What is Restorative Practices?

Restorative Practices is a way of thinking and being that cultivates community, supporting well-being and achievement. Restorative Practices fosters the conditions that promote a positive sense of self, spirit and belonging. Restorative Practices provides a framework to maintain community when challenges and conflicts arise and to restore community when needed.

What’s new in current articles and research?

The Efficacy of Virtual Instruction in K12 Education: A Review of the Literature, Georgia State U

“given the current public health crisis, schools may have little choice in providing
some or all instruction remotely. Thus, a major concern is how to provide the best remote instruction
possible under the current circumstances. Unfortunately, existing research provides litle reliable evidence
on which online learning practices are most effective, and the few existing causal studies yield inconsistent
results. Similarly, there is a lack of consistent evidence on the relationship between teacher experience
and effectiveness in an online learning environment.”

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Remote learning is here to stay: RAND report key US findings

“About two in ten districts have already adopted, plan to adopt, or are considering adopting virtual school as part of their district portfolio after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. District leaders cited reasons related to student and parent demand for continuing various forms of online instruction in future years.”

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Survey: Students Want More Opportunities to Connect With Teachers During the Pandemic: Education Week

“the survey also found that Black students, in particular, were more likely to have experienced economic hardships as a result of the pandemic: 37 percent of Black students said that at least one of the adults in their household had lost their job due to the coronavirus, compared to 27 percent of Latino students, 23 percent of white students, and 16 percent of Asian American and Pacific Islander students.”

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