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Nancy E. Dowd

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814721377

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814721377.001.0001

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Moving beyond Exclusion

Moving beyond Exclusion

Integrating Restorative Practices and Impacting School Culture in Denver Public Schools

Chapter:
(p.241) 11 Moving beyond Exclusion
Source:
Justice for Kids
Author(s):

Thalia N. C. González

Benjamin Cairns

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814721377.003.0011

This chapter examines the potential of a restorative justice model to prevent violence and resolve conflicts in public schools. Restorative justice is a principle-based method of responding to harmful behavior. It includes processes that seek to achieve justice by repairing harms. In the context of schools, these processes seek to empower students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. Restorative justice has three underlying principles: reparation of harm, stakeholder involvement, and transformation. Focusing on the restorative justice program at North High School in Denver, Colorado, this chapter highlights the ways restorative justice can improve school safety and promote student performance while increasing student engagement without a disproportionate reliance on suspensions and expulsions. It discusses the broader implications of the findings for more holistic educational reform.

Keywords:   restorative justice, violence, public schools, harmful behavior, school safety, student performance, suspensions, expulsions, educational reform

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