See and Be Seen

Dionne Grayman, a staff developer for Morningside Center, helps bring restorative practices and racial equity to NYC public schools - and writes about it on her blog, See and Be Seen. 

October 21, 2018
I usually saw Shaun during one of his many hall laps, when he would literally pass the door to the Restorative Practices room about half a dozen times in a given period during the school day.…
September 20, 2018
  Much of my work as an educator has centered around creating safe spaces for young people to discover who they are, uncover who they might like to be, and recover from being in the small, narrow,…
November 30, 2017
The principal was greeting students on the steps of the school when I arrived.  His normally cheerful demeanor was slightly subdued as he told me about the two major incidents that had happened the…
October 24, 2017
  The class had already earned a reputation for being one of the more difficult ones in a school that considers itself the last stop for young people who have spent the majority of their student…
September 28, 2017
Edward was a part of a cohort of teachers in a middle school that was participating in a unique project to develop a whole-school model for restorative practices.   He appeared a bit skeptical during…
January 20, 2017
It is Thursday, January 19th, 2017, and I am sitting in a large, warm, aesthetically comforting office at a school that I have been sitting in every school day since Tuesday. On Monday, the same day…
November 28, 2016
Morningside Center staff developer Dionne Grayman was asked by her daughter's school to facilitate a post-election circle for parents and staff. Many who came were upset about the election. Here's…
November 5, 2016
Dionne Grayman, a Morningside Center staff developer, shares a brief moment in an NYC classroom where she is introducing community-building circles through our Restore 360 Program. One first step for…