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Restorative Practices

Educators across the country are replacing punitive discipline with a restorative approach, resulting in fewer suspensions and expulsions. Learn how educators make these practices successful in their classrooms and schools.

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  • Making Restorative Justice Work

    In a recent book, a high school principal explains how he implemented a time- and cost-effective process to improve equity in discipline.
    Zachary Scott Robbins
  • Photo of 4-year old and Twiggle the Turtle hand puppet

    No Strings Attached: Supporting Social and Emotional Learning With Puppets

    Puppets help early childhood teachers encourage deeper relationships and bolster their learners’ confidence and communication skills.
  • Steps for Collective Well-Being in the New School Year

    Teachers can rebuild connections and create an educational environment in which they support students and each other.
  • Weekly Circles for Students and Faculty

    See what happens when students and faculty participate in regular meetings to build trust and promote deeper learning.
  • photo of a teacher and student having a hallway discussion

    Why Restorative Practices Benefit All Students

    Punitive discipline can be harmful and unfair—restorative practices offer hopeful solutions.
  • Restorative Circles: Creating a Safe Environment for Students to Reflect

    An Alternative to In-School Suspension

    In lieu of a more punitive approach, students use restorative practices to resolve conflicts and reflect on their behaviors.
  • In the multipurpose room, a large group of middle school students fill one side of the bleachers, some clapping.

    Restorative Justice: Resources for Schools

    Explore resources and case studies that demonstrate how to bring restorative justice to your school or classroom.
  • Justice Committee: Using Restorative Practices to Resolve Conflicts

    Justice Committee: Using Restorative Practices to Resolve Conflicts

    Students at Pittsfield Middle High School are trained to mediate conflicts between their fellow students—and between students and teachers.
  • Students sit in a circle to mediate a difference as a teacher looks on.

    Suspensions Don’t Teach

    Restorative practices—an alternative to punitive justice—keep kids in school, where they can learn how their behavior affects others.
  • Elementary students working out a problem in a restorative circle

    Building Community With Restorative Circles

    A technique for proactively building the skills and relationships students will need when challenges arise.
  • High school teacher talks to a student in the hallway. Both are smiling.

    How Restorative Justice Helps Students Learn

    Restorative justice allows everyone affected by a harm to return to a calm state that is optimal for learning.
  • A group of students talking in a restorative circle

    A Proactive Approach to Discipline

    Restorative discipline seeks to create an environment in which problem behavior is less likely to occur.
  • Teacher reads book to students sitting on the floor of their classroom

    Connecting SEL and Equity in Hybrid Learning Classrooms

    Common social and emotional learning strategies also promote equity, contributing to all students’ feeling of belonging in school.
  • 8 Tips for Schools Interested in Restorative Justice

    Restorative justice promotes a positive, orderly school environment. Students and all members of the school community can learn and practice self-discipline, empathy, and accountability.
  • An adult male in a white button up shirt, tie, and black pants is sitting between two young boys in chairs against the wall of an administrative office. He's talking to one of them, while the other boy has his hands over his ears.

    What the Heck Is Restorative Justice?

    With the right training and support, restorative justice can prove more effective than traditional discipline measures in building a stronger school community.

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