While there are many possible resources for restorative practices, look for those resources with consistent language. For instance, many refer to bullies, victims and bystanders. These are labeling words that affect the way we see individuals in their respective roles and may not promote a positive framework. So if a book contains this language, it will be problematic for some to use this language while others are referring to harm and harmers.
If you find a new resource and read about strategies for handling specific circumstances, be sure the solution you implement matches the over arching goal (or mission) you started with. As a new theory or a new practice becomes available, think about how it matches what you are currently doing, and make sure you are keeping everyone informed of any new ideas or strategies you wish to promote. A seamless, consistent message with common goals will contribute to overall best practices.
Here are a few recommended books written by Lynne Lang for reading and discussion:
Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline: a comprehensive guide
Everything you need to know in order to begin implementing VBRD. Good for a staff book study or a parent information. A “must have” for your resource library. 186 pages
$20 plus shipping & handling
Revised Primer for VBRD Implementation Revised
This workbook resource is only available to school teams as part of the training package. Schools currently working with the VBRD Support Team can order additional copies. A good team/staff resource companion to the VBRD Comprehensive Guide. 44 pages
$20 plus shipping & handling
A great new resource with two sections: one for home and one for school. Learn the basic circle process and from there use a variety of topics and formats for training specific to VBRD. Cross-age lesson planning for older students and instructions for families. 92 pages
Cost: $25 plus $2 shipping & handling
Restorative Faith Communities Can Change the World
You can change the climate in your school and parish, and in doing so, equip the members of your community to be even more alive in Christ. When our Catholic communities are stronger, we can make a greater impact in the larger community and in the world. The heart of the shift begins by embracing and living the virtues. This book outlines three powerful steps you can take to make lasting differences in your community as well as your own life. 48 pages
$10.00 each plus shipping & handling
VBRD Interactive Training Series for Adults
This newest resource (Summer 2014 release) is a great way to provide adults – at home and at school – with a guide to the principles of Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline. A video resource offers 10 topics on VBRD, including a brief overview, guiding principles, simple tips for conflicts, application of restorative practices, giving a good apology, and dealing with tough situations. Each video clip is less than 10 minutes, and a facilitator guide provides information for viewing and reflections on each segment. Participant guides provide text from the videos and space for notes and reflections. Ideally, this would be used as an agenda item for staff meetings to familiarize everyone with the VBRD Team efforts.
One Facilitator Guide, one DVD with 10 segments, 12 Participant Guides with each order. Teams must have attended a full VBRD training in order to take advantage of this resource.
$200 for each set plus shipping & handling
Catholic Parent Know How by Our Sunday Visitor Publishing
This eight-page booklet can offer a strong foundation for families in both virtue and restorative practices for the home. Available in both English and Spanish.
Learn the central virtues to Catholic teaching, tips for living a virtuous life, and discuss discipline practices that can enable your family to grow closer to Christ. By considering ways that discipline can be formative rather than punitive, prayer and reflection on virtue can bring about change for good!
To order through Our Sunday Visitor, look for Catholic Parent Know How, Virtue & Discipline: https://catalog.osv.com/Catalog.aspx
The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time
By Lawrence G. Lovasik
Sophia Institute Press, October 1999
This is a great resource for those wanting to “transform the world, one soul at a time.”
The Virtue Driven Life
By Benedict Groeschel
Our Sunday Visitor, September 2006
With a focus on the seven key virtues, this book challenges its readers to consider the importance of each virtue and reflect on personal change.
Creating Emotionally Safe Schools: A Guide for Educators and Parents
By Jane Bluestein
HCI, August 2001
Brain research, countless good examples, and a survey for your school all provide a rich resource for any educator interested in transforming the school into a place where adults and children flourish.
The LIttle Book Series: Look for these great resource guides for book study
The Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools: Teaching Responsibility; Creating Caring Climates (The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding Series)
The Little Book of Biblical Justice A Fresh Approach to the Bible’s Teaching on Justice (Paperback)
The Little Book of Circle Processes : A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking (The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding Series) (Little Books of Justice & Peacebuilding) Paperback
by Kay Pranis
By Ron and Roxanne Claassen
BookSurge Publishing, October 2008
This practical guide to restorative discipline for schools can provide details for planning and implementing this model in any school setting. The book provides a good historical background, and the experience of the coauthors offers solid information for educators and counselors interested in developing a restorative model.