk; Tone Carter, Social Worker, Sojourner Truth Montessori Public Charter School; Jessica Hiltabidel, Director of Culture, Equity, and Access, Inspired Teaching Demonstration School; Paula Alcazar, SART Specialist and School Behavioral Health Coordinator, Carlos Rosario International Public Charter SchoolHow do restorative practices support community building inside and outside our school buildings? Join us as we explore using restorative practices to build positive school culture and climate. Our guests highlight the work they're doing to build broader and deeper school communities, the benefits to doing so, and the data that supports their work. Don't miss out on meaningful practices in D.C. schools that support family engagement and community partnership development!Thanks and Attributions: Intro music by GevStudioX via Envato Market; opening quote by Margaret J. Wheatley; closing reflection quote by Justice Sonia SotomayorContinued Reading: Fostering Belonging, Transforming Schools: The Impact of Restorative Practices by Sean Darling-HammondSchoolTalk’s RestorativeDC Resources: Facilitating a Virtual Community-Building Circle (video)Series Credits Producers: Ahmed Aldawa, Inaam Avaant, Abby Moser, Lisa ShawEditing: Abby MoserOpening and Closing Music: Marc Brown, Shane Outlaw, Javani RamosOpening and Closing Voice Over: Floyd N. BronsonFunded by: D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Voices of Black Male Educators as Disciplinarians in Schools
Mar 31 2023
Voices of Black Male Educators as Disciplinarians in Schools
Take a deep dive into the experiences of black male educators as they navigate their roles as teachers, role models, authority figures, and disciplinarians in D.C. schools. Our featured panelists share the value they bring to schools as black educators, while offering a crucial counterpoint that schools often over-rely on black educators for discipline without acknowledging and nurturing these professionals’ gifts, passions, and career aspirations. How do you take all of this into account when creating more positive school cultures and climates?Featuring: Yazid Jackson, RestorativeDC Director, SchoolTalk; Floyd N. Bronson, RestorativeDC Program Coordinator, SchoolTalk; Timothy Phillips, Dean of Students, Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public PolicyThanks and Attributions: Mindful moment poem - “Not Because We Are Black” by author unknown; closing reflection quote by Rita PiersonContinued Reading: Black Men of the Classroom: An Exploration of How the Organizational Conditions, Characteristics, and Dynamics in School Affect Black Male Teachers’ Pathways into the Profession by Travis Bristol  |  Why Black Male Teachers Matter by Angela CallahanSchoolTalk’s RestorativeDC Resources: Episode Transcript (coming soon)  |   School Discipline: A Restorative Approach (video)Series Credits Producers: Ahmed Aldawa, Inaam Avaant, Abby Moser, Lisa ShawEditing: Abby MoserOpening and Closing Music: Marc Brown, Shane Outlaw, Javani RamosOpening and Closing Voice Over: Floyd N. BronsonFunded by: D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education