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“This feels like Punishment!” How Restoration becomes Blame

“This feels like punishment!” How Restoration becomes Blame © 2018 William A. Bledsoe, Ph.D. It’s inevitable that schools implementing a restorative approach to conduct are going to hear students [...]

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RESTORATION OF VOICE: FROM SUPPRESSION TO EXPRESSION

RESTORATION OF VOICE: FROM SUPPRESSION TO EXPRESSION © 2018 William A. Bledsoe, PhD  One of the most striking differences between a coercive response to misconduct, and a restorative response has [...]

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The 7 Principles of Restorative Communication

THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF RESTORATIVE COMMUNICATION – THE 7 R’s ™ A principle is a basic truth, ideal, or tenet that we rely on to guide our behavior. Most often, principles are based on a [...]

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Whole-School Restorative Approach: It’s Not About Discipline – It’s About Engagement

In the last fifteen years schools have begun to pursue restorative approaches to student conduct. Studies indicate that restorative approaches can lead to decreases in disruptive behavior and [...]