Restorative justice—it feels like a buzzword, but it’s a concept that is radical in its simplicity and power. Restorative practices are based on the idea that while the harm caused by negative behavior can’t be erased, it can be healed and reconciled.
Gerald Donaldson is the family support worker at Leschi Elementary. Recently I had a chance to sit down and conduct a three-part interview with him about the wide-ranging work he’s been able to do at Leschi and throughout the Seattle school system. In this first part of our interview, I asked him to talk about supporting families and implementing restorative practices with students.
The Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality recently released a study looking at how the misperception of Black girls’ age can change how they are treated. Among other effects, they found the “adultification” of young Black girls can lead to less support in school, harsher discipline for infractions, and increased interactions with law enforcement.
I’ve been thinking about the intersection of science and equity lately, especially as we look to technology to solve more and more of our problems. One thing we can work on is making sure that we view science and tech as a field where people of all backgrounds and skin colors belong and can excel. Here are few fun non-fiction books that highlight diversity in STEM.
Kids & Race Director Jasen Frelot was recently featured on Religica’s Seeking Wisdom series! Watch Jasen discuss childhood, how children “lose their play”, and bridging differences.
In high-poverty areas, a lack of resources can make accessing sports very difficult. While coaching children’s sports can be very rewarding, it’s also a large time commitment. In communities where parents are struggling to make rent every month, volunteering to coach soccer or little league might not be feasible.
Mutanda Kwesele hopes to change all that. As the founder and director of non-profit The Rising Point, Kwesele aims to bring high-quality soccer coaching to marginalized communities.