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School Climate and Culture


The Educated Edge offers a two-year restorative practices implementation program designed to support schools and districts in:

  • Enhancing social and emotional literacy for both staff and students
  • Fostering relationships between administration, staff, students, and parents
  • Improving school connectedness
  • Increasing academic instruction time


Don’t just believe what we say, see what we do.

We are committed to improving and empowering schools by reducing:

  • Bullying, harassment, and other social-isolating offenses
  • Behavior referrals
  • Chronic absenteeism
  • Suspensions and expulsions

The figures below compare four urban high schools within a single school district, reporting similar demographics across gender, race/ethnicity, and free-or-reduced lunch rates. The data controls for school population and was collected between September 2016 – February 2017.

One school implemented restorative practices with Melissa.


Figure 1 represents the distribution of the total number of students in the sample
across schools. All enrolled students from each school are observed:












Figure 2 represents the distribution of total out-of-school suspensions across schools.
Total suspension rates for each school are consistent with school size:











Figure 3 controls for school size, with Restorative reporting the lowest
suspension-to-enrollment rate in the sample:












The Proactive Work of Restorative Practices Also Reduced:


Behavior Referrals by 27%            Conflict Mediations by 31%

Parent Re-entry Conferences by 30%

What Gets Measured, Gets Done!

Building & Restoring Educational Communities


The Educated Edge provides affordable, effective and evidenced-based training and consulting to educational practitioners throughout the U.S.


The Educated Edge, LLC

Melissa A. Ugarte

c/o East Bay Collaborative

317 Market Street

Warren, RI 02885

Phone: (401) 588-4210



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