42 episodes

Conversations and storytelling with Restorative Justice Practitioners, Circle Keepers, and others about how they bring Restorative Justice philosophy, practices, and values into their personal and professional lives. Hosted by Amplify RJ founder David Ryan Barcega Castro-Harris. Produced by Elyse Martin-Smith.

This Restorative Justice Life David Ryan Castro-Harris

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Conversations and storytelling with Restorative Justice Practitioners, Circle Keepers, and others about how they bring Restorative Justice philosophy, practices, and values into their personal and professional lives. Hosted by Amplify RJ founder David Ryan Barcega Castro-Harris. Produced by Elyse Martin-Smith.

    40. The Power Of Vulnerability w/ Carlos J. Malave

    40. The Power Of Vulnerability w/ Carlos J. Malave

    Carlos J. Malave, the author of Translating Your Success, has developed the Restorative Power Program after years of being an educator in the classroom (Inwood Academy for Leadership, YES Prep & KIPP Houston High School) and a mentor for troubled youths. As a child, Carlos was a success at sports but lagged behind his siblings in academics. After reflecting on his circumstances, Carlos realized that he could succeed in school by applying the same principles that made him a good athlete to being a good student. He translated his success from one area of his life to another and now he is here to help all of the kids who may find themselves in the same situation.
    Trigger warning: mention of addiction and suicide at (13:36) to (21:57).
    You will meet Carlos (0:55) and embark on a conversation about finding who you are when teaching (8:19). Carlos explores restorative justice in tragedy and setting boundaries (15:38). He opens the conversation about restorative justice (32:54) and shares a mess up moment (40:27). He discusses which relationships to maintain (47:00), colorism in restorative justice (51:12), and redefining discipline (57:24). Finally he talks about vulnerability in men (1:12:37).
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    Contact, Learn More, Support Carlos:
    Website: https://cjmotivation.com/ 
    Check out his book, Translating Your Success!
    Watch clips of the podcast: http://youtube.com/c/amplifyrj
    See all our workshops and courses at http://amplifyrj.com/learn
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    Reading list: http://amplifyrj.com/reading-list

    • 1 hr 23 min
    39. Learning Restorative, Decolonized, & Abolitionist Ways of Being w/ the Amplify RJ Community

    39. Learning Restorative, Decolonized, & Abolitionist Ways of Being w/ the Amplify RJ Community

    FULL episode with SEVEN guests today!

    Tune in to learn about ALL the exciting things happening in the Amplify RJ community this summer, specifically for educators! Demointé Wesley (2:25) from episode 19 & Helen Thomas (12:42)  from episode 4  return to share about Abolition & Decolonization in the classroom. New workshop facilitator Felina Rodriguez (25:02) shares her journey to reclaiming her Xicanx identity and how it's helped her in the classroom.

    Our wonderful community members, Abigail (39:58), Erica (49:13), Denmark (1:02:01), & Christine (1:08:11), share how being a part of the ARJ community and the learning through our intensive workshops have shaped their journeys as educators and humans!

    Check out all our learning opportunities:
    RJ Intensive (starting June 21st), "Foundations of RJ", and other online courses: http://tiny.cc/ARJonline
    We're constantly partnering with folx to share Intro to RJ workshops find the latest at http://tiny.cc/ARJevents

    July 6-8: Practicing Abolition in the Classroom: http://tiny.cc/PAIYCsummer
    July 12-15: Decolonize & Indigenize Your Classroom: http://tiny.cc/DYCsummer
    July 19-22: Xicanx Identity in the Classroom: http://tiny.cc/XICANXsummer

    Join our Future Ancestor Collective (Community Gatherings): http://tiny.cc/ARJcommunity
    including Imagining Abolition in Youth Centered Spaces: http:tiny.cc/imagineabolition
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    You can connect with Amplify RJ:
    Email list: http://tiny.cc/ARJemail
    Instagram: http://instagram.com/amplify.rj
    LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/restorative-justice
    Facebook: http://facebook.com/amplifyrj
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/amplifyrj
    Website: http://amplifyrj.com
    Reading list: http://amplifyrj.com/reading-list

    • 1 hr 20 min
    38. Relationships First in Restorative Justice Education w/ Dorothy Vaandering

