Restorative Justice in Schools: Solutions that Work

Restorative Justice in Schools: Solutions that Work

Published on 9 February 2021

By Karen Rowan and Ben Cousins

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Transcript
00:08
Zero tolerance discipline policies
00:17
11 million missed instructional days
00:28
Disproportionally affects students of color
00:35
Frequent suspensions
00:40
Falling behind
00:43
Repeat.
01:04
Restorative Justice
01:21
We need your support, Staff.
01:23
We'll need some training, please?
01:27
And who would be our school facilitator?
01:32
We'll find out in due time.
01:38
SUCCESS TAKES MANY STEPS
01:52
How does restorative justice work?
02:33
Solutions in Steps
02:36
Tier 1
02:36
Building Relationships
02:39
Tier 2
02:39
Addressing the issues
02:44
Tier 3
02:44
Reintroduction
03:01
-Take responsibility
03:03
-Understand the impact on others
03:08
-Share their feelings
03:09
-Have a say in the solution
03:19
-Conflict resolution skills
03:19
-Trust
03:19
-Respect
03:38
Does it work?
03:54
Fremont High School in Oakland, CA
03:57
Suspensions cut in half
03:57
Began program in 2018
04:05
Fresno, California's Ms. Claassen
04:06
2019
04:08
-Practices restorative justice
04:14
-90% behavior reduction
04:24
-"...Real world knowledge..."
04:24
(Claassen, 2019)
04:35
Restorative Justice
04:38
It's a solution that works.
04:43
References
04:43
Alvarez, B. (2019, November 19). School suspensions lead to stark losses in instructional time. National Education Association. https://www.nea.org/advocating-for-change/new-from-nea/school-suspensions-lead-stark-losses-instructional-time EdSource. (2018, May 14). Restorative justice at Oakland's Fremont High [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh8cc_i1gNc&feature=youtu.be Flannery, M. (2019, June 13). How restorative practices work for students and educators. National Education Association. https://www.nea.org/advocating-for-change/new-from-nea/how-restorative-practices-work-students-and- educators University of Michigan Office of Student Conflict Resolution. (n.d.). Restorative justice circles. https://oscr.umich.edu/article/restorative-justice-circles Walker, T. (2020, January 30). Restorative practices in schools work ... but they can work better. National Education Association. https://www.nea.org/advocating-for-change/new-from-nea/restorative-practices-schools-work-they-can- work-better Wastvedt, S. (2106, June 23). Schools taking a restorative approach to discipline. MPR News. https://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/23/schools-turn-to-restorative-practices-for-discipline WeAreTeachers Staff. (2019, January 15). What teachers need to know about restorative justice. We Are Teachers. https://www.weareteachers.com/restorative-justice/