Date of Graduation

Summer 8-17-2016

Document Type

Project

Degree Name

Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Kathy Raffel

Second Advisor

Kelly L'Engle

Abstract

In 2013, The Director of Student Support Services for the San Lorenzo Unified School District (SLZUSD) implemented a Restorative Practices program in an effort to improve relationships on campus and decrease suspension and expulsion rates in SLZUSD. The Directors push for RP was fueled by the passing of Assembly Bill 1729 (AB-1729), when the California Education Code changed to allow for alternative disciplinary actions. States nationwide have passed bills similar to AB-1729 and allowed schools to use alternative punitive practices. Despite good natured intentions there were many faculty members who did not respond with enthusiasm and there has since been an uphill battle in trying to gain buy-in and increase understanding of RP from faculty members.

The goal while working in SLZUSD was to assess the needs of the existing RP program and to provide recommendations on support systems and tools to increase the socio-emotional competency of teachers and improve the overall effectiveness of the program. The focus was on the teacher's role in the successful delivery of RP and what hindrances or external factors could be interfering with their views and attitudes about RP and its value. The underlying focus of the fieldwork as well as RP was to promote and maintain equality and positive learning for all pupils.