Source: (2006) Paper from "The Next Step: Developing Restorative Communities, Part 2," the IIRP’s 8th International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, October 18-20, 2006, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.

The principles and philosophy of restorative measures are congruent with many programs and curricula that teach social emotional learning and classroom and behavior management. Restorative practices—circles to repair harm or restorative group conferences, as well as family group decision making and restorative peer juries—give educators an effective means of helping students practice the social skills they have been taught, under real and significant circumstances. When students have a vested interest in a fight or bullying situation, either as a victim, offender or bystander, they will learn more deeply as they practice repairing harm, communicating feelings, and problem solving. (excerpt)