In this episode, we talk with two leaders in the restorative justice field: Terrence Pruitt and Rev. Dr. Robert Spicer. Both Pruitt and Spicer have done extensive work with organizations and school systems across the U.S., including Noble Schools, to help them integrate restorative practices into their spaces.
Pruitt and Spicer recently presented at a professional development session for our Culture teams in March. In this episode, they not only talk about what they presented to our teams but delve further into what it means to bring restorative justice into our schools.
They touch on topics from how to incorporate restorative practices like circles and mediations in school spaces to the school-to-prison pipeline.
Learn more about Dr. Spicer and Pruitt’s organizations:
Rev. Dr. Robert Spicer, CEO & Founder of Restorative Strategies
Dr. Robert Spicer Sr. is the CEO, National Trainer, and Speaker of Restorative Justice with Restorative Strategies, LLC. His former role was the Culture and Climate Specialist at Christian Fenger High School in Chicago, IL, from July 2009 to July 2014. Dr. Spicer’s work in education started as a 3rd-grade teacher at Sojourner Truth Elementary School from 1995-2003.
Dr. Spicer is a widely sought-after speaker on restorative practices and their implementation in schools. He was a featured speaker on the Education Week Webinar — “Rethinking Discipline” — and a featured speaker on CNN talking about the gun violence in Chicago. Dr. Spicer’s work in restorative justice has been featured on National Public Radio, The Huffington Post, and the Associated Press. He was asked to speak at the White House in 2015 as a guest of the Department of Education and the Department of Justice as a part of a new initiative called Rethinking Discipline. He currently consults with school districts, law enforcement agencies, and community-based organizations all across the United States.
Terrence Pruitt, CEO & Co-Founder of Project Restore Initiative