Now that most classes have gone online, educators are faced with challenges that they didn’t have to deal with before. First, teachers had to adjust to virtual learning. Second, some of them had to fend for themselves against students who tease, prank, and bully. Educators are getting exhausted. Some are feeling defeated. Is there anything we can do to make the new normal better for both students and their teachers?
October 12th was Indigenous People’s Day – a day to honor the rich and wonderful history of Native Americans. Did you know that Native Americans are responsible for creating a system that we use at the National Conflict Resolution Center every day?
Restorative justice is actually rooted in a process that Native Americans have been using for thousands of years. Native Americans have long believed that healing, restoration, and the reintegration of individuals into their community, is more important and has more significant results than punishment. At the National Conflict Resolution Center, we have a robust restorative program that works with youth to help them stay out of the notorious “Pipeline to Prison” system. When a young person has committed a crime, we strongly advocate for involving them in a restorative process to make amends for that crime, instead of the more traditional punitive court-system. We do this by bringing together victims, offenders and their supporters to come up with an action plan that youth can do, to help make the situation right again. Today we honor and thank the Indigenous People in our country – for providing us with such an important process and way of thinking. It has made a difference in the lives of countless individuals who have had a second chance to get back on their feet.
Did you know that October is National Bullying Awareness month?
With many students attending school online, we encourage parents, caregivers, and educators to be on alert for behavior changes and other signs that a child is being bullied. Virtual learning is a whole new world and along with it can come risks such as cyberbullying. Ashley Virtue, Dir. of External Relations, explains how and why cyberbullying is happening and how caregivers can help students.
"Human beings by nature are afraid of other people who are different from them. And what NCRC does is demystify other." - Beth Sirull, Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego
On August 20th, the National Conflict Resolution Center led a thought-provoking conversation on persistent racism in our society with Ibram X. Kendi, Robin DiAngelo and Wesley Lowery with an international audience from 15 countries across 6 continents. Here are some highlights from the virtual event.
All of us at the National Conflict Resolution Center want to thank you for tuning in to our 10 Tips for Successful Conversations in a Heated Political Year.
Mahealani Yoshida, Trainer for NCRC , shares Tip #10 for successful communication strategies in a heated political climate.
Brittany Ochira, Project Manager for NCRC , shares Tip #9 for successful communication strategies in a heated political climate.
Kathryn Shade, Senior Program Manager for NCRC Center for Community Cohesion, shares Tip #8 for successful communication strategies in a heated political climate.
Mikiel Toure, Restorative Practitioner and Trainer at the National Conflict Resolution Center, shares Tip #7 for successful communication strategies in a heated political climate.