Restorative Practices

“An emerging social science that studies how to strengthen relationships between individuals as well as social connections within communities. The purpose of restorative practices is to build healthy communities, increase social capital, decrease crime and antisocial behavior, repair harm and restore relationships.” (Reference: International Institute of Restorative Practices)


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Districts in Action – Promote SEL for Students

This brief spotlights SEL leaders in California, Virginia, and Texas as they share their stories about how their approach to promoting SEL for students took shape and integrated with stakeholder needs related to inclusion, discipline, and tiered supports.


TAGS restorative practices MTSS family and community engagement

Peer Conferencing Class Teaches How to Resolve Conflict

This article from the Chicago Public Schools blog describes a high school course where students learn to resolve conflict through restorative practices and provide an additional option for responding to disciplinary incidents.

SOURCE: Chicago Public Schools

TAGS alternatives to suspension student leadership restorative practices student discipline

Teaching Restorative Practices with Classroom Circles

San Francisco's guide focused on the use of Circles as a proactive measure to build trust and community in a classroom. Includes sample activities and lesson plans for introducing students to restorative practices.

SOURCE: San Francisco Unified School District

TAGS teacher tool toolkit reading lists - staff culturally responsive teacher training restorative practices advisory/homeroom instructional practices classroom level culture and climate building community professional learning youth voice

A Restorative Approach to Discipline (video)

From Chicago Public Schools' Office of Social and Emotional Learning, this video illustrates how restorative disciplinary practices have transformed school climate and relationships in 3 schools.

SOURCE: Chicago Public Schools

TAGS alternatives to suspension restorative practices student discipline

Chicago Student Code of Conduct (video)

This short video helps students and their families understand Chicago's student code of conduct and highlights the district's SEL-infused approach to student discipline.

SOURCE: Chicago Public Schools

TAGS alternatives to suspension restorative practices student discipline

Chicago Public Schools Restorative Practices Guide and Toolkit

A comprehensive mini-book that includes activities, lesson plans, and printable templates and tools to implement restorative practices, intended to be used along with other coaching and training.

SOURCE: Chicago Public Schools

TAGS alternatives to suspension toolkit restorative practices student discipline

Calming Areas Overview and Ideas

A Calming Area is a quiet area of the room equipped with soothing materials and furnishings to help a
student de-escalate and / or practice self-management when upset. This short document includes guidelines and photos.

SOURCE: Dallas Independent School District

TAGS classroom management teacher tool self management restorative practices classroom level

Oakland’s Restorative Justice Implementation Guide

This guide/workbook is designed for a Restorative Practices Facilitator to support their school to create an implementation plan to introduce restorative practices in 11 well-defined stages.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

TAGS restorative practices student discipline

Nashville’s SEL Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

1 pager showing specific programs, supports, and interventions that support students at all 3 levels of MTSS.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

TAGS counselors restorative practices evidence-based programs MTSS

Addendum to the Student Code of Conduct: Guidelines for Effective Discipline

Chicago's resource to support schools in implementing the Student Code of Conduct, complete with flow charts, scenarios, and recommended interventions founded on SEL and restorative approaches.

SOURCE: Chicago Public Schools

TAGS classroom management alternatives to suspension implementation support toolkit equity restorative practices PK-12 student discipline district SEL expertise SEL leadership

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