public schools

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Discipline Problem? Or Institutional Culture Problem?

Does talking it through really make a difference? Restorative Justice in Education practitioners see how discussion and dialogue at all levels of educational systems can start to make real change in schools and society. Continue reading

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Responsive Classrooms

A bit of a newcomer to the realm of education theory, philosophy and curriculum, as I continue doing research in those areas, I have found myself ‘discovering’ for the first time teaching styles that spark my imagination. Some philosophies are more realistic than others, and some work better for certain age groups over others. Since … Continue reading

“Ceeds of Peace”: Peace Action Toolkit for Schools and Communities

Today is International Day of Peace! If you’re like me, you can spend copious amount of time reading about peace building and then start to wonder, “But how can I get started actually doing things that help my students put these things into practice? how can I move my students and myself from receiving information and talking … Continue reading

Webinars from the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice

Check out the webinars on restorative justice from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Several relate directly to educational settings, including the recent But That Teacher Doesn’t Like Me: The Importance of a Relational Pedagogy. Continue reading

“Is This Working?”: A Critical Look at Classroom Discipline

“When it comes to disciplining young people, teachers are winging it,” discovers the radio talk show This American Life in their episode called ‘Is This Working?’ aired last fall. The show takes a critical look at classroom discipline in schools across the United States, revealing a deep lack of training and knowledge of recent tools among teachers and administrators who struggle to deal with student misbehaviour. Continue reading

Webinar on Trauma-Informed Approaches and Trauma Prevention

A webinar entitled A Focus on Trauma: Integrating Trauma-Informed Approaches and Moving Toward Trauma Prevention is taking place May 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM PT. This web conference will highlight several frameworks and models for trauma-informed approaches and provide an introduction to understanding community-level trauma and the implications for successful violence prevention efforts. Continue reading

Welcoming Diverse Cultures in Public Schools

In societies such as Canada and the United States, cultural diversity in the classroom can be a challenge to educators and to school systems. Multiple cultures and languages operating within one classroom can be a rich experience, but can also contribute to conflict when assumptions and stereotypes come into play. How can teachers and schools respond in healthy ways to changing demographics? Continue reading

Teach for Peace: Dangerous Memories and Teaching 9/11

Cheryl Lynn Duckworth’s new book, 9/11 and Collective Memory in US Classrooms: Teaching About Terror, explores language and peace perspectives in US public school curriculum and instructional approaches to teaching students about the history of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Read an excerpt from the book on her blog here.

Failing bilingualism in US public schools

An insightful article, How we kill languages and fail our cleverest children, looks at the limitations of views on bilingualism in United States public schools. Besides economic reasons, maintaining and supporting student’s first languages affirms them and their communities as valuable and valued in the society. Honouring our students’ mother languages is a very practical … Continue reading

Speaking Our Language

This article entitled “Qanuippit?” on the Canadian Education Society website highlights the challenges and importance of choosing to speak one’s language even while learning English to access more opportunities. Inuktitut speakers had been forbidden in the past to speak their language in schools. Now, this teacher is committed to speaking their language with students. Connecting … Continue reading

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