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Intro


 

Resolve Conflict

Repair Harm

 

 

A Restorative Solution for Schools

 

Real experience implementing restorative justice and

practices as Administrators in public schools

 

Congratulations to managing partner Jen Gallegos, who was appointed to the State of Colorado, Coordinating Council on Restorative Justice, 2017

Selection made by the State Court Administrator based on: council ranking, geographic diversity, program diversity, and experience within the restorative justice practices

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Intro


 

Resolve Conflict

Repair Harm

 

 

A Restorative Solution for Schools

 

Real experience implementing restorative justice and

practices as Administrators in public schools

 

Congratulations to managing partner Jen Gallegos, who was appointed to the State of Colorado, Coordinating Council on Restorative Justice, 2017

Selection made by the State Court Administrator based on: council ranking, geographic diversity, program diversity, and experience within the restorative justice practices

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOU NEED EXPERIENCE, NOT THEORY:

Learn from experience

Hire a team who has implemented, caused change, and lived the reality of restorative justice and practices every day for over seven years.

We know from experience that restorative justice practices are the key to developing positive, trusting, proactive relationships.  We've been practicing restorative justice in schools since 2009, with a team that has conducted hundreds of restorative conversations, and made restorative circles an everyday practice.  Every member of the school community benefits from restorative practices.  It's inexpensive and easy to implement, and its effects are profound.  

By implementing restorative practices with fidelity, in a wide variety of situations (racial mix, poverty, middle class, SED—significant emotional disorder, high school, middle school, and elementary school), we have experienced significant improvement in school climate and culture.  We believe that Jen Kirksey’s prior experience as a police officer, and Jen Gallegos’ Special Education Coordinator endorsement and experience with Significant Emotional Disorder populations, brings a unique and valuable training experience to your school district.

Along with training individual schools, in the spring of 2016, we partnered with Montrose School District to train and support district-wide implementation of restorative justice and practices.  Additionally, we were instrumental in drafting the State of Colorado guiding document for restorative practices in schools.  The document:  Colorado Restorative Practices in Schools Guidelines.  Principals, Practice, Implementation and Training can be found at this link:

http://www.rjcolorado.org/restorative-justice/restorative-practices-in-schools

Chalkbeat article and interview of Kirksey and Gallegos as they train administrators in Jeffco Public Schools:

https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/08/11/a-gentler-approach-jeffco-public-schools-emphasizing-restorative-practices-as-part-of-discipline-changes/

 
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Story


Sucesses

53% reduction in fights in one semester at Thornton High School. 

Out of the 113 students who participated in an RJ conversation at O’Connell Middle School, only 4 students continued with the same behavior.

46% of RJ conversations avoided a physical fight between students which would have ended up in a three-day suspension. The majority of staff and student RJ conversations were over disagreements, assumptions, and misunderstandings. 

Students in particular talked about feeling safe during RJ conversations and were very willing to work things out instead of fighting or avoiding the other person. 

Students generally are VERY honest and in most circumstances, both parties leave feeling listened to. 

Students/Teachers solve their issues is ways that allow both to leave feeling like they have a say in the solution. This process is a very welcome addition to discipline, rather than just suspending a student. 

Story


Sucesses

53% reduction in fights in one semester at Thornton High School. 

Out of the 113 students who participated in an RJ conversation at O’Connell Middle School, only 4 students continued with the same behavior.

46% of RJ conversations avoided a physical fight between students which would have ended up in a three-day suspension. The majority of staff and student RJ conversations were over disagreements, assumptions, and misunderstandings. 

Students in particular talked about feeling safe during RJ conversations and were very willing to work things out instead of fighting or avoiding the other person. 

Students generally are VERY honest and in most circumstances, both parties leave feeling listened to. 

Students/Teachers solve their issues is ways that allow both to leave feeling like they have a say in the solution. This process is a very welcome addition to discipline, rather than just suspending a student. 

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Training Resume


The RJ Solution Training Resume and feedback

On presenting at the Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented

Conference...

Jen, your session on Restorative Justice received outstanding reviews. I know this is not only meant for GT students, but it really resonated with the audience of gifted educators and parents. BTW, there was a story on RJ on NPR this morning.

Met Kirksey yesterday when she came to our school for restorative justice training. What a hoot! Love her! Wish she'd been there when I was there. Super excited to do RJs - hear it's going great for your school. Hope you have a FANTASTIC year!!!

Wayne Caryl Middle School

Hey Jen!

