Restorative Practices

Restorative Practices


What are they?

In today’s schools, care for the person/s harmed through misbehavior is rarely addressed in intentional ways. Misbehavior is punished leaving the student to feel disconnected from school and at times also feeling like a victim. When misbehavior is not addressed in a restorative manner the focus of academic learning is broke. Working through Restorative Practices, misbehaving students deal with the harm they have caused to individuals and to the school community. An understanding of the harm done and a restoring of safety or relationships starts to happen and the emphasis of learning in a caring environment can resume. The goals of Restorative Practices apply not only to those involved in or affected by misbehavior, but to the larger educational community as well. 

Key Goals of Restorative Practice:

  • To understand the harm and develop empathy for both the harmed and the harmer
  • To listen and respond to the needs of the person harmed and the person who harmed
  • To encourage accountability and responsibility through personal reflection within a collaborative planning process
  • To reintegrate the harmer (and, if necessary, the harmed) into the community as valuable, contributing members
  • To create caring climates to support healthy communities
  • To change the system and why it contributes to the harm 

Restorative Practices Workshop Handouts

RP Affective Questions (.pdf)
RP Affective Statements (.pdf)
RP Circle (.pdf)
RP Formal Conference (.pdf)
Resource Pages (.pdf)



The Little Book of Restorative Justice Howard Zehr 
Format: Book, Easy Read, 70 pages 
Purchase Price: $4.95

The Little Book of Family Group Conferences 
New Zealand Style - A hopeful approach when youth cause harm 
Allan MacRae & Howard Zehr
Format: Book, Easy Read, approx. 70 pages 
Purchase Price: $4.95

The Little Book of Circle Processes 
Kay Pranis 
Format: Book, Easy Read, approx. 70 pages 
Purchase Price: $4.95

The Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools 
Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz and Judy H. Mullet 
Format: Book, Easy Read, approx. 70 pages 
Purchase Price: $4.95 

For the entire "Little Books of Justice & Peace Bui/ding" Series go to:

Peacemaking Circles, From Crime to Community 
Kay Pranis, Barry Stuart, Mark Wedge 
Format: Book, 260 pages 
Purchase Price: $15.00

Just Schools, A Whole School Approach to Restorative Justice 
Belinda Hopkins 
Format: Book, 202 pages 
Purchase Price: $39.95

Touching Spirit Bear Ben Mikaelsen 
Format: Novel, 241 pages, Ages 10-up 
This book talks about Native American Circle Processes and how they are used in restorative 
justice by telling the story of a young boy's journey from self-destructive anger to forgiveness. 
Purchase Price: $6.99


Safer Saner Schools - New York
International Institute of Restorative Practices
Restorative Practice E-Forum Articles:
Barron County (Wisconsin) Restorative Justice



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