Do’s & Don’ts: How Restorative Practices Can Transform Schools

  In the “President’s Blog,” IIRP President John W. Bailie, Ph.D., shares his thoughts on a variety of topics relevant to leadership, social innovation and education. In this piece, Dr. Bailie offers some advice for teachers and administrators implementing restorative practices in schools. A friend of mine took a challenging, and some would say ill-advised, […]

5 Characteristics, Experiences and Outcomes of Secondary Level Students in Special Education

Secondary school youth who receive special education services feel positive about school, but are more likely than their peers to struggle academically, be suspended, and lag behind in taking key steps towards postsecondary education and jobs. Among youth with an Individualized Education Program (IEP), those with autism, deaf-blindness, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, and orthopedic impairments […]

At-Risk, In-Risk or Both?

Children exposed to domestic violence, experiencing homelessness, runaways, pregnant and parenting teens, victims of child abuse and neglect, and youth in and aging out of the foster care system grow up under conditions which expose them to traumatic situations. They all are at-risk for negative outcomes. Children, youth and families are considered in-risk because they already […]

“CASA de Maryland”: Empowering Immigrant Families

In Maryland, family and community engagement in education supports recent immigrants and English language learners through many program initiatives. One of these notable programs is CASA de Maryland, a community-based organization that seeks to improve the life quality in low income immigrant communities of suburban Washington, D.C. An advocate for public education, CASA works to […]