Recommended Videos for Developing Restorative Practices

Restorative Justice For Oakland Youth (RJOY)

Restorative Justice In Education

  • Ripples of Relationship – Restorative Justice in Education | Newfoundland/Labrador, Canada
    • Published on Dec 1, 2015,   16:16 minutes
    • A brief video applying theory and philosophy to principles and practice of restorative justice in education. Research supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and featuring Relationships First: RJ in Education Consortium – NL. (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada) Features Dorothy Vaandering, PH.D., co-author of The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education. Many good interviews of staff and footage of students in Circle.

Videos Providing Overview Of Restorative Practices In Schools

  • Restorative Practices and San Francisco Public Schools
    • Published in 2015—but maybe filmed in 2012.   15:26 minutes
    • The fundamental premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them. Restorative practices is a new field of study that has the potential to positively influence human behavior and strengthen civil society around the world. San Francisco schools are adapting Restorative Practices to build positive relationships and effect change in how teachers and students interact.
  • #InvestInSchoolsNotPolice
    • Published on Nov 12, 2015   4:57 minutes
    • If school districts are rethinking discipline, Teachers Unite members–NYC public school educators–want to make sure these “reforms” are done right. Schools need real resources and support to transform into restorative, just, and inclusive communities. Educators and students in NYC are calling for greater investment in public education and Restorative Justice and divestment from police in schools. Read more at…
  • A Restorative Approach to Discipline – Chicago Public Schools
    • Published on Jul 18, 2014   5:02 minutes
    • From the Office of Social & Emotional Learning at Chicago Public Schools. Interviews with teachers and students from a number of Chicago schools regarding the shift from punitive measures to the philosophy and practice of Restorative Justice.
  • Restorative Justice Now – Advancement Project
    • Published on Jul 6, 2016   2:28 minutes
    • The implementation of restorative justice in Alexandria, Virginia Public Schools is an example of what can happen when youth organize to dismantle the school to prison pipeline. In this video, members of Tenants and Workers United (TWU) talk about the power of restorative justice to transform schools and the work they’ve done to implement restorative justice in their own school. For more information, visit
  • Restorative Justice in Schools – Montbello High School, Colorado / Restorative Justice Colorado
    • Published on October 19, 2010   6:35 minutes
    • Montbello High School reduces suspension and expulsion rates by 30% using Restorative Justice. This film features a student and two RJ Coordinators.

Films From Restorative Resources: Santa Rosa, Ca

Videos That Focus On Restorative Circles In Schools

  • Restorative Justice in Oakland Schools: Tier One. Community Building Circle
    • Published on Oct 9, 2012   9:31 minutes
    • A pair of students at MetWest High School, an Oakland public school in Oakland, Calif., facilitate a community-building circle in their classroom.
  • Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management – Glenview Elementary
    • Published on Jul 4, 2014   4:04 minutes
    • At Glenview Elementary School, dialogue circles are part of a program aimed at building collaboration, respect, and positive behavior among students.
    • Glenview Elementary — Grades K-5 | Oakland, Ca
  • Restorative Practices – Peel Schools
    • Published 2014   7:03 minutes
    • RP are part of the Peel District School Board’s Climate of Learning and Working framework. The Peel board is committed to building and maintaining healthy relationships with a restorative approach. Shows Circles being used in various contexts, including teaching class content in Circle. Ontario Canada
  • An Introduction to Restorative Practices and Healing Circles – Spokane Public Schools
    • Published on Dec 12, 2016   6:10 minutes
    • Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, Restorative Practices became part of the new discipline policy. In conflict situations and misbehaviors, RP works to rebuild relationships, fix the harm created and build a positive school community. This video shows how Shaw Middle School is using healing circles to resolve a student conflict.
  • Talking About Circles in Schools – An Introduction
    • Published on Jul 18, 2014   5:25 minutes
    • Teachers and students talk about what it means to sit in circle and what Restorative Justice has meant to them.
  • SFUSD * Restorative Practices; Student Voices
    • Published on Jul 1, 2012   3:56 minutes
    • SFUSD has rolled out a District-wide implementation of Restorative Practices in dozens of schools. Restorative Practices is based on the assumption that students respond better when things are done WITH them rather than TO them. Students reflect on how they feel regarding the use of Restorative Circle in the classroom. This is a compilation of edits focused only on the comments of students taken from the film  Restorative Practices and San Francisco Public Schools.
  • Restorative Justice at La Follette High School – Madison Metropolitan School District
    • Published on Feb 3, 2015   2:24 minutes
    • La Follette High School students share their experiences with Restorative Justice Circles. Students have the opportunity to open up to one another and help each other talk through issues. This helps students find positive solutions to problems and motivates them to improve.
  • Wallenberg High School Circle Part 1 – San Francisco Unified School District
    • Published in 2014/2015 school year on SFUSD site / Vimeo   11:06 minutes
    • High School Students facilitate their own Circle, discussing Tardiness and difficulties with school. Part of a Peer to Peer program, students volunteer for leadership training, a program that includes Restorative Justice and learning to facilitate Circles.
  • Restorative Welcome and Re-entry Circle – Oakland Unified School District

