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restorative practices, school-to-prison pipeline, restorative schools


Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) and other school districts across the United States are implementing restorative practices (RP) to improve school climate by building meaningful relationships in school communities, reframing school discipline, and supporting student safety, well-being, and success. This transformational approach centers student voice and agency, and enhances students’ engagement and participation in their own learning. The Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and Open Society Institute – Baltimore (OSI) collaborated to create The Restorative Practices in Baltimore City Public Schools: Research Updates and Implementation Guide. The purpose of the report is to:

Consolidate existing work describing the use of RP in public schools in Baltimore, across Maryland, and in other parts of the country;

Evaluate progress made by Baltimore City in early implementation of its district-wide restorative practices initiative;

Help other districts across the country learn from Baltimore’s successes and challenges and provide a blueprint to follow as they implement restorative practices in their own unique contexts.


Dispute Resolution and Arbitration | Education Law | Juvenile Law | Law | Law and Society