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We Cannot Return to “Normal”: A Post-COVID Call for a Systems Approach to Implementing Restorative Justice in Education (RJE)

RJAE Consulting, Faribault, MN 55021, USA
Laws 2021, 10(3), 68; https://doi.org/10.3390/laws10030068
Received: 23 June 2021 / Revised: 9 August 2021 / Accepted: 16 August 2021 / Published: 19 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ambitions and Critiques of Restorative Justice Post COVID-19)
Given the collective trauma caused by COVID-19 global pandemic, it is more important than ever that schools look for ways to create safe, trauma-sensitive, and restorative learning environments. This article presents implementation science, readiness assessments, and ongoing evaluation as central and integral to all efforts that seek to transform punitive schools into restorative schools. The author first presents five elements of a school’s relational ecology as a framework for comparing a punitive school to a restorative school: structure, leadership, staff, students, and response to behavioral incidents. Then, the author calls upon school administrators, as well as restorative justice trainers who work with schools, to utilize a systems change approach that supports whole-school change. Without a full commitment to systems change, restorative justice in education (RJE) will continue to fall short of expectations and the educational system itself will continue to cause the same harm to marginalized students as it did prior to the pandemic. View Full-Text
Keywords: restorative justice in education; training; implementation science; systems change; school culture restorative justice in education; training; implementation science; systems change; school culture
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Brown, M.A. We Cannot Return to “Normal”: A Post-COVID Call for a Systems Approach to Implementing Restorative Justice in Education (RJE). Laws 2021, 10, 68. https://doi.org/10.3390/laws10030068

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Brown MA. We Cannot Return to “Normal”: A Post-COVID Call for a Systems Approach to Implementing Restorative Justice in Education (RJE). Laws. 2021; 10(3):68. https://doi.org/10.3390/laws10030068

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Brown, Martha A. 2021. "We Cannot Return to “Normal”: A Post-COVID Call for a Systems Approach to Implementing Restorative Justice in Education (RJE)" Laws 10, no. 3: 68. https://doi.org/10.3390/laws10030068

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