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ICCSD to present new restorative justice program, designed to close racial gaps in school disciplining

The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) has launched a restorative justice pilot program to promote equity within the district, and on Wednesday, Brad Kelly, the program’s coordinator, will explain how it will affect staff and students during an online presentation. Kelly has worked in the school district for six years, serving as a student […]

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Talking circles are changing conversations around social justice and discipline in Iowa City

In situations where both sides of a conflict feel disrespected or misunderstood, restorative justice talk circles have provided peaceful solutions, replacing drama and punishments with conversation. Last fall, the Mediation Services of Eastern Iowa (MSEI) created opportunities for school administrators and coordinators of workplace disciplinary programs and criminal justice diversion programs to learn how to lead one of these peacekeeping circles. […]

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