Restoring Community

Improving School Climate Through Restorative Practices

The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) SaferSanerSchools™ program provides a comprehensive two-year implementation model that is working with educators to transform school climate in districts across the United States.

Our experienced team of instructors teaches and coaches school administrators, educators, counselors and support staff the fundamentals of program implementation. They will develop skills to build social capital and achieve social discipline through participatory learning and decision-making. The program helps adults transform the learning environment by engaging students to be active participants in their school community.

RCT Studies

Randomized controlled studies of the SaferSanerSchools™ Whole-School Change program have recently been conducted in:

• 14 Maine schools by the RAND Corporation with funding from the National Institutes of Health

• 15 urban schools nationwide by Johns Hopkins University with funding from Atlantic Philanthropies

• 22 Pittsburgh Public Schools by the RAND Corporation with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice Comprehensive School Safety Initiative

Benefits of the program include:

  • Reducing student suspensions, expulsions and absenteeism.
  • Narrowing the racial discipline gap.
  • Improving school connectedness.
  • Fostering relationships between staff, students and parents.
  • Enhancing interpersonal and intrapersonal competency skills for
    staff and students.
  • Optimizing instructional time and creating engaged learning
    environments.

Customized Implementation

Our instructors will work with you to customize the program to address your school and district’s unique needs. Our professional development training provides school staff with practical strategies for building strong, healthy relationships with students, family and colleagues. At the same time, the training teaches an in-depth, formal restorative justice process for addressing harm and wrongdoing.

Restorative practices aligns well with other school culture and climate models your school may be implementing, such as Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). Coaching and Training of Trainers will help your school develop capacity to become skilled practitioners and
continue the program sustainably after the initial stages of implementation are complete.

The IIRP’s “six-periods” approach provides a cost-effective way to achieve lasting change that results in healthier relationships between students, staff and parents while taking a social discipline approach to reducing suspensions and expulsions.

Six-Period Approach

Our six-period approach to program implementation includes:

Highlighted Resources

Improving School Climate: Evidence from Schools Implementing Restorative Practices

Fix School Discipline Educator Toolkit and Community Toolkit

For additional information on evidence of effectiveness, reports and resources, visit the School Resources Page

Featured Videos


Teachers and administrators at Pinellas County Public Schools in Florida share what they appreciate about restorative practices talking circles.
 

Students, teachers and administrators from West Philadelphia High School explain the impact of restorative practices during one of the IIRP's first urban SaferSanerSchools™ projects.

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