The session chronicles restorative practices implementation at Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) through Pursuing Equitable Restorative Practices (PERC) and how we have collaborated with our grant partners at the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) and RAND.
PERC was awarded through the Department of Justice to gauge whether restorative practices can improve school climate and culture. It is the IIRP’s largest restorative practices implementation to date.
We will show how the IIRP, PPS and RAND have collaborated throughout the different stages of PERC — from grant application to ramp up, implementation and planning for sustainability. We will also highlight how we’ve embedded restorative practices into district priorities. This was done so that staff could see restorative practices as not just another new thing or a passing “fad,” but rather a paradigm shift with strategies and tools that strengthen and enrich the work that’s already being done.
A leading tenet at Pittsburgh Public Schools is creating learning environments that provide all children an opportunity to succeed. By zeroing in on the established equity work at the district, we will highlight the ways restorative practices can support the district’s equity work and review a document that crosswalks restorative practices and the district’s equity protocol.