Northern Community Mediation (NCM) was one of three Citizen Dispute Resolution Program (CDRP) centers in the state of Michigan that participted in a pilot project relating to Restorative Practices (RP) in schools. This collaborative effort included the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO), Western Michigan University, Boyne City High School and Pellston High School.
Ed Cole served as the RP coordinator at Pellston High School, and Jim Raber as the RP Coordinator in Boyne City High School. Their role was to be proactive by intervening as soon as conflicts that involve students arise. By using facilitative mediation techniques, Ed and Jim helped the students themselves resolve their conflicts. As a result, the schools maintained 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 ran through June 2018. Although the funding for the project is no longer available, Boyne City High School has continued with the program. It is the desire of NCM to locate funding so that a Restorative Practices Coordinator could be hired in other schools. Additionally, NCM is available to any of the schools within the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District service area to facilitate restorative practices training.
Click on the link below for a copy of the evaluation of the project by Western Michigan University.
Restorative Practices Report on School Truancy & Suspensions