On November 7, Morningside Center learned that we had been awarded a prestigious federal i3 (Investing in Innovation) grant to build skills, community, and equity in our schools. Our proposal for a Whole School Restorative Practices Project was one of 15 selected from the 385 received by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will support four years of exciting action, innovation, and research.
With the i3 grant and with generous support from private foundations (the NoVo Foundation, Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, Trinity Wall Street Foundation, New York Community Trust, Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation, and the Charles Lawrence Keith and Clara Miller Foundation), we will continue to develop and test our “Whole School RP” model for 1) boosting students’ social and emotional skills, 2) building school communities based on collaboration, caring, fair treatment, and mutual respect, and 3) eliminating the disproportional targeting of Black, Latino, and LGBTQ students, and students with disabilities, for punitive discipline.
The Whole School RP model is distinctive in fully integrating two powerful strategies for improving education:
- Social and emotional learning (SEL) to build community, create a positive school climate, reduce disciplinary incidents, and boost adults’ and students’ social and emotional competence, with emphasis on respecting people of other cultures and standing up to discrimination
- Restorative practices (RP) to foster student voice and belonging and provide a powerful and effective educational alternative to punitive approaches when harmful behavior does occur
In addition to substantially improving outcomes for students in the 12 schools participating in the project, the Whole School RP Project aims to make a significant contribution to the growing body of research documenting the promise of SEL and RP, and to produce practical tools to help schools throughout NYC and beyond implement these practices effectively.
You can read the rest of the Annual Report here.