We have received nothing but positive feedback from the staff who attended your training. We have been slowly implementing our RJ program and so far we have seen amazing results! We would like to schedule two more trainings with you for next year. We were thinking of having one in January to start off the new semester and then maybe a consultation of sorts in March. Does this sound like something you would be interested in?

Thank you Jen, and I hope you are doing well!

Best, Anthony DiLorenzo | YTC Supervisor, Tennyson Center for Children

I'm SOLD!

Kirk, hope you are having a great day. I wanted to share something with you. I had the opportunity today to observe Dan conduct a Restorative Justice session with two boys that are having issues in the high school. One of the boys has never accepted responsibility or been constructive in a meeting. By the end of the meeting both boys were admitting their parts in the problem, brainstorming how this can be resolved and fixed to ensure it is over. They were both shaking hands at the end and apologizing to each other. It was amazing. I’m sold on the process. If you need a go-to guy for Restorative Justice here in the district, I would recommend looking at Dan for that. Hope your day is well. Scott (Montrose SD)

Hello Jen,

I hope your year has gotten off to a great start. Wow, Falcon Creek and Horizon are both super excited and bragging to me re; how different each of their buildings feel already this year. Evan and I did get Nicki’s approval at Horizon to do RJ circles weekly for all classes. Falcon teachers are already asking for RJ between them and a student with great results. It is really heartening! (Cherry Creek SD)

Guzzle the Kool-Aid My Friends

Below is a photo of two students (elementary) who have had a difficult relationship with each other at lunch/recess since last April. They had a physical altercation today. I did my first RJ conference after doing their discipline investigation. They were owning every part of the conference and you can see them designing their lunch/recess separation plan. One of their mothers came in to pick one of them up early and she nearly blew the whole thing up. This tempted me to believe that I’ve been wrong about expecting high levels of parent communication. But no. This is why we need to increase it…to convince our students’ parents that they can succeed and make much better decisions. Maybe some of their learning will rub off on their parents and make this world a truly better place. Enjoy your well-earned long weekend! (Jeffco SD)

Presenters:

2018 Numerous Schools in the Cherry Creek School District

2017 Diversity Leadership Institute for Teachers

2017 Colorado Gifted and Talented Conference

2017 Colorado Affective Needs Conference

2016 Colorado State Restorative Justice Conference

2016 Principal Leadership Conference, Colorado Springs

Panel members: 2015 International Bullying Prevention Conference--in association with the International Institute for Restorative Practices

Some of our Clients:

Academy District 20 2018

Montrose School District 2016/2017

Cherry Creek School District 2017, 2018

Roaring Fork School District 2017

Jefferson County Social Emotional Learning Specialists 2017

Jefferson High School 2017

Tennyson Center for Children 2017, 2018, 2019

Falcon Creek MS 2017

Slater and Glennon Heights ES 2017

Falcon Bluffs MS 2017

Academy for Urban Learning 2016

Loveland Classical Schools 2016

Everitt MS 2016

North Arvada MS 2016

Foothills ES 2016

Carmody MS 2015

Jefferson County Public Schools Counselors 2015

Green Mountain HS 2015

Adams 12 School District 2014

Hands-on Experience/Implementation

Hutchinson ES 2015

Dunstan MS 2015

O’Connell MS 2014

Thornton HS 2013

North HS 2010, 2011

Training Resume


The RJ Solution Training Resume and feedback

On presenting at the Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented

Conference...

Jen, your session on Restorative Justice received outstanding reviews. I know this is not only meant for GT students, but it really resonated with the audience of gifted educators and parents. BTW, there was a story on RJ on NPR this morning.

Met Kirksey yesterday when she came to our school for restorative justice training. What a hoot! Love her! Wish she'd been there when I was there. Super excited to do RJs - hear it's going great for your school. Hope you have a FANTASTIC year!!!

Wayne Caryl Middle School

Hey Jen!

We have received nothing but positive feedback from the staff who attended your training. We have been slowly implementing our RJ program and so far we have seen amazing results! We would like to schedule two more trainings with you for next year. We were thinking of having one in January to start off the new semester and then maybe a consultation of sorts in March. Does this sound like something you would be interested in?

Thank you Jen, and I hope you are doing well!

Best, Anthony DiLorenzo | YTC Supervisor, Tennyson Center for Children

I'm SOLD!

