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An Introduction to ‘Discipline that Restores’

Claassen, Ron
June 4, 2015

Source: (2002) Fresno: Center For Peacemaking and Conflict Studies. 17 October 2002

Ron Claassen describes a restorative disciplinary program used in a school in California. The program, “Discipline that Restores” (DTR), was developed by Ron Claassen and his wife, Roxanne, to apply restorative justice principles in a school setting. A teacher in the school, Roxanne uses the program in her class of eighth graders, and they provide training for other teachers in the school. In this paper, Ron Claassen explains the principles of “Discipline that Restores,” sketches a model he developed to illustrate four options for handling conflict, and recounts how another teacher uses a modification of victim-offender reconciliation to deal with conflicts between students and teachers.


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