Restorative Practices in School

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Still Haven’t Shut Off the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Evaluating the Impact of Florida’s New Zero-Tolerance Law (Document)

It was only five years ago that two police officers pinned down five-year-old kindergarten student Ja’eisha Scott down onto a table, handcuffed her, and dragged her out of school and into a police cruiser after throwing a tantrum during a jelly bean counting game.1 They then refused to release Ja’eisha into her mother’s cus- tody, keeping her in the back of the car for hours.

“Beyond All Belief” — Restorative Practices at St Edmund’s Primary School, Norfolk, UK (2010) (Document)

St Edmund’s Community Foundation School, for children 3 to 11 years old (174 pupils), in North Lynn, Norfolk, UK, received restorative practices training in April 2010 from IIRP trainers Kim Smith (Restorative Practices Development Manager, Criminal Justice Services, Norfolk Constabulary) and Alan Stockdale (Behaviour Intervention, William Howard School, Brampton Carlisle, Cumbria).

Restorative Practices: Transforming School Culture & Ending the School to Prison Pipeline (2010) (Audio)

Dan Jones of On Blast, the youth-produced radio show of the Philadelphia Student Union, interviews Lalo Montoya of Padres y Jóvenes Unidos about the organization's success in getting restorative practices implemented in Denver schools.

"Improving School Climate: Findings from Schools Implementing Restorative Practices" (Document)

In this 36-page PDF document, IIRP Director of Research Sharon Lewis presents disciplinary and other data from U.S., Canadian and British schools that have implemented restorative practices (May 2009).

Restorative Practices and the Transformation at West Philadelphia High School (Document)

West Philadelphia High School has undergone a transformation (June 2009).

Restorative Practices in Milwaukee Public Schools (Document)

"Peer review lets students resolve behavior issues: Discipline reports have dwindled at Milwaukee high school," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 22, 2008.

Models for Reality-Based Drug Education and Restorative Practices for School Discipline (Document)

"Beyond Zero Tolerance: A Reality-Based Approach to Drug Education and School Discipline," Safety First Project of the Drug Policy Alliance (2007).

Case Study: Restorative Justice in A Minnesota Recovery School (Document)

“PEASE Academy: The Restorative Recovery School,” Restorative Practice E-Forum, International Institute for Restorative Practices (July 2005).

Restorative Justice in Schools Can Reduce Disruptive Behavior and Expulsions (Document)

"Schools Find 'Restorative Justice' More Effective Than Expulsion," School Board News, National School Boards Association (May 2005).

Guia de Padre-a-Padre: Justicia Restaurativa en las Escuelas Publicas de Chicago (Document)

Estimados Amigos,


Para la mayoría de nuestros niños, “la disciplina escolar” ha significado ser suspendido o expulsado— empezando tan joven como kindergarten—siendo arrestado, hasta en la primaria—y terminando en las calles o en la cárcel—sin una educación.


Parent to Parent Restorative Justice Guide Updated 2015- English (Document)

Dear Friends,

For too many of our children, “school discipline” has meant getting suspended or expelled—starting as young as kindergarten—being arrested, even in grade school—and ending up on the streets or in jail—without an education.

Widening The Circle of Our Concern: Public Perceptions of the School District of Philadelphia's Response To Intergroup Conflicts (Document)

In January 2010, after the violent incidents at South Philadelphia High School against Asian immigrant students, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations began a series of public hearings as part of our unique mandate to address intergroup conflicts based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, and sou

From Policy to Standard Practice: Restorative Justice in Chicago Public Schools (Research Report/Paper)

This new report by the High HOPES Campaign, which includes DSC members Blocks Together and POWER-PAC among others, is the result of a thorough year-long process of collecting information from restorative justice experts, practitioners, educators, youth, parents, and community members.

Successes and Challenges Facing Restorative Justice Practices in Schools (Document)

"Restorative Justice in School Communities," Youth and Society, Vol. 33, No. 2 (December 2001).

Addressing Bullying through Restorative Justice (Document)

“Restorative Justice and School Violence: Building Theory and Practice,” Restorative Practices E-Forum (2001).

Restorative Justice in Teen Courts (Document)

“The Role of Restorative Justice in Teen Courts: A Preliminary Look,” National Youth Court Center (2001).

Positive Impact of Restorative Practices at CSF Buxmont Academy, Pennsylvania (Document)

"Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy (CSF Buxmont): Analysis of Students Discharged During Three School Years (2003-2006)," International Institute for Restorative Practices

Case Study: A Fairness Committee Model in a New York City School (Document)

"Deepening Democracy: How one school's fairness committee offers an alternative to discipline," Rethinking Schools, Vol. 21, No. 1 (Fall 2006).