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Education Lab Blog

Education Lab is a project to spark meaningful conversations about education solutions in the Pacific Northwest.

January 24, 2015 at 6:10 PM

Submit a question for video chat on restorative justice

Monae Trevino, second from left, is embraced by a fellow student during a discussion at Big Picture High School in Burien. Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times.

Monae Trevino, second from left, is embraced by a fellow student during a discussion at Big Picture High School in Burien. Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times.

Monae Trevino, a student at Big Picture High School in Burien, has had her fair share of interactions with school authority.

Trevino, 18, has been suspended on more than one occasion at other, more traditional schools. But at Big Picture, where teachers and administrators practice an alternative form of discipline called restorative justice, she has had to meet with peers and educators to talk through her actions and learn how they impact others.

Oftentimes, she says, restorative justice is tougher to handle than suspension.

“You can’t run from anything, and to have people talking good about you, telling you they’re truly disappointed — it hurts. It was kind of overwhelming, actually,” she told reporter Claudia Rowe, who wrote an extensive story about restorative justice for Sunday’s paper.

On Tuesday, Rowe and Trevino will meet in The Seattle Times’ video studio to talk about restorative justice, why it works, and about reader reaction to the Sunday story. Their conversation will be video recorded and posted on the Education Lab blog later in the week.

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