Implementing Restorative Practices

The School Climate Center has developed significant resources on implementing restorative practices in schools, including an implementation guide, administrator’s guide, facilitator’s toolkit, trainer’s guidance for working with schools and an appendix with resources and tools. 

  • Restorative Practices Online Circle Sessions, January/February 2021 - 12/9/20
    The Restorative Practices Online Circle Sessions and Trainings for January and February 2021 provide opportunities for deeper exploration of repairing harm, as well as the circle process, for both experienced practitioners and people new to the circle process.
  •  - 12/2/20
    Short biographical and email contact information for the RP Online Educational Sessions restorative practices trainers and school practitioners.
  • Implementation Integrity for Restorative Practitioners - 12/2/20
    Guidance to help people using circle and repair of relationships processes to improve their practice and to support school-wide RP implementation, using a continual relationship-based learning process.
  • Equity Magnifier - 1/22/20
    The equity magnifier is a resource that is intended to center equity in the decision making process.
  • Restorative Practices Implementation Guidance - 1/3/20
    Guidance for school districts to implement restorative practices district and schoolwide as a means of growing a restorative mindset, building community and repairing relationships.
  • Restorative Practices Implementation Guidance: Appendix - 12/23/19
    This document provides tools for implementation: creating leadership teams, assessing needs, communication and engagement planning and creating a professional development plan.
  • Repairing Harm: Proceed with Care - 11/27/19
    Repairing harm is a practice that requires the facilitator to be trained and coached. Regular review of the facilitator’s own practices is essential.
  •  - 8/28/19
    The Minnesota Department of Education School Safety Technical Assistance Center has compiled a list of the following books and manuals on restorative practices, including the use of -- Circles and conferencing in schools to build community and repair harm.
  • Restorative Practices in Schools Program Directory - 8/28/19
    School personnel and others looking for restorative justice-based services and training for schools will find this directory useful. Organizations and trainers who offer restorative justice-based services and training are listed alphabetically by region with contact information, services and training offered along with links to their websites.
  • Circle for the Adult Community  - 8/22/19
    This guide provides ideas for using the circle process to engage and strengthen relationships with the adults in the school community.
  • Trainer's Guide for Working with Schools to Implement Restorative Practices - 8/5/19
    As more educators and school leaders begin to use Restorative Practices as a comprehensive whole-school approach to improving school climate, community-based Restorative Practices trainers are a valuable asset to schools. This guide provides ideas, experiences and resources to trainers as they help schools implement Restorative Practices.
  • Restorative Practices Trainer's Guide Activities - 8/5/19
    The Restorative Practices Trainer’s Guide Activities booklet includes training activities referenced in the Trainer's Guide for Working with Schools to Implement Restorative Practices.
  • Restorative Practices in Schools Videos  - 2/13/18
    To help others learn about restorative practices such as how circles and conferencing are used in schools to build community and repair harm, we’ve compiled a list of videos about Circles, Conferences and Whole School Implementation.
  • Restorative Practices - An Administrator's Checklist - 8/9/16
    Restorative Practices Implementation