The Restorative Practices Handbook is a practical guide for educators interested in implementing restorative practices, an approach that proactively builds positive school communities while dramatically reducing discipline referrals, suspensions and expulsions. The handbook discusses the spectrum of restorative techniques, offers implementation guidelines, explains how and why the processes work, and relates real-world stories of restorative ...
The Restorative Practices Handbook is a practical guide for educators interested in implementing restorative practices, an approach that proactively builds positive school communities while dramatically reducing discipline referrals, suspensions and expulsions. The handbook discusses the spectrum of restorative techniques, offers implementation guidelines, explains how and why the processes work, and relates real-world stories of restorative practices in action.
"As assistant principal of a challenging urban high school, I have seen that restorative practices really helps students take care of issues themselves. For example, in what was one of our most chaotic classrooms, I saw students take responsibility for the situation, confront fellow students and offer constructive feedback and support for their teacher."
— Russell Gallagher, assistant principal, West Philadelphia High School, Pennsylvania
"Restorative practices has fostered a greater development of community, inclusion and empathy in our schools. Suspension rates have dropped significantly while student engagement has increased."
— W. R. (Rusty) Hick, superintendent of education, Kawartha Pine Ridge schools, Ontario, Canada
"Because of the supportive community I’ve built in my classroom, with the help of restorative practices, my students do well academically. It has created a safe place, one of trust, care and compassion."
— Susan Plewa, teacher, Twin Valley High School, Elverson, Pennsylvania
"When I first took over this school it was in “Special Measures” and at risk of being shut down. Restorative practices helped it achieve “Outstanding” status — the best it can possibly be."
— Estelle MacDonald, head teacher, Collingwood Primary School, Hull, England
Bob Costello is the former director of the IIRP’s Training and Consulting Division. He has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of mental health, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient services and alternative education. He has brought restorative practices training to professionals across the United States and the world in education, law enforcement and criminal justice, counseling and social work, business and other areas. He has appeared on radio numerous times as a spokesperson for restorative practices and restorative justice, most notably on the acclaimed National Public Radio program “Justice Talking.”
Joshua Wachtel is the son of IIRP founding president Ted Wachtel and Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy (CSF Buxmont) co-founder Susan Wachtel. He attended a CSF Buxmont alternative school as a senior in high school and taught history and music at CSF Buxmont for four years. He currently resides in western Massachusetts and contributes regularly to the Restorative Practices eForum.
Ted Wachtel is the president and founder of the IIRP. In 1977, Wachtel and his wife, Susan, founded the Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy, which operate schools, foster group homes and other programs in Pennsylvania — which employ restorative practices with delinquent and at-risk youth. Wachtel’s publications include Toughlove, the best-selling book for parents of troubled adolescents, Real Justice and The Conferencing Handbook, about restorative conferencing, as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. He has been a guest speaker at conferences on restorative practices around the world.