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Restorative Practices Resources

These resources were designed for ALL schools and ALL educators who want to learn more about how to embed restorative practices in the school culture.

In 2019 the Vermont Agency of Education offered grant opportunities to support the development of the restorative approach in Vermont schools. These grant allocations were the result of several legislative hearings where experts in the field, alongside educators and students, spoke to the need for a restorative approach in addressing not only issues of equity in schools but the need to develop learning environments where everyone experiences safety, respect, belonging, voice and accountability. UP for Learning shared leadership of this grant with UVM’s Best Institute, and continues to manage and lead the major grant deliverable – the Vermont Restorative Approaches Collaborative (VTRAC).

This work in Vermont represents a tiny portion of what is happening all over the country and the world to change how schools meet the social, emotional, and ethical needs of their school communities. We are therefore deeply grateful to all those who are already doing this work and so graciously share their knowledge as well as to the First Nations people from whom the principles of this work originated. UP for Learning also appreciates the ongoing contributions and expertise of the VTRAC membership.

Whether you are looking for introductory text or guides to implementation, the VTRAC has compiled books, articles, podcasts, and more.

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Join us for a four-part in-depth look at integrating RP into your school routines. 

Dr. Valerie Wood hosts an episode of the podcast that looks at the recent RISE VT project: Restorative approaches Implementation for School Equity in Vermont.

Circle Forward: Building a Restorative School Community by Carolyn Boyes-Watson and Kay Pranis – This book has become the required text/manual for schools looking to implement RP.

One of the many things I value about working at UP for Learning is that, as a staff, we practice the same things we work

On Tuesday, September 27th, middle and high school youth and adult teams from Proctor HS, Poultney HS, Rutland Town School and West Rutland School came