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Black Lives Matter at School

The Conflict Center is happy to announce that our organization supports Black Lives Matter 5280’s “Black Lives Matter At School” week of action and set of demands. The four demands are:

  1. Ending zero-tolerance policies and replacing them with restorative practices
  2. Hiring and mentoring Black educators
  3. Mandating Black history education and ethnic studies for preK-12 classrooms
  4. Funding “counselors not cops”

These demands align with our advocacy, especially highlighting restorative practices and shifting funding priorities as being crucial to our work. For thirty years, The Conflict Center has worked to implement approaches such as restorative practices, which serves as a critical tool for navigating conflict in schools and in the community and as a way to avoid harmful disciplinary policies and practices that have disproportionately impacted Black students and families. The Conflict Center supports these demands and the local chapter, Black Lives Matter 5280, in their efforts to lead in accomplishing these important efforts in schools. We encourage our community and educators to reference further action requested from Black Lives Matter 5280 and to utilize their educational resources to further support Black Lives Matter At School during the week of February 4-8 and beyond.

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When conflict happens in the workplace or people experience inappropriate or difficult behavior at work, relationships are damaged and productivity often suffers.
Workplaces that embrace Restorative Practices have the potential to create a safer, happier and more effective workplace for everyone. Restorative Practices can be used within the workplace both as a preventative measure and to address conflict when it does arise, enabling teams and individuals to work well together.

Restorative Practices can be an effective way to resolve workplace conflict. It involves:
  • bringing together all those affected by conflict
  • providing a safe environment for the expression of perspective
  • allowing participants to come to a shared understanding
  • identifying creative ways to deal with conflict
  • providing opportunities to rebuild damaged relationships and strengthen teams 

Restorative approaches can also be used proactively within the workplace to build strong, positive relationships. Staff meetings, for example, can be focused on building relationships and based around a foundation of mutual respect.
To discuss opportunities to bring this training to your workplace or to customize this training to your organizations needs, please contact Jessica Sherwood at Jessica.Sherwood@conflictcenter.org or call 303.865.5624.