Addressing Conflict through Restorative Justice Practices


  • Examine current restorative practices
  • Improve school building climate
  • Establish a restorative justice system


Restorative justice is a theory of justice that focuses on mediation and agreement rather than punishment. Offenders must accept responsibility for harm and make restitution with victims. Teachers who use restorative discipline practices find that behavior in their classroom improves dramatically. They have better relationships with their students and, therefore, less stress from unresolved conflicts. For the growing number of districts using restorative justice, the programs have helped strengthen campus communities, prevent bullying, and reduce student conflicts. And the benefits are clear: early-adopting districts have seen drastic reductions in suspension and expulsion rates, and students say they are happier and feel safer. This course is appropriate for all K-12 school professionals.


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