RJ Council Releases Restorative Practices in Schools Guidelines for CO

The Colorado Coordinating Council on Restorative Justice (CO RJ Council) adopted the first Colorado Restorative Practices in Schools Guidelines document August 26th, 2016. The purpose of this statewide collaborative effort is to provide school districts and school personnel with key restorative principles and practices along with recommendations for best practices in implementation and training for Restorative Practices in Schools. This “living document” was co-created by a group of over 50 Colorado restorative justice practitioners, trainers and school consultants for Restorative Practices in Schools.

Restorative Practices in Schools, a fast growing tool for school discipline reform, offers school personnel an effective response to behavior issues and a means to develop a safe culture and climate. Disproportionate minority contact in schools, often leading to incarceration of our youth of color, can be addressed equitably and with long-lasting healthy effects using Restorative Justice Practices in the school setting. Shifting from a Zero-Tolerance policy to a school discipline policy inclusive of Restorative Practices has been showing consistent and significant positive results in keeping students in the classroom and off the streets.

From Oakland to DC, in Colorado, Minnesota, Illinois and many other states there are resources, tools and programs to support and guide the movement from simply suspending and expelling students to responding restoratively and building community in schools. The RJ Council is pleased to support the movement with this new tool supporting greater consistency and fidelity as Restorative Practices in Schools grows in CO.

For more information please visit http://www.rjcolorado.org/restorative-justice/restorative-practices-in-schools.

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