Nonviolent Schools RI
Week of Jan 11, 2021
While we all recognize that 2020 has been a strange and challenging year, Nonviolent Schools RI (NSRI) hasn't skipped a beat! Yes, we've had to go virtual, yet we have been able to continue our work to help schools in Rhode Island become places where all are valued, loved, and included, diversity is acknowledged and respected, and where antiracism and anti-discrimination are the pillars that support every thought and process. We teach a curriculum based on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., known as "Kingian Nonviolence". It is based on two pillars: the 6 Principles are the values and the 6 Steps that are used to address and reconcile conflict. NSRI's mission is to bring this practice to all schools in Rhode Island, with the goals of building community, decreasing emotional and physical violence in schools, and increasing academic success!
Kingian Training at Hennessey Elementary School
While training was put on hold at Hennessey Elementary School in East Providence due to Covid, we are looking forward to continuing this work beginning in March, 2021.
Youth Training at the RI Nurses Institute Charter High School
Our Youth Training program is led by Director of Trainers, Jonathan "Globe" Lewis. 20 high school students at RINI, in Providence, participated in this 40 hour Kingian experience. The goal is to enhance leadership and public speaking skills, while teaching Nonviolent actions to address conflicts.
BIPOC Advisory Board
We have had the honor of working in South Kingstown with the BIPOC Advisory Board. We facilitate meetings to discuss policies, practices, and curriculum, and then give the district advice on how to change them so that they are antiracist and anti-discriminatory. The work began in September and is on-going.