Restorative Discipline

There is a saying that goes, “The purity of theory is no match for the mess of reality.” I recognize that there is some truth to this, and also recognize that if we don’t have theory to guide us, we are like a ship without a rudder. The following documents are shared below to help provide a guide, or a “rudder”, for the emerging ideas about how to implement Restorative Justice values and principles in a school setting. This page is always "under construction", and I'll be adding new articles here from time to time.

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December 17, 2014: Oakland's restorative justice program is at the forefront of efforts to rethink school discipline.  Dec 17, 2014, 8:15 AM Kevin Pugh
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FEBRUARY 24, 2014 - Council of State Governments, Justice Center Disruptive behavior continues to be one of the most challenging issues that schools face today. Even one seriously incompliant student can threaten teaching and learning for the rest of the class.  Mar 3, 2014, 7:19 AM Kevin Pugh
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Boulder D.A. Stan Garnett says that Police should step back from school discipline, and stop over-criminalizing school discipline issues, by utilizing restorative practices.  Dec 16, 2010, 9:35 AM Kevin Pugh
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Great article about the role of emotional literacy in restorative justice and peacemaking.  27k v. 1 Oct 22, 2009, 8:38 AM Kevin Pugh
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The guidelines are aimed at ending discrimination and the use of discipline that takes students out of school, breaking what’s called the school-to-prison pipeline.  Mar 3, 2014, 7:21 AM Kevin Pugh
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Blog entry from RestorativeWorks.net (May 2013)  Dec 2, 2013, 2:01 PM Kevin Pugh
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Thoughts on Restorative Discipline, based on an original paper written by Ron Claassen (2002).  14k v. 1 Oct 6, 2009, 9:25 AM Kevin Pugh
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Overview of restorative practices in school...  Dec 2, 2013, 1:30 PM Kevin Pugh
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The survey was conducted in partnership with the AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and resulted in more than 450 school administrators sharing their thoughts about how to improve their districts’ approach to school discipline.  Mar 3, 2014, 7:24 AM Kevin Pugh
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February 20, 2014 at 6:32 PM EST At Hinkley High School in Aurora, Colo., students, parents and administration are meeting face-to-face to resolve student conflict with conversation. The number of physical altercations has taken a nosedive as this new type of disciplinary action, called “restorative justice,” replaces suspension. Hari Sreenivasan has the story.  Dec 17, 2014, 8:09 AM Kevin Pugh
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