RESTORATIVE PRACTICES

Organization name: Peace Learning Center

Program Type

Leadership skills & college/career prep programs

Ages Served:

0-4 Years
5-11 Years
12-18 Years
19-25 Years

Overview

Brief Program Summary: Level 1 Restorative Practices: This full-day workshop, which can be offered in two parts, focuses on the social-emotional basics and mindset needed to engage in restorative work. It will also inform participants on proactive strategies, relationship building, and community building. Participants will learn how to hold restorative chats, an informal way to problem solve. Level 2 Restorative Practices: This full-day workshop, which can be offered in two parts, builds upon learning from Level 1 to inform participants about the use of Responsive Circles and Formal Restorative Conferencing. Restorative Practices Implementation: This 3-hour workshop focuses on implementing restorative practices in a school context for practitioners who want to spend time tackling the work it takes to institutionalize these practices. Train the Trainer: This 4.5 day workshop series guides participants through sessions dedicated to the basics of Restorative Justice, implementation, and Restorative Conferencing. Time will also be spent learning about implicit bias and its role in Restorative Practices. Finally, participants will be given specific guidance on implementing Restorative Practices in their context and provided with the resources necessary to train others. Self-Paced Individual or Group Learning: Restorative Module 1 & Restorative Module 2 are each 2-hour videos that cover restorative practice basics. Each module has an accompanying reflection journal. Peers Making Peace (PMP): This youth-serving program is centered on evidence-based prevention and resiliency strategies. School and afterschool staff will be trained on how to appropriately implement a peer mediation program in their own setting. PMP can help students build social competence, equip them with personal problem-solving skills, foster a sense of autonomy, and provides many opportunities for meaningful participation. It is best suited for students in grades 7 – 12.
Success Metrics: A program evaluation found of the Peers Making Peace (PMP) program found that assaults decreased by 90.2 percent in treatment schools, while increasing by 33.0 percent in control schools; expulsions decreased by 73.0 percent in treatment schools, but increased by 6.2 percent in control schools; discipline referrals decreased by 57.7 percent in treatment schools, but increased by 8.4 percent in control schools; and the PMP program reduced the number of days absent on an average of more than one day per student. The PMP group also had significantly greater improvement in self-efficacy as measured by the composite score, and it had significantly greater improvement in academic performance as measured by the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills score.

Demographics

Number Served & Racial Distribution:

Total Number of Individuals Annually Served

3,250

Black or African Americans Annually Served

42%

Hispanic or Latinos Annually Served

23%

Geographic Scope:

− Central Indiana Counties: Marion
− Additional/Other Areas of Focus: N/A

Resources

Annual Operating Cost: $298,000
Initial Start-Up Cost: $145,500

Contact Information

Organization Name: Peace Learning Center
Website: https://peacelearningcenter.org/
Respondents Name: Tim Nation
Email: tnation@peacelearningcenter.org

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