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Restorative Practices are a continuum of informal and formal strategies to build community and repair relationships. Restorative Practices are being implemented in schools across the country as a promising strategy to create safe schools, improve school climate, and decrease suspensions.

LSS works with great schools to provide training, consultation and support to build communities where every student can thrive academically and relationally.

We Offer:
•    Specific strategies to whole-school implementation
•    Experienced trainers in the fields of Education and Restorative Justic

Favorite Resources

•  UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Dr. Michele Borba explains what parents and educators MUST do to combat the growing empathy crisis among children today—including a 9-step empathy-building program with tips to guide kids from birth through college, and beyond. 

•  Circle in the Square by Nancy Riestenberg.  Riestenberg writes warmly and with long experience about the challenges facing school communities and how restorative measures--specifically Circles--create a safer space for learning and development for all. 

•  Circle Forward: Building a Restorative School Community by Boyes-watson and Kay Pranis. Circle Forward is a resource guide designed to help teachers, administrators, students and parents incorporate the practice of Circles into the everyday life of the school community.

•  Better Than Carrots Or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management by Dominique Smith, Douglas B. Fisher, and Nancy Frey. Classroom management is traditionally a matter of encouraging good behavior and discouraging bad by doling out rewards and punishments. 

•  Restorative Practices and Bullying - Rethinking Behavior Management by Margaret Thorsborne and David Vinegrad. The guiding principles of restorative justice provide for a different response to bullying. When harm is done (deliberate or otherwise) it needs to be fixed. These principles are not based on definitions of bullying behavior or measure of frequency and intensity.


•  Introduction to Restorative Practices is a video showing the insight of how the process truly works and how it can impact students lives for the better.

•  Training Videos on Restorative Justice show how the entire process works through improvisation.

•  Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change is a video to show that adults should change through though process on how to discipline children.

•  Introduction to Restorative Approaches is a video to show why to start Restorative Practices.


More Resources
•  Integrating Bullying Prevention and Restorative Practices in Schools: Considerations for Practitioners and Policymakers is a PDF on how to stop bullying through Restorative Justice. 

•  Restorative Practices of the Minnesota Department of Education provides a website to further explain what Restorative Justice is and how it benefits students.

•  Restorative Questions Cards are cards to help the facilitator ask certain questions during the conference to make sure the restorative justice process is being followed.

•  Chat Packs to start circle conversations.


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