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Restorative Practices Resources


​​Resources: articles, documents, videos, presentations, and monographs​


About Restorative Practices 

Introduction to Restorative Practices video-camera-icon.png
What is Restorative Practices video- IIRP

This paper discusses terms and concepts of restorative practices as defined and used by the International Institute of Restorative Practices. The purpose is to provide educators with a consistent set of terminology and to create a unified framework.

A guide for educators to learn what is restorative practices, why it is needed, and how to begin the process of bringing restorative practices to schools.

This packet includes documents for Affective Statements, Affective Questions, Circles, Formal Restorative Conference, and Integrating RP within the PBIS-MTSS Framework. Each document provides a brief overview and definition of each practice. 

These 7 principles reflect the values and concepts for implementing Restorative Practices.

Affective Statements/Questions

This one-pager from SFUSD provides a gui​deline on what constitutes affective language and gives examples of how to start an affective statement.


Circle Planning Tool
A template for planning a circle
Everybody Has a Voice in Our School video-camera-icon.png
Students and school staff talk about the impacts of using classroom circles.
Start Off the Year with Restorative Practices  NEW
This four-page document from IIRP provides several circle plans including developing a  classroom agreement and exploring what the concept of "respect" looks like and sounds like.

Fishbowl Circle Script
The double circle fishbowl can be used with students and school staff. Here's a script for setting up a school staff fishbowl focusing on problem solving.
A resource from San Francisco Unified School District. This manual provides step-by-step instructions about how to run and facilitate various circles within the classroom with goals to build community and respond to challenging behavior through restorative practices.

Sample Prompting Circles Questions .pdf
Topics include: Getting acquainted, exploring values, sharing our lives, and curriculum-related prompts

A video from SFUSD that highlights circles and how the process allows students' voices to be heard and valued. Students in this video reflect on using circles in the classroom and how it has affected them.

Restorative Practices Formal Conference

Consent form for those participating in a formal conference

Evaluation forms for each participant in a formal conference

Implementing Restorative Practices School-Wide​
​​Effective Implementation of Restorative Practices rests not only on the technical aspects, we often forget to include the adaptive and relational elements necessary to achieve authentic, meaningful and sustainable implementation.
Whole-School Change is a program through IIRP’s SaferSanerSchools and this document provides steps and practice descriptions for school-wide implementation of Restorative Practices.​

A step-by-step guide from SFUSD for implementing Restorative Practices on a school-wide basis with supporting documents.

This paper seeks to provide educators with a basis for restorative practices implementation. It presents the importance of culture change and leadership in schools in order to successfully implement restorative practices along with implementation guidelines.​

Phases of Implementation and School-wide Restorative Practices
A matrix to guide the school-wide implementation of restorative practices.

Minnesota Toolkit  2012.pdf                                                                                               Minnesota Department of Education, tools and resources for school staff to support readiness and implementation of Restorative Practices.


Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Restorative Practices

A presentation by Dr. Lucy Vezzuto introducing restorative practices and included how each practice can be integrated into a multi-tiered system. 

Presented by Lucille Eber, Director of the Midwest PBIS Network and National PBIS TA Center, this webinar is a dialogue about how to embed Restorative Practices into a multi-tiered system of support and in schools.

This article focuses on the positive impact of integrating PBIS with Restorative Practices.​​
 By Jeffrey Sprague PhD, Co director, Institute on Violence and Destructive behavior, University of Oregon

This resource is written in collaboration with IIRP and CASEL. This tool is intended to assist educators in understanding the connection between SEL and RP.

Fix School Discipline
This toolkit provides educators with information on alternatives to traditional school discipline including Restorative Practices, PBIS, Social and Emotional Learning, and others. These tools can help change school culture and improve school climate.

The School Discipline Consensus Report
This report by the Council of State Governments Justice Center aims to provide a comprehensive look into school discipline. It offers recommendations to educators on different philosophies and approaches available in order to change the traditional system that supports students and teachers through a positive school climate.

Bullying and Restorative Practices

Integrating Bullying Prevention and Restorative Practices in Schools
This report discusses the possible integration of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) with Restorative Practices in schools.
Healing the Harm: The Power of Process and Dialoguepowerpoint.png  This presentation by Margaret Thorsborne focuses on bullying and emotional harm. It discusses the approach of a restorative process to repair harm and relationships​.
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Restorative Practices in the News

​'Restorative Practices' can nurture positive relationships, prevent unwanted behavior​
OCDE Newsroom reports on the beginnings of restorative practices in Orange County. This article takes a look at how restorative practices can help build positive school communities and relationships.​

Mike Simpson, Superintendent and Principal of Two Rock Elementary School, brings restorative practices to Sonoma County. He shares some of his stories using Restorative Practices with students, parents, and teachers alike.
Students have filed a lawsuit against Compton Unified School District for failing to meet their educational needs. Under federal educational rules and the Americans with Disabilities act, students claim districts need to ​provide special mental health services to students with complex trauma, such as the restorative practices.​​​

Article by Joa​nne Chen,​​Greater Good Magazine



RAND Research Study of RP Effectiveness
Researchers from the RAND Corporation conducted one of the first rigorous evaluations of restorative practices as implemented in a city school district. They found that the practices had a positive effect in schools by reducing school suspensions.

Findings from Schools Implementing Restorative Practices​
This report from the International Institute for Restorative Practices presents data from various schools and school districts on the impact of restorative practices on discipline.
This report from the International Institute for Restorative Practices presents data from various schools and districts on how the implementation of Restorative Practices significantly reduced misbehavior and punitive discipline, improved teacher-student relationships, and how these improvements narrowed the 'racial-discipline gap'.

Article  published July 2021- Sean Darling Hammond, Lauren Trout, Trevor Fronius and Rebecca Cerna