TEDx Talks About The Paradigm Shift Required To Create Healthy Schools

  • Restorative Practices to Resolve Conflict/Build Relationships
    • Published on Jun 10, 2013   18:20 minutes
    • Katy Hutchison at TEDxWestVancouverED
    • Katy Hutchison became a Restorative Justice advocate following the murder of her first husband. After ten years of sharing her story internationally to over five hundred schools and community groups, she views the education system as the structure with the most potential to affect positive social change. Katy sits on the Boards of Restorative Practices International & Glenlyon Norfolk School and volunteers for Leave Out Violence (LOVE).
  • School Suspensions are an Adult Behavior
    • Published on Aug 1, 2016 12:23 minutes
    • Dr. Rosemarie Allen
    • There is an epidemic of school suspensions in the U.S. and the downstream consequences are severe. Adults suspend students, and while that may sound obvious, Rosemarie Allen realized that the problem might be the solution. When dealing with the difficult behaviors of children, what if we turned our focus inward?Dr. Rosemarie Allen works passionately to ensure that children have access to high-quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. She teaches classes at Metro State University focused on raising teachers’ awareness of the impact equity, privilege, and power can have in the classroom. Dr. Allen serves as an intern on the Early Childhood Task Force and is a respected keynote speaker on culturally responsive practices and cultural competence.

Responding To Respect, Kindness, Love – How We Learn Best

The following categories of videos are not strictly about Restorative Justice and Circles. However, they are addressing the same issues that are foundational in Restorative Practices—our values, how we treat one another, the power of our words and actions to build up or destroy.

Videos and Article about Kindness Projects in Schools

Taming Wild – A short documentary about a woman and a wild horse

  • 2016   43 minutes
  • Trailers and explanations of the project
  • Full length film on Vimeo –rent or purchased
  • This video and video clip aren’t about RJ or Circles…but I show them to demonstrate how all creatures—human and animal—respond to love and kindness, gentleness and respect. Sometimes seeing the interaction with an animal helps us better make the connection.
  • I have included this film in this list because, while talking about the relationship between humans and horses, the parallels about how we school and rule our children are striking. Compare what Andy Smallman says about the students at Puget Sound Community School—what motivates them to learn—with what motivated this horse to choose to be with, and do for Elsa Sinclair what traditionally we have forced horses to do. Some would argue that the end result is the same—we ride the horses and they go where we want, and our children grow up and go to college or trade school and hold jobs and have families of their own. But is it? Is the end result really the same?

This all started with a question. A question I found burning inside of me for an answer. What if horses were given a choice? Would they let us ride them? Without force, without tools to control them, without bribes to lure them?

Could I start with a wild horse, free and unfettered, develop a language with her, build a system of communication and convince her to let me ride, voluntarily? Could this wild horse and I connect in a way so magnetic, beautiful and irresistible that force, tools and bribes were proven unnecessary?

This film is the journey of one wild mustang off the range, Myrnah, a horse with her own mind, strength and sense of independence. One trainer, no tools, just body language. The ups and downs, the trials and frustrations, and the beauty and persevering truths connections brings in its wake.

Elsa Sinclair
(the woman in the film)

Taming Mustangs, Part 1 | A Wild Ride

  • Published on Aug 14, 2013   1:53 minutes
  • I’m including this short video clip to contrast with Elsa Sinclair’s Taming Wild experience. Like most educators, the hearts and desires of the trainers in this short video are good and well intentioned…but like so many of us parents and teachers who have been so saturated in a negative, punitive, authoritarian culture, we don’t realize there’s another way. A better way, perhaps.
  • In April three horse trainers picked up wild mustangs in Lorton, Va., to train and later compete in the Extreme Mustang Makeover in New Jersey. They have 120 days—4 months—to transform a wild horse into a show horse.

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