The module focuses on an alternative to traditional punitive discipline. Educators have come to realize that punishment alone does not make students behave or lead to school environments that are safe, supportive, and conducive to teaching and learning. Restorative practices are a whole-school relational approach to building school climate and peacefully addressing student behavior by building community and using specific practices to equitably approach inappropriate behavior. This module will provide a foundational overview of restorative practices in schools. The learning outcomes include:

  • Understand the evolution of restorative practices
  • Identify how perceptions may influence disciplinary outcomes
  • Define critical concepts and practices to create restorative-focused schools