Kirk, hope you are having a great day. I wanted to share something with you. I had the opportunity today to observe Dan conduct a Restorative Justice session with two boys that are having issues in the high school. One of the boys has never accepted responsibility or been constructive in a meeting. By the end of the meeting both boys were admitting their parts in the problem, brainstorming how this can be resolved and fixed to ensure it is over. They were both shaking hands at the end and apologizing to each other. It was amazing. I’m sold on the process. If you need a go-to guy for Restorative Justice here in the district, I would recommend looking at Dan for that. Hope your day is well. Scott (Montrose SD)

Hello Jen,

I hope your year has gotten off to a great start. Wow, Falcon Creek and Horizon are both super excited and bragging to me re; how different each of their buildings feel already this year. Evan and I did get Nicki’s approval at Horizon to do RJ circles weekly for all classes. Falcon teachers are already asking for RJ between them and a student with great results. It is really heartening! (Cherry Creek SD)

Guzzle the Kool-Aid My Friends

Below is a photo of two students (elementary) who have had a difficult relationship with each other at lunch/recess since last April. They had a physical altercation today. I did my first RJ conference after doing their discipline investigation. They were owning every part of the conference and you can see them designing their lunch/recess separation plan. One of their mothers came in to pick one of them up early and she nearly blew the whole thing up. This tempted me to believe that I’ve been wrong about expecting high levels of parent communication. But no. This is why we need to increase it…to convince our students’ parents that they can succeed and make much better decisions. Maybe some of their learning will rub off on their parents and make this world a truly better place. Enjoy your well-earned long weekend! (Jeffco SD)

Presenters:

2018 Numerous Schools in the Cherry Creek School District

2017 Diversity Leadership Institute for Teachers

2017 Colorado Gifted and Talented Conference

2017 Colorado Affective Needs Conference

2016 Colorado State Restorative Justice Conference

2016 Principal Leadership Conference, Colorado Springs

Panel members: 2015 International Bullying Prevention Conference--in association with the International Institute for Restorative Practices

Some of our Clients:

Academy District 20 2018

Montrose School District 2016/2017

Cherry Creek School District 2017, 2018

Roaring Fork School District 2017

Jefferson County Social Emotional Learning Specialists 2017

Jefferson High School 2017

Tennyson Center for Children 2017, 2018, 2019

Falcon Creek MS 2017

Slater and Glennon Heights ES 2017

Falcon Bluffs MS 2017

Academy for Urban Learning 2016

Loveland Classical Schools 2016

Everitt MS 2016

North Arvada MS 2016

Foothills ES 2016

Carmody MS 2015

Jefferson County Public Schools Counselors 2015

Green Mountain HS 2015

Adams 12 School District 2014

Hands-on Experience/Implementation

Hutchinson ES 2015

Dunstan MS 2015

O’Connell MS 2014

Thornton HS 2013

North HS 2010, 2011

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Testimonials and articles


 

 

 

Comments from Staff and Students based on The RJ Solution implementation

Like a new school

The amount of respect from Admin to students and teachers; the positive increase in student behavior this year, makes it seem as though it's new school. Students seem happy, there are less disruptions in class, students are taking more responsibility for their actions. There is true leadership in the school this year.

A life skill

Students actually take responsibility for their actions; they are also learning how to communicate in conflict situations, which is a life skill. Every school should be doing the RJ process - it's essential conflict management techniques not just for students, but parents and all school staff.

 

Articles about restorative justice and practices

Chalkbeat article featuring Kirksey and Gallegos:

https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/08/11/a-gentler-approach-jeffco-public-schools-emphasizing-restorative-practices-as-part-of-discipline-changes/

 

Denver Post article featuring Jen Kirksey, partner in The RJ Solution:

http://www.denverpost.com/lakewood/ci_26635757/police-officer-turned-principal-at-lakewoods-oconnell-middle

 

 

Testimonials and articles


 

 

 

Comments from Staff and Students based on The RJ Solution implementation

Like a new school

The amount of respect from Admin to students and teachers; the positive increase in student behavior this year, makes it seem as though it's new school. Students seem happy, there are less disruptions in class, students are taking more responsibility for their actions. There is true leadership in the school this year.

A life skill

Students actually take responsibility for their actions; they are also learning how to communicate in conflict situations, which is a life skill. Every school should be doing the RJ process - it's essential conflict management techniques not just for students, but parents and all school staff.

 

Articles about restorative justice and practices

Chalkbeat article featuring Kirksey and Gallegos:

https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/08/11/a-gentler-approach-jeffco-public-schools-emphasizing-restorative-practices-as-part-of-discipline-changes/

 

Denver Post article featuring Jen Kirksey, partner in The RJ Solution:

http://www.denverpost.com/lakewood/ci_26635757/police-officer-turned-principal-at-lakewoods-oconnell-middle