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 positions of authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them. Restorative practices include the use of informal and formal processes that precede negative behavior, those that proactively build relationships and a sense of community to prevent conflict and wrongdoing. Restorative practices can develop better relationships among students and staff and help the school function more effectively. Restorative practices has been shown to reliably reduce misbehavior, bullying, violence and crime among students and improve the overall climate for learning. For more information about Restorative Practices go to