Restorative Circles in Schools: Building Community and Enhancing Learning

Restorative Circles in Schools: Building Community and Enhancing Learning

by Bob Costello, Joshua Wachtel, Ted Wachtel
     
 

Restorative Circles in Schools: Building Community and Enhancing Learning is a practical guide to the use of circles in schools and other settings, as well as an in-depth exploration of circle processes. The book includes numerous stories about the way circles have been used in many diverse situations, discussion on the use of proactive, responsive and staff circles,…  See more details below

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Restorative Circles in Schools: Building Community and Enhancing Learning is a practical guide to the use of circles in schools and other settings, as well as an in-depth exploration of circle processes. The book includes numerous stories about the way circles have been used in many diverse situations, discussion on the use of proactive, responsive and staff circles, and an overview of restorative practices, with particular emphasis on its relationship to circle processes.

Excerpts from the book:

“I have used the circle to give direct instruction, summarize lessons, solicit student feedback and discuss various topics. By its nature, the circle allows each student to be part of the group and have direct input. No one hides in the circle.”

“The circle represents a fundamental change in the relationship between students and authority figures. It creates a cooperative atmosphere in which students take responsibility for their actions. Students respond because they feel respected and realize that what they say matters.”

“Circles provide a practical forum for the resolution of underlying feelings that intrude into the classroom and disrupt learning. The circle allows young people to express their feelings, and in doing so, reduce their intensity. The circle creates opportunities for students to recognize that others have similar issues and that they are not alone. By expressing feelings and getting acknowledgment from others, most students are then able to put their problems aside and move on with the school day.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014365840
Publisher:
International Institute for Restorative Practices
Publication date:
05/25/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
448,514
File size:
577 KB

Meet the Author

Bob Costello is the former director of the IIRP’s Training and Consulting Division. He has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of mental health, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient services and alternative education. He has brought restorative practices training to professionals across the United States and the world in education, law enforcement and criminal justice, counseling and social work, business and other areas. He has appeared on radio numerous times as a spokesperson for restorative practices and restorative justice, most notably on the acclaimed National Public Radio program “Justice Talking.” Bob co-authored The Restorative Practices Handbook for Teachers, Disciplinarians and Adminstrators.

Joshua Wachtel is the son of IIRP founding president Ted Wachtel and Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy (CSF Buxmont) co-founder Susan Wachtel. He attended a CSF Buxmont alternative school as a senior in high school and taught history and music at CSF Buxmont for four years. He currently resides in western Massachusetts and contributes regularly to the Restorative Practices eForum. Josh co-authored The Restorative Practices Handbook for Teachers, Disciplinarians and Adminstrators.

Ted Wachtel is the president and founder of the IIRP. In 1977, Wachtel and his wife, Susan, founded the Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy, which operate schools, foster group homes and other programs in Pennsylvania — which employ restorative practices with delinquent and at-risk youth. Wachtel’s publications include Toughlove, the best-selling book for parents of troubled adolescents, Real Justice, The Conferencing Handbook and The Restorative Practices Handbook for Teachers, Disciplinarians and Administrators, as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. He has been a guest speaker at conferences on restorative practices around the world.

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