Tips & Ideas

Guidance and inspiration to help you build skills and community in your classroom and school

September 15, 2018

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.  

August 13, 2018

The first few days of school are the perfect time to begin taking a restorative approach to discipline in your classroom. Step 1: Be in community with your students.

August 12, 2018

Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell is approaching discipline reform with a three-part plan focused on restorative practices, meditation and mentorship.

August 12, 2018

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.

August 12, 2018

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.”

June 27, 2018

This video shows the power of a 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.

June 25, 2018

A restorative conversation can turn a student’s problematic behavior into a teachable moment.

June 15, 2018

In this video students talk about restorative circles in the academic classroom and the impact circles have had on them and their school community.

June 15, 2018

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.  

June 5, 2018

Morningside Center's Daniel Coles shares the poem "Shoulders" by Naomi Shihab Nye, and suggests ways to use the poem in your classroom.