In October, OSI-Baltimore’s Education and Youth Development program hosted education advocates from the Global Campaign for Education – United States and the UN Special Repporteur, who wanted to learn more about the work OSI has been doing to integrate restorative practices in Baltimore City Schools.
Our guests from GCE-US thoughtfully reflected on the visit, which included visits to several schools and sessions with teachers’ union leaders, the Baltimore City Schools Police Chief, and the co-founder of Holistic Life Foundation, in a recent blog post on its website. It reads, in part:
The approaches highlighted throughout the day illustrate how the community, schools, teachers and families are working to improve the Baltimore public education system. It showed how transformative change requires multiple touch points, to restore relationships between the community and the school police force, by building resilience techniques and restorative practices and strengthening the collective voice of teachers, to name just a few.
In addition to our international education guests, OSI has hosted a delegation of people working at Overdose Prevention Sites (OPS) in Canada and Europe, a group of human rights advocates from Nicaragua, and a contingent from Mexico to learn more about our work.
The OSI-Baltimore office was established more than 20 years ago as a model for other cities in the US, and it has since expanded to be a lab for work being done internationally as well.