Publication Date


First Advisor

Fred Newdom

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Study Type

Mixed methods

Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School for Social Work


Restorative justice, Restorative practices, Public education, School to prison pipeline, Culture change, Organizational culture change, Implementation


Factors associated with successful implementation of school-based restorative justice communities were examined. Restorative practices are alternatives to zero-tolerance, top down approaches that emphasize social engagement over social control (i.e. proactive and reactive responses promote school safety and health). A mixed-methods, survey-based, approach was selected for data collection. Front-line school-based practitioners and administrators from various schools/districts in the Bay Area of California were informed of the study via email and invited to complete an online survey. Analysis of the 37 completed responses suggest that implementation involves various stages that can be identified by practitioners and successful engagement of the wider community is a goal for effectiveness and sustainability. The study highlights the complexities and messiness of planning, managing, and sustaining small or large scale processes of change. Findings support the literature which indicates how a whole school approach improves the likelihood of successful outcomes by clarifying stages of implementation and associated steps.


©2018 Vanessa Shea




iv, 109 pages : color illustrations. Includes bibliographical references (pages 86-98)