Professional Guide to Restorative Practice

Date of Award

Summer 7-27-2020

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Shirley Johnson


restorative practice, behavior, culturally responsive teaching, restorative justice


Due to the overwhelming amount of challenges youth in the criminal justice system face, a restorative justice framework was created. This framework worked to repair harm caused by the offender and agreed upon by the victim and their family in hopes the offender will learn from their behavior. Encouraged by this success, educators took the restorative justice framework and created restorative practice. Restorative practice is a social science that studies how to strengthen and repair relationships that have been damaged instead of punishing students for misbehavior. These strategies take on a systemic approach to creating authentic opportunities for students and teachers to learn from in the context of cultural differences creating culturally responsive teaching. The results of this study look at the top three referrals at my school, disruptive behavior, tardiness and non-compliance, and a restorative practice intervention for each challenging behaviors to stay away from inequitable punitive actions.

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