Summary: This policy brief reviews the current state of implementation of Restorative Justice In Education (RJE) and makes several recommendations for schools, researchers, and policy makers. The authors focus on the importance of a principle-based, comprehensive, and equity-based approach, consideration for the development of contextually sensitive, strategic, and long-term implementation plans and practices, and that follow-up research examines change as a result of the program over a three to five year period of time.
Source: Gregory, A., & Evans, K.R. (2020). The Starts and Stumbles of Restorative Justice in Education: Where Do We Go from Here? Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center.
Description: “This policy brief summarizes research on restorative initiatives, with a focus on implementation and outcomes in U.S. schools. We present the accumulating evidence that restorative approaches can reduce the use of exclusionary discipline. We describe promising evidence that such approaches can narrow racial disparities in discipline. We consider the mixed findings related to improving school climate and student development in light of possibly faulty models and mis-implementation of RJE. Finally, we offer recommendations for comprehensive RJE models and strategic implementation plans that we believe will result in more consistent positive outcomes.”