Education and Community Leaders Launch New Model to Implement Restorative Practices

A coalition of racial justice, education, Labor and community groups announced this week a new effort to ensure widespread implementation of restorative practices in Denver Public Schools. Restorative practices are alternatives to punitive school disciplinary policies that have proven ineffective and racially discriminatory.

The youth and parent group, Padres y Jóvenes Unidos, the national racial justice organization, Advancement Project, Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA), Denver Public Schools (DPS), the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver (DU) and the National Education Association (NEA) will document successful restorative practices programs in Denver schools and then share the model for success with other districts across the country that are seeking to replicate, scale and sustain these practices.

So far, there are three demonstration or model sites in Denver at North High School, Skinner Middle School and Hallet Elementary School. The program will eventually expand throughout the district. As Padres, DPS, DCTA, DU, NEA and Advancement Project work to expand restorative practices in all Denver schools, they will develop a step-by-step restorative practices implementation guide to be shared nationally.

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