Safe Schools For All

Chuck Saufler recommends the following resources:
Resource Recommendations
Youth Voice Project Youth Voice Project: Student Insights into Bullying and Peer Mistreatment

Available November 7, 2013
In this eagerly anticipated book, authors Stan Davis and Charisse L. Nixon add youth voices to the national debate about bullying and peer mistreatment. Provided in these pages is a detailed analysis of findings from their survey of over 13,000 students across 31 schools in the United States—plus suggestions for meaningful change based on students’ responses.
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Publication Date: January 10, 2008
A groundbreaking and fascinating investigation into the transformative effects of exercise on the brain, from the bestselling author and renowned psychiatrist John J. Ratey, MD.
Teaching with the Brain

Publication Date: January 2005
In easy to understand, engaging language, Jensen provides a basic orientation to the brain and its various systems and explains how they affect learning. After discussing what parents and educators can do to get children's brains in good shape for school, Jensen goes on to explore topics such as motivation, critical thinking skills, environmental factors, the "social brain," emotions, and memory and recall.
The Power of Mindful Learning

Publication Date: March 17, 1998
In The Power of Mindful Learning, Ellen Langer uses her innovative theory of mindulness, introduced in her influential earlier book, to dramatically enhance the way we learn.In business, sports, laboratories, or at home, our learning is hobbled by certain antiquated and pervasive misconceptions. In this pithy, liberating, and delightful book she gives us a fresh, new view of learning in the broadest sense.
The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being

Publication Date: April 1, 2007
A new framework for maintaining mental health and well-being. From the author of the internationally-acclaimed best-selling text The Developing Mind, and esteemed leader and educator in the field of mental health, comes the first book ever to integrate neuroscience research with the ancient art of mindfulness.
Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

Publication Date: December 28, 2010
This groundbreaking book, from one of the global innovators in the integration of brain science with psychotherapy, offers an extraordinary guide to the practice of “mindsight,” the potent skill that is the basis for both emotional and social intelligence.
The MindUP Curriculum: Grades PreK-2: Brain-Focused Strategies for Learning-and Living

Age Level: 4 and up | Grade Level: P and up

This research-based curriculum features 15 lessons that use the latest information about the brain to dramatically improve behavior and learning for all students
The MindUP Curriculum: Grades 3-5: Brain-Focused Strategies for Learning-and Living

Age Level: 8 and up | Grade Level: 3 and up

This research-based curriculum features 15 lessons that use the latest information about the brain to dramatically improve behavior and learning for all students
The MindUP Curriculum: Grades 6-8: Brain-Focused Strategies for Learning-and Living

Age Level: 11 and up | Grade Level: 6 and up

This research-based curriculum features 15 lessons that use the latest information about the brain to dramatically improve behavior and learning for all students
Schools Where Everyone Belongs: Practical Strategies for Reducing Bullying

Publication Date: January 1, 2005 | Paperback Edition: 2
Schools Where Everyone Belongs outlines research on effective bullying prevention interventions and presents specific practices and skills that help schools implement that research.
Empowering Bystanders in Bullying Prevention

Publication Date: July 1, 2007 | Paperback with DVD
Grades K-8. Provides a research-based, practical approach for empowering student bystanders. The book offers a wide range of realistic, safe, and effective options that bystanders can use when responding to bullying. Bystanders are encouraged to tell an adult and provide support for students who are bullied. The book also stresses the important role of school staff in responding to bystander reports and consistently following an established anti-bullying policy.
Bullying and the Brain: Using Cognitive and Emotional Intelligence to Help Kids Cope

Publication Date: March 22, 2006
Numerous books have been written about bullying, but most of them only deal with external interventions_those that suggest teaching students more appropriate social skills. Here, Gary Plaford examines internal interventions; external interventions; monitoring and controlling bullying behaviors; issues related to students-the bullies, victims, and bystanders; the latest research on the brain and emotional intelligence; managing emotional triggers; building connections; and creating an outward focus.
Safer Saner Schools: Restorative Practices in Education

Publication Date: 2008
This collection of articles from the Restorative Practices eForum - the IIRP's internet publication with thousands of subscribers around the world - conveys the power of restorative practices to transform schools into positive, vibrant communities while dramatically reducing discipline referrals, detentions and suspensions. The articles include accounts of personal experiences, implementation and research in schools from the United States and Canada to the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and Asia.
The Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools: Teaching Responsibility; Creating Caring Climates (The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding Series)

Publication Date: December 31, 1969
Stutzman and Amstutz offer applications and models. Among them are class meetings for 5th graders; reintegration of 7th- and 8th- graders who were suspended; circle processes, which offer space for all voices to be heard, and also quiet tensions that are building; and community conferencing when trouble shapes up between students and neighbors. "Discipline that restores is a process to make things as right as possible." This Little Book shows how to get there.
Just Schools: A Whole School Approach to Restorative Justice

Publication Date: November 15, 2003
From a teaching background herself, Belinda Hopkins is at the forefront of the development of restorative justice in the UK, and in this practical handbook she presents a whole school approach to repairing harm using a variety of means including peer mediation, healing circles and conference circles. She provides clear, practical guidance for group sessions and examines issues and ideas relating to practical skill development for facilitators.
The Restorative Practices Handbook: For Teachers, Disciplinarians and Administrators

Hardcover Publication Date: 2009
The Restorative Practices Handbook is a practical guide for educators interested in implementing restorative practices, an approach that proactively builds positive school communities while dramatically reducing discipline referrals, suspensions and expulsions. The handbook discusses the spectrum of restorative techniques, offers implementation guidelines, explains how and why the processes work, and relates real-world stories of restorative practices in action. Contents: Introduction New Thinking, New Practice, New Result;
Beyond Zero Tolerance: Restorative Practices in Schools

Format DVD: BEYOND ZERO TOLERANCE is a 25-minute video that documents the implementation of restorative practices in several schools in the U.S.A., the Netherlands, and Hull, England. The camera captures circles, conferences and one-on-one meetings in progress. Students, teachers and administrators speak candidly about the effects of restorative practices in their school. The viewer is transported to bustling school hallways and classrooms and feels an unmistakable sense of lively and cheerful community. This vibrant and engrossing video is a powerful testament to the benefits of restorative practices in an educational setting.
The Little Book of Restorative Justice (The Little Books of Justice & Peacebuilding)

Publication Date: December 31, 2002
"How should we as a society respond to wrongdoing? When a crime occurs or an injustice is done, what needs to happen? What does justice require? "Victims, offenders, and community members often feel that justice does not adequately meet their needs. Justice professionals frequently express frustration as well. "Restorative justice is a process to involve, to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific offense and to collectively identify and address harms, needs, and obligations, in order to heal and put things as right as possible." — from The Little Book of Restorative Justice
Touching Spirit Bear

Publication Date: January 4, 2005
Cole Matthews has been fighting, stealing, and raising hell for years. So his punishment for beating Peter Driscal senseless is harsh. Given a choice between prison and Native American Circle Justice, Cole chooses Circle Justice: He'll spend one year in complete isolation on a remote Alaskan island. In the first days of his banishment, Cole is mauled by a mysterious white bear and nearly dies. Now there's no one left to save Cole, but Cole himself.
Touching Spirit Bear [Kindle Edition]

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