Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa

Second Reader

Amie Lorence;


The impact of restorative practices on school climate is affirmed as the fostering of teacher-student relationship impacts connection, empathy, and social skills. Bullying decreased, self-advocacy increased, and school communities became both more present and calmer comparatively. Communication increased with an acquisition of restorative language, learning outcomes increased when students were in the classroom, and authenticity was formed. The mode of restorative intervention was interchangeable to best meet the needs of the proactive or reactive approach. The impact of school climate and the longevity of restorative practice was dependent upon the process of implementation, the culture of the school, and investment to create real, sustainable change.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis