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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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The Circle as Sanctuary

The Circle as Sanctuary © 2018 William A. Bledsoe, Ph.D. More than anything else, being able to feel safe with other people defines mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful [...]

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Ancient Wisdom at a Waldorf School: Part One

Ancient Wisdom at a Waldorf School: Part One © 2018 William A. Bledsoe, Ph.D. I believe that to really understand how and why a restorative approach to misconduct works, we have to go back to its [...]

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Building a Bridge by Forming a Circle: a Restorative Way Through Bullying

In Mountain Parent Magazine – Fall 2018 Issue Nine By: William A. Bledsoe, Ph.D. When my wife and I moved to Colorado in 1998, we wanted to find an elementary school for our daughter that [...]

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When Restoration Fails…or Does It?

One of the goals of an advanced restorative approach to misconduct is to identify underlying reasons or issues that may be compelling a student to act in a destructive or harmful way. If you can [...]

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Trauma Responsive Schools: Catching Kids Before They Fall

Every time there’s a school or workplace shooting I lament “why didn’t we see this coming?” The warning signs must’ve been there. Why didn’t someone see those signs and intervene long before the [...]