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Restorative Justice Circles at Home

with Jennifer Viets

How can we use family Talking Circles to deepen our closest relationships with honest and open communication? What would it mean to intentionally create our own family values? What is a restorative conversation, and how can we use them to practice naming as well as repairing harm with everyone in our household? What is the value of a Peace Corner for children and adults, and how can we build one? We'll explore these questions and more using the new resource "Talking Circles At Home and Parenting Restoratively" by longtime Restorative Justice practitioner Jennifer Viets. This event is particularly focused on people who are parenting children.

Jennifer Viets (she/her/hers) is a Restorative Justice practitioner both in community and in Chicago Public Schools. In her role as a Restorative Practices Coach, she works with all members of a school community to build relationships and employ restorative responses to harm. With an emphasis on using the arts to reach, teach, and heal, she has worked as a multi-disciplinary teaching artist and arts administrator for children and families for the past 30 years. Jennifer is also the mother and mother-in-law of four grown people, and a practicing Abolitionist. She is currently leading virtual circles for teachers, parents, and community members.


Talking Circles at Home and Parenting Restoratively Resource

Slide Deck



22 Diverse Book Choices for All Ages (link)

Grounding Techniques (link)

How To Give A Good Apology, Part 1 (link)

How To Give A Good Apology, Part 2 (link)

Living Justice Press (free downloads, books, etc.) (link)

Video on Reentry Circles (link)

Video on Restorative Practices in Schools
— Parent Peace Rooms (link)

Restorative Practices Toolkit (link)

RJ Posters (free downloads) (link)
Social Emotional Learning Diverse Book List for Grades PreK-8 (link)

SEL in Remote Learning (link)

Student Code of Conduct (Chicago) (link)

Student Rights & Responsibilities (Chicago) (link)

The American Academy of Pediatrics most recent scientific report on the negative outcomes of corporal punishment (link)

Latinx Parenting Org (link) & "The Movement to End 'La Chancla,' the Corporal Punishment that Became a Meme" (link)