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Activities to support students' social and emotional learning and restorative practices

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May 01, 2018

In this lesson, students step back from the debate over a "border wall," and consider the moral arguments for and against “no borders." 

Apr 24, 2018

Students explore the controversy over the Trump administration's proposal to add a question about citizenship to the census  and learn about the history and purpose of the U.S.

Apr 24, 2018

Students view and discuss the viral video of two black men being handcuffed and walked out of a Philadelphia Starbucks by six police officers in April 2018. Students consider the

Apr 24, 2018

RP Video Library: This video shows a peer facilitated restorative circle to problem solve around lateness in school. The Circle is implemented with fidelity, according to the key

Apr 17, 2018

RP Video Library: This video shows the power of an effectively teacher facilitated circle to build community and address issues.  The circle is implemented with fidelity, according

Apr 16, 2018

RP Video Library:  This video shows the power of an effectively student facilitated restorative circle to build community through storytelling.  The circle is implemented with

Apr 13, 2018

RP Video Library:  In this video, administration, staff and students talk about the school’s transition from punitive practices to restorative practices and how the shift in

Apr 11, 2018

Students learn about and discuss strikes by teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Kentucky, and consider how they are connected to student-led protests over gun violence.


Apr 10, 2018

RP Video Library: In this video, administration and school staff talk about what restorative practices are, why we use restorative practices and what they look like implemented

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May 15, 2018

This video shows the various stages of a restorative conference between two young men, their families, friends, and other community members to address a situation of harm doing

May 10, 2018

Students work together to understand the significance of the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide and consider different methods for stopping it. This lesson can be adapted for

May 09, 2018

This video shows a restorative conversation between a student and her ELA teacher to address an incident a few weeks earlier that escalated to the point of the student leaving the

May 07, 2018

This video discusses and shows the steps of a Restorative Pre-Conference (separately) with participants on different sides of an incident in which harm was done.  The pre

May 04, 2018

RP Video Library:  This video shows a powerful Welcome and Reentry Circle that welcomes a student back to school after an absence.  The circle is implemented with fidelity,

May 02, 2018

We can help our students (and ourselves) calm down, focus, and respond constructively to stress by practicing deep, focused breathing.