    38. Relationships First in Restorative Justice Education w/ Dorothy Vaandering

    Dr. Dorothy Vaandering has been an educator for 20 years. She works to connect theory and practice in her current role as researcher and teacher-educator designing and implementing innovative, transformative professional development approaches built on the principles and practices of restorative justice. Most recently she is challenged by the realities of colonization past and present, and working to understand reconciliation as a settler-Canadian. 
    You will meet Dorothy (0:55) and hear a conversation about indigenous roots (5:17). She explains how she got started (15:03) and what justice is/the importance of implementation (25:25). She discusses transformative and restorative justice (42:01) and the role of white people in restorative justice(1:03:12). Finally she answers closing questions (1:12:46) and Elyse offers reflections (1:22:48).
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    Check out Dorothy’s work:
    Website: https://www.relationshipsfirstnl.com/ 
    Implementation Guide:
    Presentation on Radical Love or Recolonization https://youtu.be/f7FaThGvFoo
    Conversation with Skye Bowen, Kathy Evans, Sheryl Wilson on Interrogating Whiteness https://youtu.be/wtqYevWy4G8 
    Get your copy of:
    “The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education”
    And “Changing Lenses” 
    Watch clips of the podcast: http://youtube.com/c/amplifyrj
    See all our workshops and courses at http://amplifyrj.com/learn
    Future Ancestor Collective (Community Gatherings): http://tiny.cc/ARJcommunity
    Rep Amplify RJ Gear at http://amplifyrj.threadless.com 
    You can connect with Amplify RJ:
    Email list: http://tiny.cc/ARJemail
    Instagram: http://instagram.com/amplify.rj
    Facebook: http://facebook.com/amplifyrj
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/amplifyrj
    Website: http://amplifyrj.com
    Reading list: http://amplifyrj.com/reading-list

    • 1 hr 24 min
    37. Restorative Schools without Curriculum w/ Stephanie Sarantos

    37. Restorative Schools without Curriculum w/ Stephanie Sarantos

    Stephanie Sarantos, RN, PhD (she/they) lives on Coast Salish, Ssduhubr land, now called Bothell (north of Seattle Washington). Stephanie is a founder and current staff member at The Clearwater School, a radical educational community where students direct their own education, share equal rights with adults and have a voice in all decisions influencing their daily lives. She is also a partner with Snohomish County Mutual Aid and a cochair of Anti-racist Communities Bothell. Stephanie’s work in restorative justice is informed through her experience as a staff member at Clearwater, a dancer, an oncology and hospice nurse, a mother, a circle practitioner, and friend of Cuba. She is committed to fighting racism and oppression. She is a strong believer in multiple ways of knowing and learning. Stephanie believes in changing the world through daily practice and action—most often in many small steps.
    You will meet Stepanie (0:55), hear how she got started in this work (10:41) and how she got started in abolition and her involvement with the Clearwater school (19:42). She discusses the difficulties of coming back into the social world during the pandemic (27:08) and the values practiced in the Clearwater school (34:26). She imagines abolition in youth spaces with Amplify RJ (45:32) and shares anecdotes about different types of schools (56:56). Finally, she discusses race in these spaces (1:10:14) and answers closing questions (1:18:52).
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    Learn more about Stephanie's work at:
    Instagram: @sdsarantos & @theclearwaterschool
    The Clearwater School: www.clearwaterschool.com
    The Circle Works:  https://thecircleworks.com/about/
    Connect with the Imagining Abolition Community: http://tiny.cc/imagineabolition 
    See all our workshops and courses at http://amplifyrj.com/learn
    Future Ancestor Collective (Community Gatherings): http://tiny.cc/ARJcommunity
    Rep Amplify RJ Gear at http://amplifyrj.threadless.com 


    You can connect with Amplify RJ:
    Email list: http://tiny.cc/ARJemail
    Instagram: http://instagram.com/amplify.rj
    Facebook: http://facebook.com/amplifyrj
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/amplifyrj
    Website: http://amplifyrj.com

    • 1 hr 32 min
    36. A Culture of Care in Education Spaces w/ Tom Cavanagh

    36. A Culture of Care in Education Spaces w/ Tom Cavanagh

    Tom has been involved in research and professional development focused on creating a Culture of Care in schools based on restorative justice principles and practices, as well as culturally appropriate interactions and relationships, for over 20 years. He is privileged to work with scholars and practitioners throughout the world. As Program Director of RJEd, Tom oversees research and professional development to advance the efficacy and success of Restorative Justice Education. Along with operations, Tom creates online and face-to-face training curriculum and facilitates professional development training. Tom enjoys his work with Restorative Justice Education, as well as his role as a professor at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, and at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. 
    You will meet Tom Cavanagh (0:54), hear a quick check-in (5:36) and how he got started in this work (9:11). He speaks about his restorative justice research (20:05), proportionality (22:11) and a culture of care (28:45). He envisions liberation (42:08), his organization (50:53) and a slip up moment (55:14). Finally, Tom answers his closing questions (1:01:49).
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    Daybreak report: https://www.msd.govt.nz/documents/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/archive/1988-puaoteatatu.pdf 
    Principles of Kaupapa Māori:
    http://www.rangahau.co.nz/research-idea/27/ 
    Contact, Learn More, Support Tom:
    Website: https://www.restorativejustice.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/rjed/
    Social: https://www.instagram.com/restorativejusticeeducation/ 
    See all our workshops and courses at http://amplifyrj.com/learn
    Future Ancestor Collective (Community Gatherings): http://tiny.cc/ARJcommunity
    Rep Amplify RJ Gear at http://amplifyrj.threadless.com 
    Watch clips of the podcast: http://youtube.com/c/amplifyrj 
    You can connect with Amplify RJ:
    Email list: http://tiny.cc/ARJemail
    Instagram: http://instagram.com/amplify.rj
    Youtube: http://youtube.com/c/amplifyrj   
    Facebook: http://facebook.com/amplifyrj
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/amplifyrj
    Patreon: http://patreon.com/amplifyrj
    Website: http://amplifyrj.com

    • 1 hr 15 min
    35. Restorative Justice and School Leadership w/ Ashley Lipscomb

    35. Restorative Justice and School Leadership w/ Ashley Lipscomb

    Huge thank you to Ashley Lipscomb, CEO of the institute for anti-racist education!
    You will meet Ashley Lipscomb and David (1:40), you will be introduced to their work (4:53). You will hear David’s definition of RJ (9:13) and hear about RJ and care in schools (22:52). You will get an exclusive history of David and Amplify RJ (35:10) and will hear about upcoming workshops and initiatives for both Ashley and David (45:08).


    Ashley and the Institute for Anti-Racist Education:
    https://www.antiracisted.org/ 
    See all our workshops and courses at http://amplifyrj.com/learn
    Join the Future Ancestor Collective: http://tiny.cc/ARJcommunity
    Rep Amplify RJ Gear at http://amplifyrj.threadless.com 
    You can connect with Amplify RJ:
    Email list: http://tiny.cc/ARJemail
    Instagram: http://instagram.com/amplify.rj
    Youtube: http://youtube.com/c/amplifyrj   
    Facebook: http://facebook.com/amplifyrj
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/amplifyrj
    Patreon: http://patreon.com/amplifyrj
    Website: http://amplifyrj.com
    Reading list: http://amplifyrj.com/reading-list

    • 53 min

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24 Ratings

heathery117 ,

A Dive into Restorative Practices

This Restorative Justice Life brings stories of practitioners who talk about the many ways that restorative practices can look and take root in our lives. David and his guests make the sometimes abstract and big ideas and make them concrete. I tend to have more questions than answers at the end of each episode, but can feel myself growing with every episode. It is a life changing podcast!

Alex from the East Coast ,

Depth and Diversity

This Restorative Justice Life provides you with in-depth conversation with a range of people involved in the practice. More and more, we see the need for this approach to justice—to heal instead of punish, to repair instead of break. I’m not a practitioner, but even I find lots of value (and so much knowledge) from the various guests of this podcast.

This is totally worth subscribing to and sharing with friends. I recommend starting with the episode, “Stumbling into Restorative Justice w/Cheryl Graves,” which is a great intro to the subject with one of “the grandmothers of Chicago’s restorative justice movement.”

S to the third power ,

Stumbling into RJ

I love listening to Cheryl tell her stories. I have learned so much more about her.

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