Restorative Practices

Congratulations to Kurt Blomberg, Restorative Practice Lead at Johnson High School, for being named 2017 SPFT ESP of the Year!

Hear from educators and students about the impact Restorative Practices are having at their schools (video). 

Want to learn more about Restorative Practices? There will be a circle keeper training open to the general public July 31 – August 3. Find the flyer here.

Restorative Practices in St. Paul

In 2015-16, the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers made restorative practices a central piece of our negotiations with Saint Paul Public Schools.

Restorative Practice Wall

What began as an attempt for SPFT to address school discipline issues has quickly changed into a new model for a healthy school culture at the pilot sites in SPPS. Restorative practices are a radical shift in the way members of our school communities relate to each other – focusing on intentional relationship building and shared problem solving, recognizing inequities, and proactively creating the type of culture we want in our classrooms and schools.

Restorative practices do not stop in the classroom; families and community members are invited into deeper relationships in the schools, truly becoming part of the community. When restorative practices are successful, families feel safe at their child’s school because they have deep, lasting relationships with a number of people.

Partnership with the District

SPFT won an agreement with the school district to initiate Restorative Practice Pilot Sites. Starting in the 2016-17 school year, SPPS will support restorative practices by providing six pilot schools up to $150,000 to create a site-based restorative practice plans. Three more schools will be added in the 2017-18 school year and a final three will be chosen for 2018-19.

2016-17 Pilot Sites

  • American Indian Magnet School
  • Farnsworth Aerospace Upper Campus
  • Johnson High School
  • Maxfield Elementary School
  • Murray Middle School
  • Riverview West Side School of Excellence

2017-18 Pilot Sites

  • Eastern Heights Elementary
  • Parkway Montessori Middle
  • Washington Technology Magnet

We know that there are already more interested sites than pilot spots, so SPFT is also working with community practitioners to develop a series of professional development opportunities for our members.

Additionally, as part of the agreement SPFT and Saint Paul Public Schools jointly hired a Restorative Practice Coordinator, Becky McCammon, to oversee the application process and implementation at the pilot sites. On the union’s end, this position is funded through a Great Public Schools Grant provided by the National Education Association.

Restorative Practice Summer Institute: Reclaiming and Restoring Humanity

SPFT is sponsoring a Restorative Practices Summer Institute August 16-18, 2017 from 8:30 – 3:30 each day. The institute will be held at the Education Minnesota Building (41 Sherburne Ave, St. Paul).

First impressions multi-cultural Boys group (circle)

Led by St. Paul Public School Restorative Practice leaders and community partners, this three day learning experience will engage your mind, body and heart in exploring pathways to understanding your personal and professional implementation of restorative practices. Social emotional learning, arts integration, racial equity, and mindfulness – all through the lens of circle processes and practices – will guide your learning and facilitation of restorative processes. Morning sessions will deepen your understanding of how restorative practices marries to your individual and school culture; afternoon sessions will support your planning and practice of circle processes anchored in community reflection.

Click HERE to register.


Meet Our Site Coordinators: Learn about the educators who implement restorative practices at pilot sites across the district.

Read Stories from Saint Paul: Evaluators from the University of Minnesota compiled stories about restorative practices from the 2015-16 pilot sites.

Restorative Practices Professional Development for Educators: Learn about professional development opportunities offered through SPFT available both to our members and other educators.

Community Introduction to Restorative Practices: Are you a community member or parent who wants to learn more about restorative practices in Saint Paul Public Schools? Come to one of our community events.

Restorative Practice Narrative (2015): SPFT bargained for restorative practice pilot sites in our 2015-16 contract negotiations. Find out why.

ResourcesRestorative practice resources available for Saint Paul educators.