As part of a series of learning sessions focused on creating transformative, racially just and relationship-centered community schools, the California Partnership for the Future of Learning hosted its fifth session: Reimagining School Safety - Moving Towards Racially Just, Restorative School Cultures, on December 4th, 2023.
This session focused on using restorative practices as a way to reimagine school safety. It highlighted the research on school safety and the effectiveness of restorative practices, as well as recent shifts in California towards restorative practices. The session also featured how two school communities—Fremont High School in Oakland Unified School District and True North Organizing Network and Two Feathers Native American Family Services at Loleta Union Elementary School District—are implementing restorative practices, the systems and practices that support them, and the impact they can have on students’ well-being and academic outcomes.
As part of the design of these learning sessions, we tap into the wisdom and experience of a broad cross-section of experts—from students and families, to educators, organizers, community partners, and researchers. The following background materials, session recordings, and slide decks in English, Spanish and Arabic are aimed at providing additional resources for communities engaging in the process of creating and sustaining transformative community schools.