Restorative Justice: A Working Guide for Our Schools

Report

Many teacher-powered teams choose to implement some element of Restorative Justice as part of their approach to discipline. In this report, the Alameda County School Health Services Coalition has concrete ideas for how to bring Restorative Justice into schools.

The coalition describes the report as such:

"Schools are communities created by staff, faculty, students, and families; these are the true experts. Because each school creates its own unique culture, the implementation and practice of Restorative Justice has to be tailored to the needs of each school and with the knowledge and support of each school community. For this reason, there is no standard program or curriculum. Programs and curricula come and go; restorative practices go deeper. They result in a whole new way of thinking.

The purpose of this publication is to provide support and guidance for teachers, health workers, community leaders, and school personnel who seek to implement Restorative Justice in their schools and to shed light on its implementation. It is certain that the process will be new for each school setting. Just like those who have informed this guide, new stories will continue to pave the way to understanding."