Restoring Community

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.