Applying the Framework: Positive Youth Development and Restorative Practices
Nancy Riestenberg, Prevention Specialist, MN Department of Education
The principles and philosophy of restorative measures are congruent with many programs and
curricula that teach social emotional learning and classroom and behavior management.
Restorative practices—circles to repair harm or restorative group conferences, as well as family
group decision making and restorative peer juries—give educators an effective means of helping
students practice the social skills they have been taught, under real and significant circumstances.
When students have a vested interest in a fight or bullying situation, either as a victim, offender
or bystander, they will learn more deeply as they practice repairing harm, communicating
feelings, and problem solving. (read more)