Restorative Practices & Restorative Justice in Schools

Schools using Restorative Practices are intentionally creating welcoming school communities and rethinking harsh and disproportionate discipline policies that can contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline.

What is Restorative Practices?

Restorative Practices, also referred to as Restorative Justice, is an approach to solving problematic behavior in schools that focuses on building a positive community for students and stakeholders. Schools that use Restorative Practices replace punitive discipline systems with techniques such as Responsive Circles or Restorative Conferencing, which restore the positive community by repairing the harm done. Wrongdoers are then less likely to become repeat offenders and are welcomed back into the fold.

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School Discipline: 11 Ways To Move From Punitive to Positive

Enhancing Restorative Practices Implementation with Kickboard

Kickboard helps schools implementing Restorative Practices in the following ways:

Reinforce Core Values

Help students internalize core values by acknowledging when they happen. With a quick tap of a button along with your verbal praise, students gain merit points when they exhibit the values your school is teaching.

Character Portfolio

Capture real-time data to build an online data portfolio showing students’ character strengths and opportunities for growth. This data portfolio informs individual student goal-setting, celebrations, intervention-planning and student problem-solving.

Chronicle Restorative Events

Document teacher and student actions such as written restorative reflections, circles, or other responsive interventions in order to create a comprehensive picture of interventions attempted for each student.

Measure Effectiveness of Your Restorative Model

Measure the success of your overall Restorative program by comparing interventions alongside trends in core values and school culture health.

Kickboard schools successfully implementing Restorative Practices

Spotlight School: A Restorative Kickboard High School

Kickboard and Restorative Practices have complemented each other beautifully at Broome Street Academy High School. Both initiatives are intentional efforts to build positive relationships while monitoring and holding students accountable for excellence.


Ron Brown College Preparatory High School (RBHS), Washington, D.C.’s first all-male public school, is building a new kind of school culture from the ground up. Using Kickboard culture data as their guide, leaders, teachers, and students engage in intentional restorative practices that build a strong, healthy community.

Enhance Restorative Practices with Kickboard’s Professional Development

Your Kickboard School Culture Coach will help you establish and strengthen your school’s Restorative Practices implementation, guiding you to:

  • Use data to assess the positivity and overall culture health of your community
  • Reinforce core values essential in creating a restorative environment
  • Develop early intervention systems that prevent wrongdoing
  • Capture evidence of restorative events and their success

PD Offerings

If you’re just starting out with Restorative Practices:

  • Envisioning Excellence and Strategic Planning for Culture
  • Building Your School’s Behavior Logic
  • Establishing Consistent Systems for Schoolwide Positive and Corrective Consequences

If you’re already implementing Restorative Practices:

  • Engaging Students & Families With Culture Data
  • Culture PLC’s: A Framework for Using Culture Data to Drive Improvement
  • Behavior RTI Tiers II and III Audit and Recommendations