Atlanta Public Schools has made Social and Emotional Learning a district priority because these life skills are a foundation for the academic successes of our students. This video outlines the social and emotional learning foundation needed for restorative holistic discipline to be successfully implemented in school.
In this video the teacher and her second graders use the class meeting process to collaboratively problem solve an issue in which one student was being bothered by other students.
Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell is approaching discipline reform with a three-part plan focused on restorative practices, meditation and mentorship.
This video shows a high school that provides Safe Spaces for students to remove themselves from challenging situations, de-escalate their feelings, make different choices about how to move forward and transition back to class.
This video showcases a school that is implementing Restorative Discipline to address student behavior and resolve conflicts collaboratively, using restorative circles in a collaborative space they call “the zone.”
This video shows the power of an beautiful student facilitated restorative circle to build community through storytelling. The circle is implemented with fidelity, according to the key restorative circle components found at our Introduction to Circles.
In this video students talk about restorative circles in the academic classroom and the impact circles have had on them and their school community.
This video shows the power of restorative circles to build community and address harm. Circles are discussed and implemented with fidelity, according to the key restorative circle components found at our Introduction to Circles.
In this video the school to prison pipeline is explained and connected to how punitive discipline in schools disproportionately targets African American students, pushing them out of school at much higher rates than their White peers for the same behaviors
This video looks at taking the implementation of Restorative Practices in Chicago Public Schools to “the next level, the community level, to the parent level to expand best practices that we’re seeing taking place in our school so that we truly have a restorative community wrapped around our students.”
This video shows the various stages of a restorative conference between two young men, their families, friends, and other community members to address a situation of harm doing—Part 1: Dialogue: opening introductions, establishing guidelines, responsible youth incident summary, person harmed shares impact, family of responsible youth shares impact, community member perspective, Part II: Creating the Restorative Action Plan, Part III: Closing of restorative conference
This video discusses and shows the steps of a Restorative Pre-Conference (separately) with participants on different sides of an incident in which harm was done. The pre-conference aims to get participants comfortable and familiar (enough) with the conference to be willing and able to participate effectively when the parties are brought together to repair the harm and make things right. In this particular pre-conference the student who inflicted harm and his parents come together with the conference facilitators.
RP Video Library: This video shows a powerful Welcome and Reentry Circle that welcomes a student back to school after an absence. The circle is implemented with fidelity, according to the key restorative circle components found at our Introduction to Circles.
RP Video Library: This video shows the power of an effectively teacher facilitated circle to build community and address issues. The circle is implemented with fidelity, according to the key restorative circle components found at our introduction to circles.
RP Video Library: This video shows the power of an effectively student facilitated restorative circle to build community through storytelling. The circle is implemented with fidelity, according to the key restorative circle components found at our introduction to circles.
RP Video Library: In this video, administration, staff and students talk about the school’s transition from punitive practices to restorative practices and how the shift in mindset and practice impacted relationships at the school and school culture overall.
RP Video Library: In this video, administration and school staff talk about what restorative practices are, why we use restorative practices and what they look like implemented holistically in a school.
The student-led March for Our Lives was one of the largest demonstrations ever in Washington, D.C. Youth activists across the country are in the spotlight.
Black History Month was our excuse for asking our co-worker Daniel Coles, who is coordinating Morningside Center’s racial equity initiatives, to share some books he recommends to educators to raise our awareness on issues related to race. Behold the list below, in alphabetical order by author!
In this activity, students share their feelings about the election, have a listening circle, and then participate in a community-building activity.
Updated: The presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on October 9, 2016, raised some important but difficult issues about sexism and sexual assault. In this activity, students learn about and discuss the controversy, hear and discuss Michelle Obama's comments about it, share thoughts and feelings in a "listening circle," and brainstorm ways we can increase our respect for each other.