Positive School Climates and Restorative Practices

School districts and educators across the nation recognize the importance of fostering positive, healthy school climates and helping students learn from their mistakes.   To help Parents/Guardians better understand what restorative practices are and how they foster safe learning environments through community building and constructive conflict resolution, the following resources are offered below:

  • Jo Ann Freiberg, PhD, from the Connecticut State Department of Education.  She is an educational consultant to Region 15, other Connecticut school districts, and to other schools nationwide on Bullying, Improving School Climate, Restorative Practices and Character Education.  Click here for additional information.

  • At the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on May 7, 2018, Dr. JoAnn Freiberg shared the following information:

Handouts and video of May 7, 2018 BOE meeting

  • A presentation to the community by Dr. JoAnn Freiberg on Restorative Practices on October 3rd, 2018 at Pomperaug High School.  The following  handouts were shared: 

Fundamental Ideas for Restorative Practices / Social Discipline Window

Paradigm Shift from Punitive to Restorative Practices

Restorative Questions 

Defining Restorative Practices (an article from the International Institute for Restorative Practices)

Safer Saner Schools (an article from the International Institute for Restorative Practices)