Restorative Discipline in Schools

Restorative Discipline is a whole school relational approach to building school climate and addressing student behavior that fosters belonging over exclusion, social engagement over control, and meaningful accountability over punishment.   Its practices replace fear, uncertainty, and punishment as motivators with belonging, connectedness and the willingness to change because people matter to each other.

Evaluations of existing programs show improved relationships on campus, increased student accountability, and dramatic reductions in disciplinary rates.

Using the evidenced-based Texas Model of Restorative Discipline, the Institute prepares educators to implement restorative practices through its values-based trainings, organizational consulting, and research and evaluation.

The Texas Education Agency is partnered with the Institute to train administrators and Restorative Discipline Coordinators as well throughout the state.  This initiative is without precedent nationally and demonstrates the state’s evolving commitment to building healthier and humane school communities.

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This video is used with the permission of San Francisco Unified School District Restorative Practices Program.


The Institute for Restorative Justice & Restorative Dialogue can assist with coordination, training, consultation and evaluation. Please contact us for more information. 


Click here for research and resources to assist your school or district in thinking about implementing restorative practices.