Project on Restorative Justice

Pre-Conference: Restorative Justice for K-12 Student Misconduct

September 19, 2013
9:00am to 4:00pm

Registration Fee: $175
(includes lunch and Capital Region RJ Conference 9/20/13)


All parking lots on the Skidmore College campus are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. All of the RJ events will be held in the Murray Aikins Dining Hall, 2nd Floor (#24 on the map linked below). The closest parking is in the Tower Lot (next to #24), but spaces are limited. Next best are the Palamountain (near #27) and West lots (near #42).            

Campus Map


Learn what to do when bullying prevention has failed
Learn how to use Restorative Justice Conferencing for collaborative responses to bullying and other policy violations

Question: When you mess up at home… what happens?
Answer: Your parents “ground” you. You have to stay home.  The idea is to reconnect you to the family and reaffirm your relationship and responsibilities.

Question: When you mess up at school… what happens?
Answer:  You get suspended. You are not allowed to attend classes for a few days. You get kicked off your sports team. You can’t go to the prom. Basically, you are distanced from the school and your connection is “suspended.”

Can’t we discipline students without distancing them? Yes there is a way: Restorative Justice Conferencing.

Join us on the Skidmore campus to learn how to:

Trainer: Duke Fisher

Duke Fisher has been a trainer of conflict resolution 1988. Duke is a straight-talking, tireless advocate for respectful collaborative conflict resolution, and gets his point across through the use of wisecracks, good films and experiential exercises known to encourage groups to have fun, take risks and learn from each other. In 1999, he founded Learning Laboratories, an independent training venture that finds creative ways to address difficult topics, including workshops on restorative justice, family conflict resolution, responding to discrimination, and building collaborative teams to assemble care for a differently-abled child. He has brought powerful workshops to schools, universities, conferences, prisons, agencies, and to graduate students at Hofstra Law School, where Duke was until recently a Special Professor of Law. Duke is the 2007 “Lawrence P. Cooke Peace Innovator Award” recipient recognized for his never ending search for creative methods to support effective learning. He has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Learning Laboratories
2618 State Highway 7
Bainbridge, New York