Circle Up D.C.

Circle Up D.C.

In Circle Up D.C., SchoolTalk's RestorativeDC initiative discusses opportunities and challenges in implementing restorative justice in D.C. schools and beyond. Local and national experts and practitioners discuss their work and creative application of restorative justice. We also share resources and practical tips for everyone implementing restorative justice in education spaces.


January 31, 2024 29 mins

Featuring: Shana Townes, Senior Project Manager, and Rashid Hughes, Senior Restorative Justice Specialist, SchoolTalk; Ryan Duvall, Restorative Justice Coordinator, and Ana Lucia Mendoza-Gonzalez & Khalil Malloy, Students, Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC)

Students are the most important people in schools. Join us to learn the value of student voice in implementing restorative justice in schools. This episode includes s...

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Featuring: Dr. Carmen White and Dr. Lennie Smith, Dramatic Solutions Inc (SchoolTalk RestorativeDC consultants providing technical assistance and coaching); Jermar Rountree, Center City Public Charter School, Brightwood Campus (2023 DC Teacher of the Year)

Join us to learn some of the many ways that the arts can be integrated with restorative practices to foster a positive school culture and climate, support student and staff leader...

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Featuring: Yazid Jackson, RestorativeDC Director, SchoolTalk; Tone Carter, Social Worker, Sojourner Truth Montessori Public Charter School; Jessica Hiltabidel, Director of Culture, Equity, and Access, Inspired Teaching Demonstration School; Paula Alcazar, SART Specialist and School Behavioral Health Coordinator, Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School

How do restorative practices support community building inside and outs...

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Take a deep dive into the experiences of black male educators as they navigate their roles as teachers, role models, authority figures, and disciplinarians in D.C. schools. Our featured panelists share the value they bring to schools as black educators, while offering a crucial counterpoint that schools often over-rely on black educators for discipline without acknowledging and nurturing these professionals’ gifts, passions, and ca...

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February 24, 2023 32 mins

We are kicking off our podcast series by considering the fabric of restorative justice through the framework of responsibility, accountability, and supporting a shift in the adult mindset in D.C. schools. Yazid and Mama Ivy discuss their restorative justice roots and their philosophy for implementing this work in schools.

Featuring: Yazid Jackson, RestorativeDC Director, SchoolTalk; Dr. Ivy Hylton, President & CEO, You...

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