“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.” Dr. Marilyn Armour, IRJRD founder
Restorative Discipline is a Model of Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices in schools pioneered in Texas. (2015 TEA Announcement)Like Restorative Practices, Restorative Discipline is preventative, building strong relationships and communities through shared values, mutual respect, effective communications, inclusivity and shared stories. Additionally, like Restorative Justice, Restorative Discipline effectively deals with wrongdoing and harm by giving opportunities to all involved parties to “tell their story,” describe how the incident has affected them, share their needs, and offer solutions for resolving the situation, repairing the harm and moving forward.
Schools in which Restorative Discipline has been implemented with fidelity have documented reductions in discipline referrals, suspensions and expulsions, improved campus climate and culture, strengthened relationships across the campus, and increases in student achievement.