Restorative Practices in Baltimore City Public Schools

The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners and the Chief Executive Officer of Baltimore City Public Schools System (BCPSS), Dr. Sonja Santelises, have pledged to make BCPSS a restorative practices district over a five-year period. Open Society Institute-Baltimore has partnered with BCPSS to create an ambitious strategic plan to train staff in all offices, schools, and programs in restorative practices so that they can be integrated into daily routines throughout the district. (See the Baltimore City Schools’ restorative practices web page here.)

(See the one-page summary of Baltimore City Public Schools’ Restorative Practices Report, prepared by Open Society Institute-Baltimore)

Restorative Practices are already in place in a handful of Baltimore City schools, with great results. The video below, created by OSI-Baltimore grantee, Wide Angle Youth Media, explains what restorative practices are and how they are used as a way to resolve conflict and build positive relationships.

OSI-Baltimore’s commitment to Restorative Practices dates back to 2006, when OSI made a series of grants to Baltimore Curriculum Project and Community Conferencing Center (founded by OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow Lauren Abramson), among others.

Review the following materials for more information on restorative practices and the roll out in Baltimore City Public Schools:


About OSI Baltimore

Open Society Institute – Baltimore is a public charity and the sole field office of the Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs. We focus on the root causes of three intertwined problems in our city and state: drug addiction, an over-reliance on incarceration, and obstacles that impede youth in succeeding inside and out of the classroom. We believe that discussion and debate are critical to making positive, lasting changes. This site is a testing ground where ideas can be considered and discussion can be fostered.