I’ve had the privilege of interviewing Kevin Cutler on my Hunter’s Bay Radio Show.
Kevin is a long-time educator, and we talked about Restorative Practice which he now teaches. It’s a wonderful concept I learned about many years ago at my children’s school.
Kevin, tell you about Restorative Practice and what you teach:
Kevin: What we teach is that relationships are the key to learning, productivity and life.
And when harm is done, the purpose of discipline is not to punish, it’s to teach.
We do a lot of work with schools, any organization and families around building
community, having voice, having choice, being fair and engaging people.
We do a lot of teaching around how to facilitate effective circles, effective discussions
and use them for all these things.
Yvonne: And giving everyone a voice and a safe space!
Kevin: Yes. We’ve implemented this in all the schools in the area. And I’ve just
returned from Northern Quebec and the Arctic, where we worked in 14 communities
and their schools—with the Inuit Community. This practice is based on indigenous
customs and traditions. All we’ve done at IIRP (International Institute for Restorative Practices, Canada), is probably add some science and language.
Yvonne: I encourage all of you to learn more at www.canada.iirp.edu
Thank you, Kevin, for all that you do to teach this important concept,
to help build community and create a safe space for everyone!
*From the “Restorative Practices Handbook”, pg. 7
Simply put, restorative means to believe that decisions are best made and conflicts are best resolved by those most directly involved in them. The restorative practices movement seeks to develop good relationships and restore a sense of community in an increasingly disconnected world. These practices have been applied in justice systems, families, workplaces and neighbourhoods, as well as in schools.
2/8/2018 09:37:21 am
Wow!, that is impressive!,
2/8/2018 10:18:49 am
It really is and Kevin is amazing! I am re-reading the book. The skills can be applied in schools, the workplace and in families. Will come in handy with two teenagers!!!
2/9/2018 03:31:35 pm
I JUST love that you are doing this Kevin! It's such a natural progression to your career - I'll never forget how you supported our family by inviting my son to the Power of Change Me to We weekend which changed everything! Can't think of anyone more wise than you to be doing this work!!
2/13/2018 04:42:16 pm
thanks so much Julie. I hear Walker is doing great . Take care
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