Current research across the United States and abroad supports the effectiveness of restorative justice processes in schools. Restorative practices are successfully used for classroom management; collaborative pedagogy; student support; emotional awareness and literacy; building a positive school climate; alternate discipline; and strengthening positive connections with parents and community. Training workshops are designed for teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, students and school support personnel to learn about restorative justice as well as how to implement restorative practices in the classroom and greater school culture.
I have facilitated a staff meeting with fifty teachers sitting in a large circle. We discussed the uses of restorative practices in the classroom and the conversation allowed for a variety of opinions and ideas on education and teacher/student relationships.