A person runningBEST/MTSS Summer Institute 2016

Strand F

Restorative Justice: A Whole-School Approach

Jon Kidde


Implementation of Restorative Justice in schools has been linked to reduced discipline referrals, reductions in violent and serious incidents, decreases in punitive and exclusionary discipline responses, increased student attendance and improved test scores, and increased graduation rates.

Participants will be introduced to and actively explore a three-tiered whole school restorative justice model. Tier I applies to the entire school community and focuses on building and strengthening relationships. Tier II applies when there has been wrongdoing and aims to repair relationships. Tier III is focused on reintegration of students returning to the classroom or school due to a discipline response. The strand intends to position participants to integrate restorative justice principles and practices in the schools where they work. While the strand content and examples focus on middle schools and high schools, restorative justice practices have shown great results in elementary schools and can be applied in these settings.


Restorative Justice: A Working Guide for Our Schools: http://www.achealthyschools.org/schoolhealthworks/assets/118-restorative-justice.pdf

Circle Forward: Building a Restorative School Community. This is not a required pre-reading. There will be an option to purchase this book at a discount at BEST.


Jon KiddeJon Kidde has been exploring the concepts of restorative justice (RJ) for over 18 years. Currently, he is an independent consultant focused on restorative justice and juvenile justice reform. Jon was the Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) during the initial implementation of RJ within Oakland Unified School District. Jon co-authored Restorative Justice: A Working Guide for Our Schools with Rita Alfred in 2011.