Northern Community Mediation (NCM) is one of three Citizen Dispute Resolution Program (CDRP) centers in the state of Michigan that is participating in a pilot project relating to Restorative Practices (RP) in schools. This collaborative effort includes the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO), Western Michigan University, Boyne City High School and Pellston High School.
Ed Cole serves as the RP coordinator at Pellston High School, and Jim Raber is the RP Coordinator in Boyne City High School. Their role is to be proactive by intervening as soon as conflicts that involve students arise. By using facilitative mediation techniques, Ed and Jim help the students themselves resolve their conflicts. As a result, the school maintains a less punitive approach to discipline and more of a positive problem solving atmosphere.
NCM began participating in this pilot project in January 2017. The grant runs through June 2018. Preliminary results indicate that everyone is benefiting from having a RP coordinator in the school.