Dispute Resolution Centers exist in counties across Michigan, and they offer conflict mediation training for schools. Ann Arbor counselor Amy McLoughlin recommends it as the first step in exploring a restorative justice program.
The Student Advocacy Center of Michigan offers an extensive list of resources for understanding Michigan’s new school discipline law and tapping into professional development at www.studentadvocacycenter.org/policy/rethink/
The Michigan Department of Education offers an Alternatives to Suspensions and Expulsions Toolkit and more informational resources at www.tinyurl.com/alternativestoolkit.
Edutopia, an education website from the George Lucas Foundation, offers case studies and resources for implementing restorative justice in schools at www.edutopia.org/blog/restorative-justice-resources-matt-davis.
The U-M TRAILS program offers free curricular materials for schools to use in helping students learn strategies for coping with anxiety and depression at www.trailstowellness.org.
And watch for more information about mindfulness practices that address students’ mental and emotional well-being in the February issue of MEA Voice!