Restorative Practices within the PBIS Framework - Training

Day 1 of this training is designed for those participants interested in exploring how Restorative Practices (RP) fit within a school-wide MTSS framework. The training will specifically focus on the alignment of school-wide teaching systems and data systems as well as those within the classroom. Guidelines and cautions for installing Restorative Practices through the SWPBIS framework will be shared with participants including examples from districts currently implementing RP within SWPBIS.

Day 2 of this training is designed for leadership teams committed to taking a systemic approach to the installation of Restorative Practices within their MTSS/PBIS framework. The training will guide leadership teams through the process of designing a training, coaching, and evaluation plan to implement, monitor progress, and evaluate outcomes of their efforts. Teams will identify data points for intended impact, practices to install, professional development to deliver, methods for progress monitoring, etc. Day 2 will also include experiential learning of affective language and circles so that leaders feel comfortable with the practices themselves.

** Cautionary Message

        “The research on restorative practices in schools is still at the infancy stage, but several exploratory studies have indicated promising results of RJ approaches in terms of their impact on school climate, student behavior, and relationships between students and with staff, among other outcomes (Ashley & Burke, 2009).  Despite the nascent state of the empirical literature, there are countless reports, articles, and case studies that provide context on RJ practices in U.S. schools.  The research that has been published lacks the internal validity necessary to exclusively attribute outcomes to RJ. “Schools that decide to implement RJ face a number of challenges in development, implementation, and sustainability.  Researchers suggest that schools that integrate RJ into their overall philosophy are perhaps better suited to establish a program that works and lasts (Ashley & Burke, 2009)”

Fronius, Trevor, et al.  “Restorative Justice in U.S. Schools: A Research Review.”  Https://, Feb. 2016,

Who Should Participate:

This training is appropriate for any member of the Tier 1, 2, or 3 teams who wants to learn more about the alignment of RP into the SWPBIS framework.  This training is ideal for those interested in/intending to lead the charge within their district/building.
  • External Coaches
  • Internal Coaches
  • Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Student Support Personnel / Clinicians 

Participants can expect to leave Day 1 of Training
being able to:

  • Describe the theories behind the work of Restorative Practices
  • Identify the goals of RP in schools
  • Define (using examples) and explain how RP practices and strategies align with SWPBIS 
  • Identify data points that indicate a need for the installation of Restorative Practices
  • A plan for thinking about data, professional development