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Ryan Lugalia-Hollon, MUPP, Justice Fellow, Adler School Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice
IPSSJ's Lugalia-Hollon Writes for
Next City on Achieving Peace
in Chicago Schools

Ryan Lugalia-Hollon, MUPP, Justice Fellow, for the Adler School Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice, is a founding board member of the Community Justice for Youth Institute and involved with significant safety and  justice initiatiatives--including expanded restorative justice opportunities and practice.

In this story for Next City, an international non-profit organization and online site dedicated to connecting cities and informing the people who work to improve them, Lugalia-Hollon write about Chicago's Fenger High School, where mob violence and the death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert attracted international attention in 2009.

"Yet since then, the school has undergone a serious transformation," he reports. "Student misconducts have dropped more than 60 percent. The dropout rate has been reduced from 20 percent to 5 percent. And the freshman on-track rates, a main indicator of whether students are poised to graduate in four years, have soared from 40 percent three years ago to 75 percent in 2012." The transformation can be attributed to the school's philosophical and practical embrace of restorative justice approaches to student conflict. 

Click here to read "Learning Peace is Possible in Chicago Schools."

UPDATE 2/28/13: Click here to hear Lugalia-Hollon and Robert Spicer discuss what's taken place at Fenger on WBEZ-FM Chicago's "Afternoon Shift: So long, farewell."

UPDATE 3/6/13: Click here to read a related Adler School blog post, "Restorative Justice at Work: Reducing Violence at Chicago’s Fenger High School."

About the Adler School

The Adler School of Professional Psychology has provided quality education through a scholar/practitioner model for 60 years. Its mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities, and advancing social justice. The Adler School enrolls more than 1,000 students in doctoral and master’s degree programs and offerings at its campuses in Chicago, Illinois, and Vancouver, British Columbia, and through Adler Online.


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