CARD 2018 Conference

Restorative Justice: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline

CARD's 9th Annual Conference on Friday, October 12, 2018

1-6 pm, followed by a special performance by actor and educator Anna Deavere Smith at 7 pm
Hudson Hall Auditorium, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY

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Keynote Speaker: Mara Schiff, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, College for Design and Social Inquiry

Featured presentation by:

  • Kelisa Wing, U.S. Department of Defense Teacher of the Year

Following the conference, attendees are invited to a special performance and reception with Anna Deavere Smith in Aquinas Hall Theatre.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Adolescent Research and Development and the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, in partnership with Orange-Ulster BOCES.

For more information, please contact Dr. Frances Spielhagen at

Dr. Mara Schiff

Mara SchiffDr. Mara Schiff is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, President of PeaceWorks Consulting, Inc. and Vice-President of the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ). Dr. Schiff has over 30 years experience in criminal and juvenile justice research, planning, evaluation, training and teaching, focusing on restorative community justice. She has completed two edited and one co-authored book on restorative justice, numerous book chapters as well as academic journal articles in Contemporary Justice Review, Washington University Journal of Law and Policy,Criminal Justice Review and elsewhere. She has received evaluation and training grants from the National Institute of Justice, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and other national and local organizations. Dr. Schiff speaks and trains nationally and internationally on restorative justice, focusing specifically on restorative justice in schools, communities and the intersection of racial equity and restorative justice. She works locally and nationally with school districts implementing restorative strategies to shift disciplinary policy, climate and culture, and has trained teachers, administrators, staff and school resource officers in restorative justice strategies. She has served as a consultant to the National Center of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) School-Justice Partnership Project, the Federal Department of Education’s Rethinking Discipline initiative and other initiatives. Speaking invitations have included policy and academic events such as Closing the School Discipline Gap in Washington DC, the New York State Permanent Commission on Justice for Children’s School-Justice Partnership Summit in New York City, the National Leadership Summit on School Justice Partnership in Washington, DC, the First and Second International Symposiums on Restorative Justice held in Skopelos, Greece, First International Conference on Child Justice and Children’s Rights, Pretoria, South Africa, and regional meetings of the Department of Education’s Rethinking Discipline initiative. Dr. Schiff served as an NACRJ board member from 2013-2017, prior to being elected as Vice-President in 2017, and she is slated to become President in 2019. She served as the conference host and lead organizer for the 5th National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2015 and serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Restorative Justice Association. She is currently a candidate for the School Board of Indian River County Florida.

Kelisa Wing

Kelisa WingKelisa Wing is a Professional Development Specialist with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) in Alexandria, VA. She is the 2017 DoDEA State Teacher of the Year, the 2017 UMUC Outstanding Alumnae of the Year, and a 2016 Association of Supervision, Curriculum, and Development (ASCD) Emerging Leader. She created a non-profit organization called #Squad Up for Education, Inc., to empower parents, students, and educators to commit to become partners in education. The goal is to never allow any child to fail by setting goals, developing a road map for future success, and working with the community to realize students' dreams. She believes that ALL students have the capacity to learn as long as we believe in their ability. She is the author of Weeds & Seeds: How To Stay Positive in the Midst of Life's Storms and Promises and Possibilities: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline. Kelisa holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from The University of Maryland University College, a Master of Arts in Secondary Education, and an Educational Specialist degree with a concentration in Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. She is currently enrolled at Walden University in the Doctor of Education program.

Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere SmithPlaywright, actor, and educator Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to explore issues of community, character, and diversity in America. The MacArthur Foundation honored Smith with the “Genius” Fellowship for creating “a new form of theatre — a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie.” Smith’s Notes from the Field, winner of an Obie Award and the 2017 Nortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show, looks at the School-to-Prison Pipeline and injustice and inequality in low-income communities.