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Circle in the Square: Building Community and Repairing Harm in School by [Nancy Riestenberg]

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Restorative practices are "what's happening" in schools today. This book, by one of the leaders in the field . . . is comprehensive but practical and readable; it includes the why, the what, and the how. Every teacher, every administrator - indeed many parents - ought to have this book. --Howard Zehr, author of Changing Lenses and The Little Book of Restorative Justice

Nancy Riestenberg has been one of the most articulate advocates of restorative justice . . . Her work in schools, however, is unsurpassed in providing educators with a wealth of knowledge about why and how zero tolerance policies are counterproductive. Most importantly, she is unsurpassed in giving school professionals new tools and showing them how to use them. --Gordon Bazemore, author of Restorative Juvenile Justice

For over a decade, Nancy Reistenberg continues to be an innovative visionary of harm reduction, violence prevention, and youth development through restorative measures in schools. Circle in the Square offers an insightful and practical guide to the development of restorative measures in schools in Minnesota. I can hear Nancy s calm and reassuring voice in every page, in every story. True to the values and practice of restorative justice, Nancy also includes the voices and stories of her many colleagues in Minnesota, and beyond. In doing so, Circle in the Square offers Minnesota s rich and diverse experience with restorative measures to be told. It has truly been a story of collaboration and capacity building. Of particular significance, Minnesota s collaborative journey illustrates how the use of Circles, as a restorative measure, has shifted from a disciplinary response to a pedagogical foundation. This book offers a rich treasure of stories, insights and guidelines for practice, written with wit, wisdom and integrity. Circle in the Square will touch the lives of many people, and guide us in restoring safe, healthy and wise education systems, for all children. --Brenda Morrison, author of Restoring Safe School Communities
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Nancy Riestenberg has over twenty-five years of experience in the fields of violence prevention education, child sexual abuse prevention, and restorative measures in schools. She has worked with school districts in Minnesota and twenty other states, from the Cass Lake-Bena School District in Minnesota to Chicago Public Schools. She also speaks nationally on restorative measures at conferences and through trainings. She provides technical assistance on violence and bullying prevention, school connectedness, school climate, dropout prevention, cultural relevance in prevention education, crisis prevention and recovery, and restorative measures. She has also provided technical assistance in restoring the learning environment to the Minnesota school districts that experienced school shooting incidents.

Nancy was a member of the design team for the National Institute of Corrections restorative conferencing curriculum for law enforcement and school personnel, Facilitating Restorative Group Conferences. She participated in the Restorative Justice and Teen Court Focus Group for the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) and has written several articles on restorative measures in schools. She presented on Minnesota Restorative Practices at the Restorative Approaches to Conflict in Schools Seminar at the University of Edinburgh.

At the Minnesota Department of Education, she has worked with her colleagues on evaluating and implementing restorative measures in schools. She has analyzed data regarding disproportionate minority representation in suspensions and expulsions, student survey data regarding bullying, and data surrounding the state-wide violence prevention mass media campaign, You re The One Who Can Make The Peace. Prior to coming to the Minnesota Department of Education, Nancy worked for twelve years with the Illusion Theater s Sexual Abuse Prevention Program, which created and toured educational plays on child sexual abuse, domestic violence, and HIV/ AIDS prevention education. She coordinated the adaptation of Touch, the child sexual abuse prevention play, for the Red Lake People, and trained high school students in twenty different school districts in eight states to present social-issue prevention plays to their peers.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B007DMN1QI
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Living Justice Press; First edition (February 25, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 25, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3289 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 278 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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