In 2013, Buffalo Schools changed their Code of Conduct to include Restorative Practices in response to the series of events that led to the tragic death of Jawaan Daniels. This is because they realized that Restorative Practices are a way of a) bringing people together when an individual or a community has been hurt b) improving school community and culture and c) reducing suspensions.
Buffalo Schools even had pilot schools fully implement Restorative Practices, which resulted in drastic improvements in suspensions and school culture. Since this time, however, the program has not been expanded to other schools in the same way. Also, students and parents in the city of Buffalo are unaware of the ability to request Restorative Conferencing instead of the old methods used in schools.
ECRJC seeks to remedy that by educating the students, parents, and community members in Buffalo about the code of conduct.
ECRJC also is offering Restorative Conferencing and Circles beyond schools, to the community as well. So we will be offering information on how to utilize this service as well and how Restorative Practices can be beneficial for more than just addressing offenses.
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