Schools Selected for Restorative Practices Pilot ProgramIn partnership with parents, teachers, and administrators, Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) and the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers (SPFT) have named six schools as restorative practices pilot sites. The following schools will use restorative practices to enhance their school climate during the 2016-17 school year.
- American Indian Magnet School
- Farnsworth Aerospace (5-8 Campus)
- Johnson Senior High
- Maxfield Elementary
- Murray Middle
- Riverview West Side School of Excellence Elementary
Each school's application provided a broad overview of their school's climate, areas they can improve and a description of the restorative practices they will continue building with their school community.
Restorative practices focus on repairing harm to relationships instead of simply assigning blame and punishment. This process helps build a trusting school community while responding to challenging behavior.
"I have long believed that restorative practices is a tool that can help foster and maintain positive relationships between students and staff," said SPPS Superintendent Valeria Silva. "The pilot sites will offer an excellent opportunity to see the benefits that a restorative mindset can bring to schools."
SPFT President Denise Rodriguez added, "Restorative practices is really about a way of being. I look forward to the pilot schools sharing their successes as we add additional pilots over the next three years."
Each pilot school will receive up to $150,000 for the 2016-17 school year to implement their restorative practices plan. The pilot sites will offer examples of specific practices that other sites may be able to replicate.