Restoring Community

Students and teachers from Maine schools that are implementing the SaferSanerSchools Whole-School Change program as part of a 5-year RAND study speak about the positive impact in the classroom of circles and other informal restorative practices. These practices give everyone a chance to be heard.

One student says, "When we have circles, everybody gets to just let everything out that they're thinking and give an opinion so they feel like they have a voice in our school."

A teacher comments, "This has been the easiest year behaviorally I've ever had in my 20-something years of teaching."

Learn more about the IIRP's SaferSanerSchools program.