Restorative Approaches Collaborative

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The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and C-DRUM are collaborating to increase the capacity of school districts around the state to implement restorative approaches to discipline.

In May 2019, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation directing MSDE to provide significant support to Maryland schools in the implementation of restorative approaches. This includes “technical assistance and training to county boards regarding the use of restorative approaches” as well as assistance to “each county board with the implementation of the guidelines.”

The Collaborative’s comprehensive approach involves a series of programs, educational tools, and services aimed at supporting local school and school leaders as well as educators and staff.

Starting in the 2020-2021 academic year, C-DRUM and MSDE have launched a series of initiatives:  
  • Restorative Approaches Landscape: Using surveys, interviews, and data analysis, the Restorative Approaches Landscape will provide a snapshot into the status of each local school system in their implementation of restorative approaches. Knowledge of the commonalities and differences in various districts will help inform state-wide efforts and identify opportunities for further growth.  
  • Virtual Professional Development: Starting in winter of 2020 and continuing into the next year, C-DRUM will host virtual online professional development workshops to provide school leaders and classroom educators with foundational instruction to the underlying restorative framework, as well as restorative tools and processes.
  • Coordination and Alignment with Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS): Participation in MSDE’s State Leadership Team Meeting and State Management Team meetings will allow C-DRUM to support MSDE’s coordination with respect to other key initiatives such as PBIS.  
  • Access to Relevant Restorative Approaches Materials and Research: C-DRUM's website provides extensive resources on restorative approaches and peer mediation. Through the Restorative Approaches Collaborative, C-DRUM will work with MSDE to develop a website featuring materials on restorative approaches in schools.

For more information and resources please visit the C-DRUM website: Restorative Practices Resource.


Contact Information

Brad Engel
Specialist, School Climate Initiatives Inter-Agency Collaboration
Division of Student Support, Academic Enrichment, and Educational Policy
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
Brad.Engel@Maryland.gov
410-767-0306 (Office)
410-333-0880 (Fax)