Guides for Implementation
Quick guide on making school climate improvements (U.S. Department of Education)
Fostering healthy relationships and promoting positive discipline in schools (Schott Foundation's National Opportunity to Learn Campaign)
- Download a free restorative practices guide and visit the Opportunity to Learn website. This toolkit was developed in partnership with the Advancement Project, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association.
School climate planning and restorative practices implementation guide (San Francisco Unified School District)
- After the school district implemented the SaferSanerSchools™ program in several pilot projects, this this guide was designed so that the district could take responsibility for further implementation efforts. Visit the website about its program and download the implementation guide, written by Kerri Berkowitz.
How can we fix school discipline toolkit (updated February 2017) (Fix School Discipline)
- Visit the Fix School Discipline website and download resources for educators and the community.
- The Model School Climate LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan) helps California school districts meet requirements to reduce suspensions and improve school climate, and provides guidance on integrating various school climate reform efforts, including restorative practices.
Ensuring a positive school climate (Baltimore City Public Schools)
- These resources help ensure the tone, character, atmosphere and “feel” of a school are positive. They include “climate walk” and “safety walk” observation sheets so members of the school community, visitors and school police can offer useful feedback for making improvements.
Toolkit for transformation (Transforming School Discipline Collaborative - TSDC)
- TSDC has created a toolkit with a range of resources, from implementation guides to model discipline codes, to ensure that Illinois schools are safe and supportive for all students.
Implementing restorative justice: A guide for schools (Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority)
- This guide introduces school personnel to the concepts of restorative justice and restorative discipline, offers new tools that can reduce the need for school exclusion and juvenile justice system involvement in school misconduct and offers ways to enhance the school environment to prevent conflict and restore relationships after conflict arises.
New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act)
- The Dignity Act, which seeks to provide New York public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment and bullying, includes a section on restorative approaches in its associated Promising Practices Guide.
Model Code of Student Conduct
- Download Michigan State Board of Education’s Model student conduct code, which emphasize the use of restorative practices.
- Download the Dignity in School Campaign’s Model code on education and dignity. These recommended student-conduct policies feature restorative practices as a core component to help end school pushout and protect the human rights to education and freedom from discrimination.
A Generation Later: What We’ve Learned about Zero Tolerance in Schools (The Vera Institute of Justice)
- Download the report, which concludes that neither schools nor young people have benefited from zero tolerance policies. It suggests instead promising alternatives, including restorative practices.
Authority, Discipline, and the Marginalization of Youth in Schools (Stanford University)
This annotated reading list, produced in the aftermath of the incident of violence against a young female student at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina, on October 26, 2015, includes works in the public sphere that may not be visible to the general public.
Integrating Related Evidence-Based Strategies
- Examples and tips to help you integrate and maximize the benefits of SEL and restorative practices - Committee for Children (CFC) Blog
- Establishing a restorative mindset: Considerations for adults in schools - The Center for Safe Schools in collaboration with the IIRP, the Mennonite Central Committee and Clemson University's Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, sponsored by the Highmark Foundation
- Restorative practices and social-emotional learning go hand in hand - Aligning IIRP SaferSanerSchools™ and Committee for Children Second Step Program (IIRP News)
- How learning happens: Supporting students' social, emotional, and academic development - The Aspen Institute
- School climate improvement toolkit - WestEd School Climate Alliance at REL West
- Resources for the systemic implementation of social and emotional learning by school districts - (CASEL)
- Creating healthy school climates by integrating reform efforts - Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) (IIRP News)
- Restorative justice practices and bullying prevention (StopBullying.gov, a U.S. Government website)
- Integrating bullying prevention and restorative practices in schools (Center for Safe Schools, Highmark Foundation and Clemson University’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life)
- Learning by heart: The power of social-emotional learning in secondary schools (What Kids Can Do, Center for Youth Voice in Policy and Practice)
- Preparing youth to thrive: Promising practices in social & emotional learning (Forum for Youth Investment)