Restorative Practices

Restorative Measures in Schools Resources

The following resources on restorative measures in schools are listed here alphabetically by category and include a description of content found on each website. The Minnesota Department of Education does not endorse websites, programs, services, organizations, companies or trainings, but offers this as a list of resources that schools, school personnel and others may find useful in restorative practices work.

United States

General Interest

Sponsored by the United States Department of Education, the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is an online digital library of education research and information, including articles on restorative practices in schools.

International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) is a non-profit organization that provides education and research in support of the development of restorative practices and helps educators improve classroom management, school discipline and school climate through restorative practices. (Bethlehem, Pa.)

Minnesota Department of Education helps schools develop programming, curricula and intervention practices to create safe schools by teaching social skills, building positive school climate and repairing harm when it happens. Restorative practices can be used to hold students accountable for harm and address the needs of students or staff harmed and the school community.

Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) posts website videos and resources that provide an overview of restorative justice theory and practices as well as resources for schools and community restorative organizations.

Restorative Justice Online provides a thorough introduction to restorative justice, as well as access to an extensive online library of resources, research and media coverage from all around the world. The More Rooms/Class Room section posts links to school-related resources.

School Districts

Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) – Restorative Justice website gives access to a comprehensive report on the implementation and impact of a district-wide restorative justice initiative implemented throughout OUSD beginning in 2005. On the site, you can learn more about the school and district-wide implementation process; watch videos and find links to additional restorative justice resources.

San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) – Restorative Practices website gives an overview of restorative justice philosophy and its application in schools as well as the district-wide implementation of restorative practices within SFUSD. Follow the Whole School Implementation and Resources tabs for access to how-to guides, videos and additional resources for implementation of restorative practices at the classroom and whole school level.

Restorative Justice Programs with School Resources

Barron County Restorative Justice Programs, Inc. (BCRJP) is a Wisconsin-based organization that provides restorative justice services and training to community members. The Students and Schools section has information about restorative justice programming.

Institute for Restorative Initiatives (IRIS), a project of the Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University, provides training and consultation services for schools and agencies interested in integrating restorative practices into their work. The IRIS site provides an overview of restorative justice and offers specific applications of restorative practices in schools and youth community groups. The site also contains videos and a list of additional resources.

Restorative Solutions is a Colorado-based organization that provides training and consultation for individuals, organizations and communities interested in incorporating restorative justice into their practice. Visit the Schools section for training opportunities and the Resources tab for lists of books, research and national and international restorative justice programs.

Restorative Trauma-Informed Practices (RTIPs) is an innovative, flexible program model that combines science-based information on the impacts of trauma with restorative processes that can be used in schools, organizations, neighborhoods and communities.

Academia

Eastern Mennonite University - The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) was established in 1994 at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) and supports the personal and professional development of individuals as peacebuilders and strengthens the peacebuilding capacities of the institutions they serve. (Harrisonburg, VA)

The Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice is an initiative of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at EMU, promotes dialogue and networking within the restorative justice field and provides education through web-based and onsite programs. (Harrisonburg, VA)

Fresno Pacific University – Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies offers graduate education in conflict resolution and peacemaking leading to a Master of Arts degree or graduate certificate in peacemaking and conflict studies. It also offers undergraduate courses leading to a minor or focus series, a degree completion program in criminology and restorative justice studies and also provides intervention, training and consulting services. (Fresno, CA)

Suffolk University - Center for Restorative Justice sponsors and participates in a variety of events designed to foster constructive, creative dialogue about current and potential applications of restorative justice. Learn more about restorative practices in schools training offered by CRJ, access additional resources and read about upcoming restorative justice-centered educational events on the site. (Boston, MA)

The Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota is an international resource center in support of restorative dialogue, practice, research and training.

University of Texas-Austin - The Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue provides training, evaluation and research on restorative practices in the criminal justice system, community and in schools. (Austin, TX)

International

Margaret Thorsborne & Associates is an international consultancy providing services to schools, communities and workplaces to achieve transformational change through restorative practice. They provide technical assistance and training internationally on restorative practices in the workplace and schools. Find educational tools in the Schools section. (Australia)

Check out the New Zealand Ministry of Education’s site to learn more about the use of restorative practices in the New Zealand education system.

SACRO is a national community justice volunteer organization working across Scotland to make communities safer by reducing conflict and reoffending. SACRO has produced a range of information leaflets on managing relationships in schools including pieces explaining restorative practices for students and parents.

Transforming Conflict: National Centre for Restorative Approaches in Youth Settings (NCRAYS) provides training, advice, consultancy, plenary speakers and workshop leaders and partnership and educational resources – training manuals, posters and DVDs. (United Kingdom)

YOUCAN is a Canadian organization focused on youth-led initiatives and offers a high school curriculum on conflict resolution and peacebuilding. The Programs and Peacebuilder Program sections provide additional information.

Associations

Minnesota Restorative Services Coalition (MRSC) is a statewide coalition to promote restorative philosophy and quality restorative services for individuals, communities and organizations. (Minneapolis, MN)

National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ) is a non-profit organization that operates nationwide to coordinate and host the bi-annual National Conference on Restorative Justice, provide restorative justice-based resources to members as well as the general public and provide updates on current happenings in the field. (United States)

Restorative Practices International (RPI) is a not-for-profit, independent, professional member association that supports the development of restorative practice in schools, prisons, workplaces, organizations, families and communities. RPI is committed to connecting practitioners around the globe and creating opportunities to share and learn from one another. (International)

For more information on Restorative Measures in Schools, contact:

Nancy Riestenberg, School Climate Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education School Safety Technical Assistance Center, at 651-582-8433 or Nancy.Riestenberg@state.mn.us.