Restorative Practices In Schools

Restorative Practices (RP), which has its roots in Restorative Justice, is a new field of study that is being used in schools to improve student's accountability, community safety, and competency development.

Training Overview
Lead by Dr. Marian Fritzemeier, Ed. D. and Rev. Marty Villa, MA, LMFT, Youth for Christ is providing this innovative and dynamic 3-day seminar that equips school site staff to implmenent RP which typically increases student responsibility and decreases suspensions and expulsions.  Consultants (YFC Staff) also conduct a site visit and schedule follow-up visits to facilitate the sites' implementation plans. 

Seminar Goals
1. Introduce the concepts of Retorative Practice
2. Offer new tools that can reduce the need for school exclusion and juvenil eJustice system involvement regarding school misconduct
3. Provide strategies to enhance the school environment, change the school culture, and restore relationships after conflict arises.

In addition to Year 1 training, YFC is now also offering a 2nd year of training helping existing RP schools to further their RP implementation plans. While definitive numbers and statistics are still being gathered, many schools report a minimum of a 50% decrease in suspensions alone.

Mike Henderson, Senior Director of Alt. Ed. for Modesto City Schools had this to say about YFC's RP training: Releasing teachers from their classrooms for professional deveopment can be delicate. If they are going to spend the time, they want it to be relevant, engaging, delivered by competent trainers, and include some practical take-aways they can apply in their classrooms the next day.  All of these were true of the RP training provided to MCS by YFC.

Mark Herbst, Senor Director of Educational Services noted: "When the District decided to begin training our sites on Restorative Practices, it was important we found a contractor who was knowledgeable, engaging, and able to presuade our staff to see the importance of using an alternative approach to school discipline.  YFC exceeded our expectations in all of these areas.

For more information on Youth for Christ's Restorative Practices trainings, contact (209) 522-9568 x111