This School-Wide Restorative Practices: Step by Step guide is written for educators, families, and community members who understand that traditional, punitive discipline policies and practices are ineffective, do not support students, and have a disproportionate impact on students of color.
Created by the Denver School-Based Restorative Practices Partnership, this guide hopes to build the capacity of educators and community members to implement a positive approach to discipline in the form of restorative practices.
Restorative practices build community and promote healthy relationships among educators and students in order to teach the social-emotional and conflict-resolution skills necessary to reduce conflict. This guide provides support to any school building or district looking to reform their discipline system and reduce racial disparities. It answers the critical question: where do we start? This guide can also help schools or districts that have started along this path but are struggling with implementation.
Links to Resource:
- School-Wide Restorative Practices: Step by Step guide (pdf)
- View the Taking Restorative Practices School-Wide: Insights report which the implementation guide builds upon.
Denver School-Based Restorative Practices Partnership:
- Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization.
- See teaching strategies from the National Education Association, which advocates for great public schools for every student across the U.S.
- Padres y Jóvenes Unidos is a multi-issue organization led by people of color who work for educational equity, racial justice, immigrant rights, and quality healthcare for all.
- Denver Classroom Teachers Association works to protect teachers, schools, and academic excellence.
- Learn more about the Denver Public Schools and their efforts towards advancing education for their students.