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Spark Change: Restorative Justice for Racially Just Schools

Earlier this month, we released the findings of the Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project, a four-year school-based pilot program in partnership with the NYC Department of Education and the Mayor’s Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline. With a focus on addressing racial disparities in school discipline, the project offers much needed research on restorative justice implementation.

The Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project has helped inform and advance the NYC Department of Education’s goals of implementing restorative justice citywide, while bringing greater attention to the critical need to address anti-Black racism in school discipline.

Learn more about the Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project directly from our partners involved in its implementation and analysis in the webinar below, and read on for restorative justice resources for educators. 


RESTORATIVE JUSTICE RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS

Dr. Gregory has produced two key documents from her study of the Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project, which are aimed at informing educators and school administrators at large on best practices for racially justice restorative justice implementation. In addition to Dr. Gregory's documents, we have also included a resource from the New York City Department of Education below: 

  • Evaluating Restorative Justice in Three Secondary Schools: Fidelity of Implementation and School Climate, Equity, and Safety Outcomes [Executive Summary Download]
  • 12 Indicators of Restorative Practices Implementation: A Checklist for Administration [Download]
  • NYC DOE Restorative Practices [Visit Website]

To request a copy of the full final report from Dr. Gregory, Evaluating Restorative Justice in Three Secondary Schools: Fidelity of Implementation and School Climate, Equity, and Safety Outcomescontact her at Rutgers University


Webinar ∙ Spark Change: Restorative Justice for Racially Just Schools 

Recorded October 14, 2020

In the discussion below, Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project Evaluator Dr. Anne Gregory (Rutgers University), Kenyatte Reid (NYC DOE Executive Director, Office of Safety and Youth Development), Ashley Ellis (Co-Founder of Breathe Circles and former Restorative Justice Director at the School for Democracy and Leadership), and Anthony Soto (graduate of the School for Democracy and Leadership) explore how we can use the principles and practices of restorative justice to create racially just schools that care for, develop, and respect every student in the classroom despite the challenges of remote learning.

The conversation centers lessons learned from the Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project—a four-year initiative led by Brooklyn Community Foundation in partnership with the NYC Department of Education (NYC DOE), the Mayor’s Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline, and a small cohort of Brooklyn middle and high schools, to develop a sustainable and effective model for school discipline reform and to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.

  • Evaluating Restorative Justice in Three Secondary Schools: Webinar Presentation Slides [Download Slides]

Amy Chou-Sheikh

Senior Program Officer (She/Her/Hers)
The Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project has helped inform and advance the NYC Department of Education’s goals of implementing restorative justice citywide, while bringing greater attention to the critical need to address anti-Black racism in school discipline.