Toward a Restorative City: Deepening Restorative Practices in Detroit Schools and Neighborhoods

This session will be devoted to understanding how the Skillman Foundation, in partnership with the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) and Black Family Development Inc. (BFDI), are jointly committed to significantly improving the lives of children growing up in Detroit neighborhoods where challenging life circumstances place them at a distinct disadvantage to lead successful lives as adults. Given the multiple factors that influence the life outcomes for children, we agree that a network of well-established relationships among individuals that comprise the social ecology in a neighborhood will make communicative and cooperative action possible through restorative practices. Thus, a commitment to building social capital and the achievement of social discipline through participatory learning and decision-making is paramount. In our session, we will discuss how we aim to accomplish our theory of action, which is: If we achieve building a restorative neighborhood led by cross-sectional professionals implementing restorative practices with high fidelity, then we achieve raising the social capital necessary for improving social climates that foster academic outcomes for students.

Other Schools Share (50 min)
Location: IIRP First Floor Date: October 24, 2016 Time: 10:00 am - 10:50 am Keith Hickman Henry McClendon