Capstone Project Title
Restorative Justice Practices and Their Impacts in Elementary Classrooms
This capstone sought to answer the question: What are the most effective ways to implement restorative justice practices into elementary classrooms in order to create a positive learning community? This capstone analyzed the historical need for restorative justice practices in classrooms by describing the detrimental effects of zero tolerance policies and the school to prison pipeline. It analyzed the roots of restorative justice practices in indigenous cultures and examined how culture can influence the way conflict is addressed. This capstone examined the need for interactive staff development on how to implement restorative practices in the classroom. It discussed several restorative justice interventions including restorative circles, making amends between students, picture books to initiate discussions and building strong relationships and community in the classroom. This capstone project consists of a six session professional development series. This project could have significant effects on how behavior management is viewed by staff.
Classroom Management, Reflective Practice, Social Justice, Staff Development
Miles, Mary, "Restorative Justice Practices and Their Impacts in Elementary Classrooms" (2022). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 787.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects