Nicholas Bradford: I have been a life-long student of conflict and education. I started my journey interested in education, specifically democratic, experiential and progressive education. Through happenstance I took the long road to education. I had the opportunity to facilitate ropes courses, work in a half-way house for young men returning from prison, and wilderness education. I was diverted away from the traditional classroom and in Vermont I found my way toward Restorative Justice. This has been a galvanizing force in my life. After two years in Vermont I moved back to Washington. Finding little Restorative Justice in the greater Seattle area, I plugged into the Dispute Resolution Centers. I have become a Mentor Mediator and have blended that experience into my RJ facilitation. I received my Masters Degree in Education Policy from the University of Washington in 2012. My studies spanned many of the policy problems of discipline from school resource officers, zero-tolerance, the school-to-prison pipeline, and disproportionality in discipline.
This work was often examined through a restorative lens. My passion is in alternative discipline models for Juvenile Justice, Schools, Colleges, and Youth Development Agencies.
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