Whole-School Change: Cultivating School Communities that Thrive

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Positive School Culture

Whole-School Change (formerly SaferSanerSchools) is a program that cultivates stronger relationships between students and staff to create a more positive school climate and communities that thrive.

Increased Equity

Restorative practices empowers a diversity of voices and reduces discipline disparities based on race and other factors.

Strong School Leadership

Our program teaches school leaders 21st century professional competencies to improve workplace culture and foster staff development.

Program Components

The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Whole-School Change program provides a comprehensive implementation model that works with educators to transform school climate in districts across the United States.

Professional Development

Staff learn skills to proactively connect with students and respond when things go wrong.

In school Coaching

IIRP coaches help school leadership teams reinforce the use of restorative practices.

Restorative Practices Trainers
Institutional Licensing

Expand and sustain the impact through our Train the Trainer model to build additional in-house expertise.

Graduate Certificates & Degrees
Institutional Licensing

Dive deeper into the restorative practices field through graduate level certificates and degrees.

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"Restorative practices provide a structure that builds community among students and staff and provides a way for students to restore themselves to the community following misconduct."

Anthony Hamlet
Former Superintendent, Pittsburgh Public Schools

Pinellas County, FL

Research and Reports

Restorative Practices Help Reduce Student Suspensions

RAND Corporation, a Randomized Controlled Trial of Whole-School Change (formerly SaferSanerSchools as referenced in the report)


RP Guide PDF Image WebRestorative Practices: Fostering Healthy Relationships & Promoting Positive School Discipline

Advancement Project, American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, Opportunity to Learn Campaign

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Email: wholeschoolchange@iirp.edu
Phone: (610) 807-9221

Whole-School Change program overview

Download the Whole-School Change program overview.

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"My students are now in a better place – academically and behaviorally – than they’ve ever been."

Rhonda Richetta 
Baltimore, Maryland, USA