News & Events

Nov 25

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Dignity in Schools-New York is thrilled to release the third installment of our case study series, co-written & edited by Teachers Unite: Building Safe, Supportive and Restorative School Communities in New York City, Vol. III

This case study shares stories from four NYC public schools that are working to move away from punitive discipline and instead creating restorative, just, and inclusive school climates, with or without the support of the Department of Education. The schools profiled each emphasize the need for multi-stakeholder decision-making, creating core values upon which school communities are based, and not shying away from difficult, necessary conversations about race and racism during this shift from punitive to restorative.

Teachers Unite member Nicole Riley, dean at Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School, profiled in the case study, shares the story of her school implementing restorative justice practices over several years. She emphasizes the need for schools to contextualize the this work within a broader struggle to address racism: "Many teachers are unconsciously unaware of their own white privilege and embedded racism. We need to recognize the vast and varied forms of racism that our students face in our society.

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Parents, teachers, and community members discuss action plans for improving school climate at M.S. 22, one of the schools profiled.

Schools and organizations can use the case study to engage teachers and students, parents, administrators, policy-makers, and their elected officials about what it will take to transform schools.

Check out more resources from Teachers Unite here and here. And write to anna [at] teachersunite [dot] net for hard copies of the report!

Nov 17

Join us for a Brooklyn Restorative Justice Schools Meetup!

Featuring a screening of the new short documentary “Circling Justice”

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at Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders
Tuesday, November 17th
4:30 to 6pm
2630 Benson Ave
D to 25th Ave. / N to 86th St. / F to Ave. U

Students, educators, parents, community members—all are welcome!
& There will be pizza.

Please RSVP here.
Questions: email anna [at] teachersunite [dot] net
Flyer attached!

Nov 3

An Open Letter to Every Teacher Who Has Told a Student to Put Away a Cell Phone

Dear U.S. Public School Educators,

In the wake of the #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh, in lunchrooms and teachers' lounges across the country, many educators reacted with shock that any teacher would call security for such a commonplace, modern-day classroom struggle as "Put away your cell phone." They questioned why teachers didn't intervene when their number one role is to protect their students. And they expressed the obvious: that teachers should be supported to grow their practice, including classroom management and de-escalation skills, not call police in instances of everyday adolescent behavior.

Read the whole call to action here

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April 25th: Elementary School Restorative Justice Peer Exchange

What does Restorative Justice look like in elementary school communities? What are the possibilities in elementary schools? Come meet & learn with elementary school educators who are working to transform their schools through restorative justice practices.

Join TU Peer Exchange
Saturday, April 25th
1:30-3:30pm
Location: Neighborhood Preservation Center
232 E 11th Street

Please RSVP here

April 14: Student Safety Act Hearing

Have some thoughts and questions about police arrests, summonses, and scanning in NYC schools?

Join Teachers Unite + Dignity in Schools-NY + the Student Safety Coalition at a

Hearing for the Student Saftey Act
Tuesday, April 14
City Hall, NYC
Begins at 1pm

The Student Safety Act (SSA) requires quarterly reporting by the DOE and NYPD to the City Council on school safety and disciplinary issues, including incidents involving arrests and suspensions of students. Since its enactment in 2011, the SSA has provided policymakers and the public with data to study the impact of disciplinary practices. The enhanced transparency has fueled important conversations and policy changes to keep students in the classroom.

Now, in 2015, amendments are needed to increase data transparency and to ensure the students, parents, advocates, educators and policy makers have a complete picture of New York City’s school discipline practices and their impact on our city’s children. More info in attached PDF!

RSVP: anna@teachersunite.net
Let us know if you’re interested in testifying!


Students, teachers, parents—all are encouraged to attend.

Bronx Restorative Justice Meetup @ Fannie Lou Hamer High School!

Come meet students at Fannie Lou as they present and lead us through their experience in restorative circles in building community and addressing conflict at Fannie Lou. Lets come together to exchange ideas of working to transform our Bronx public schools through restorative justice practices.

Hosted by Fannie Lou Hamer High School
Tuesday, April 28th
4:00 to 6pm
1021 Jennings St., Bronx NY
2 train to Freeman Street
4 / 5 / 6 train to Whitlock Ave

Please RSVP here

Questions email Katie {at} teachersunite {dot} net

All are welcome—school staff, students, parents, community members
& food will be provided!

Restorative Justice in Schools of Ed Conference: May 8th

RESTORATIVE PRACTICES CONFERENCE FOR SCHOOLS OF EDUCATION, K12 SCHOOLS, and COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS


MAY 8, 2015 at Lehman College

Proposals for workshops due by March 27, 2015 to David Fletcher david.fletcher@lehman.cuny.edu

Register for the Conference by April 14, 2015

You are warmly invited to facilitate and participate in a series of panels and workshops to discuss and explore the need for and the benefits to be gained from restorative practices being implemented in K-12 schools, undergraduate and graduate schools of education, and community organizations and government agencies.

Discipline Code Hearing Recap!

Thanks to all who came out to the Discipline Code Hearing on Monday, March 2nd.

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""If the first thing you want to do is suspend a kid for being insubordinate, where's your responsibility as an educator for building a relationship with that student"- Teachers Unite member Jamaal Bowman speaks at the press conference outside the hearing. More photos here.

Students and teachers, parents, and advocates gave powerful testimony about the need for policy change and more supports for schools to build Restorative Justice.

Read testimony here, here, here, and here from NYC educators.

And check out these two stories in the news featuring Teachers Unite members!

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