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District Announces Plans to Advance Restorative Practices in Pittsburgh Public Schools

PITTSBURGH, April 22, 2015--United States Attorney David J. Hickton joined Superintendent Linda Lane and District staff at a news conference today held to advance restorative practices in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Last October, Attorney Hickton
announced the Pittsburgh Public Schools earned a $3 Million grant aimed at “Developing Knowledge About What Works to Make Schools Safe.” Motivated by the positive outcomes that restorative practices have demonstrated in changing the dynamic between student and adults, the District announced 23 schools who will implement a restorative practice program starting with the 2015-2016 school year. 

“Exclusionary discipline has its place in school settings, but we know this practice alone does not improve school culture and disproportionally impacts students of color,” said Superintendent Linda Lane. “Restorative practices builds community to reduce
and provides a way to restore oneself to that community should misconduct take place. The process of restoration can significantly reduce the reoccurrence of misconduct.”

Board Members Restorative Practice  In October 2014, the Pittsburgh Board of Education accepted a Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI) grant from the U.S. Department of Justice in the amount of $3,021,407 to support a three-year program, Pursuing Equitable Restorative Communities
(PERC). PERC will measure the impact of restorative practices on school safety and climate.

In January 2015, the Board authorized contracts with the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), who will provide access to its restorative practices program, titled SaferSanerSchools™ Whole-School Change (WSC), and the RAND Corporation, who will provide objective evaluation of the impact of the WSC program. 

SaferSanerSchools is a comprehensivetwo-year school implementation program that engages all school staff in restorative practices. IIRP helps school leadership and staff develop customized plans based on their needs and goals. IIRP also organizes staff “professional learning groups,” delivers onsite professional development and regularly holds follow-up phone meetings. 

Attorney Hickton and Dr. Lane  The purpose of the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative is “to contribute significantly to the base of knowledge about specific
activities that improve school safety in a sustainable and cost effective manner.” RAND will use multiple measures to determine the
effectiveness of restorative practices within the Pittsburgh Public Schools. RAND employed a randomized controlled trial, to select schools to participate in the SaferSanerSchools program.

Of the 46 eligible schools, each was matched with a school according to similar grade configuration, demographics, student conduct and other data. Half of the 46 eligible schools were selected to implement the WSC program during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. The other half of eligible schools will not implement the SaferSanerSchools program during the two years of the study.
The list of Restorative Practice Schools and Control Schools is below.

Restorative Practices Schools

Schools Not Selected

Pittsburgh Allegheny 6-8 

Pittsburgh Westinghouse Academy 6-12

Pittsburgh Langley K-8

Pittsburgh Arlington PreK-8 

Pittsburgh Brashear High School  

Pittsburgh Perry High School  

Pittsburgh South Hills  6-8

Pittsburgh Schiller 6-8

Pittsburgh Sterrett 6-8 

Pittsburgh Arsenal 6-8 

Pittsburgh Spring Hill K-5 

Pittsburgh Manchester PreK-8 

Pittsburgh South Brook 6-8 

Pittsburgh Carrick High School  

Pittsburgh Mifflin PreK-8 

Pittsburgh Montessori PreK-8. 

Pittsburgh Lincoln K-5

Pittsburgh Arsenal PreK-5 

Pittsburgh Morrow PreK-8 

Pittsburgh Sunnyside PreK-8 

Pittsburgh Minadeo PreK-8 

Pittsburgh Weil PreK-5

Pittsburgh Linden K-5 

Pittsburgh King PreK-8 

Pittsburgh Westwood K-5 

Pittsburgh Allegheny K-5

Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy

Pittsburgh Classical 6-8 

Pittsburgh Concord PreK-5 

Pittsburgh Fulton PreK-5

Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 

Pittsburgh Liberty K-5 

Pittsburgh Faison PreK-5

Pittsburgh Roosevelt

Pittsburgh Woolslair K-5

Pittsburgh Carmalt PreK-8

Pittsburgh West Liberty K-5

Pittsburgh Grandview K-5 

Pittsburgh Greenfield PreK-8 

Pittsburgh Colfax K-8 

Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12

Pittsburgh Brookline K-8 

Pittsburgh Beechwood PreK-5

Pittsburgh Dilworth PreK-5

Pittsburgh Banksville PreK-5

Pittsburgh Whittier K-5