School-based Restorative Practices and Students' Academic Outcome
Studying the Relationship between Restorative Practices and Academic Outcomes
How are students' test scores and attendance impacted by their participation in restorative practices? A quantitative, longitudinal study drawing on the expertise of DU's Yolanda Anyon and researchers from the University of Missouri at Columbia sought to answer this question to better inform disciplinary practices in public schools. We believe the research and ingenuity generated through collaborations like this are essential as we work to influence policy and improve educational outcomes.
About Our Research
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About the Study
The collaborative study used statistical modeling of administrative (secondary) data from Denver Public Schools about all students with discipline incidents in grades K-12. If participation in restorative practices was positively associated with academic outcomes, this evidence could be used to advocate for expanded implementation of this approach to discipline in schools.
With funding and support from Denver Public Schools, this partnership between the University of Denver and the University of Missouri at Columbia advances understanding of discipline's effectiveness in grade school and the benefits of restorative practices.
Yolanda Anyon is an associate professor at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work. Her work focuses on the role of public schools and nonprofit organizations in youth development. Racial disparities in school discipline, restorative justice and youth participatory action are crucial topics in her community-engaged research.