Student and Family Support and Engagement


Restorative Justice

Empowering the Student Voice to Facilitate Student Success


What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative Justice is an approach to building community, self-care, and conflict resolution. It's a social justice platform that allows students to:

  • Actively engage and problem-solve physical, psychological, social and disciplinary issues that affect themselves and the community.
  • Take responsibility for their actions.
  • Work with those affected to restore and/or repair the members and community who were harmed as a result of those actions.

Restorative Justice Practices

Listen to how restorative practices focus on relationships, responsibility, and accountability


Principles of Restorative Justice

We work together to foster the physical, social, psychological, and academic well-being of students, staff, and families through:

building community Building Community: Strengthen relationships and build community by encouraging a safe and caring school climate.

self-care Self-Care: Reduce, prevent, and improve harmful behaviors.

conflict resolution Conflict Resolution: Increase accountability through identifying problems and solutions and restoring positive relationships.

The MCPS Restorative Justice Unit will prepare and engage all stakeholders in restorative practices through meaningful trainings, school-level support, collegial collaboration, and supported community partnerships.

Learn more about our program in our Restorative Justice Brochure

Restorative Justice Parent Workshops

Interactive workshops provide families with an overview of restorative justice practices and illustrate how they are successfully used in schools.


Restorative Justice Menu of Services: Information and resources on the philosophy of Restorative Justice and the different levels of support provided to schools.

Interested in bringing Restorative Justice to your school?  We are ready to welcome you to the team!  Just complete the Restorative Justice Sign-Up Form.

Participation in the Evaluation of Restorative Justice and Behavioral Intervention Supports Study
MCPS has partnered with RAND Corporation to conduct a study of school behavior management strategies, specifically restorative justice and positive behavioral intervention supports (PBIS). RAND will collect student perspectives through observations and student surveys throughout this three-year evaluation cycle.

For more information about the RAND Corporation and the study, please refer to the resources below:

Parent Consent Form for Student Participation
Parent Consent Form for Student Participation en Español

Study Information Webinar Slides
Study Information Slides en Español

Restorative Justice and PBIS in MCPS Coordinator Webinar

SUPRE – A Be Well 365 Social-Emotional Response to Substance Use

COMING SOON:  Prevention and Resiliency Education (SUPRE)

Substance Use Prevention and Resiliency Education (SUPRE) is a screening and psychoeducational substance use program designed for high school students who have committed a substance use disciplinary incident on school grounds. It is designed to address the essentials of Be Well 365, especially Mental and Emotional Health and Physical Health and Wellness. The goal of SUPRE is to increase student and parent/guardian awareness of the potential consequences of substance use. Students should be referred to this program by the school administrator responsible for handling the behavioral consequences for the substance use incident.

Through a collaborative effort, Robert Alvarez, the Deputy Director of Training Operations for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and MCPS staff members created, revised and edited the program in order to ensure fidelity in its implementation. Trained MCPS Restorative Justice Specialist will be co-facilitators. SUPRE classes will be held at the Carver Educational Services Center or if needed, a virtual platform will be available on Zoom.

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Mindful Moment Video Series

Simple and effective tools for students and their families to help with managing stress and anxiety:

Mindfulness Resources - A list of resources for those interested in exploring mindfulness further.

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