Restorative Justice

WISD Restorative Justice Vision 2019/2020

We consistently and inclusively invest in making relationships matter most in successful learning communities where the dignity, rights, and needs of all members are valued and respected. We are building a restorative community that is safe, supportive and conscious of injustice. When community is harmed, accountability involves collaborative communication, skills-building, and harm-healing to build trust and strengthen relationships.

Mission and Strategic Priorities

  • supporting adoption of restorative justice philosophy and practices throughout the Washtenaw Intermediate School District,
  • providing training and support for schools to regularly practice staff- and student-led circles for learning, community-building, and addressing conflict and misconduct using trauma-sensitive approaches,
  • hosting peer-mediation teams/councils that help address conflict and identify situations of harm that need to be addressed,
  • offering conflict coaching for members at all levels of the learning community,
  • hosting collaborative networks of practitioners who will engage and empower schools to adopt relationship-focused paradigm.

2019/2020 Calendar:

WISD Restorative Justice 2019/2020 Calendar (pdf)

WISD Restorative Justice 2019/2020 Flyer (pdf)


WISD Restorative Justice Vision & Mission Statement (pdf)

WISD Restorative Justice Vision Summary Report 2019/2020 (pdf)

WISD Restorative Justice Strategic Initiatives 2019/2020 (pdf)

Restorative Justice in Education:

Books (pdf) | Websites (pdf) | Article(pdf) | Manuals (pdf)

Videos: Coming Soon

For Restorative Justice Services and Training for Special Education Circles, contact Dispute Resolution Education Resources at (833) 543-7178.

Restorative Justice Tools from Trainings:

Preconferencing Worksheet (pdf)

Circle Checklist (pdf)

Outcome Plan Agreement (pdf)

Elementary Student Restorative Thinking (pdf)

Restorative Thinking Form (pdf)


Strategic Initiative:

Hosting peer-mediation teams/councils that help address conflict and identify situations of harm that need to be addressed.



Student Peer Mediation Participating Schools as of February 2020:

ACCE High School—Advisor, Lauren Fardig-Diop

A2STEAM—Advisor, Stuart Parness

Community High School—Advisor, Amy McLoughlin

Lincoln High School—Advisor, Luke Moore

Pathways to Success Academy—Advisor, CJ Ford

Pioneer High School—Advisor, Allen Porter

Scarlett Middle School—Advisor, Robyn Watson

Skyline High School—Advisors, Heather Schimmel, Charissa Bass, Brandon Bedinger

Ypsilanti Community High School—Advisors, Valencia Brooks, Cherisa Allen, Steven Hall

WISD Hosts a Collaboration Session for Advisors the second Thursday of each month from 8:30am to 9:30am on ZOOM. Contact Jessica Carruba at (734) 994-8100 x1273 for more details. Minutes from those sessions are available upon request.

Resources to Support & Manage P-M-P Operations in Schools:

Considerations and Commitments for Hosting a Peers-Making-Peace Team (pdf) developed by P-M-P Trainers and advisors, Belinda Dulin and Amy McLoughlin.

Training & Support Schedule 2019-2020 (pdf)

Restorative Intervention Sample Log (pdf) developed by Lauren Fardig-Diop of ACCE HS.

Sample Behavior Response Chart Used at ACCE HS (pdf) shared by Lauren Fardig-Diop.

Circle Planning Template (pdf) developed by Lauren Fardig-Diop of ACCE HS.

Sample Circle Centerpiece (pdf) developed by Valencia Brooks and Lauren Fardig-Diop.

Peers-Making-Peace Web page (link coming soon) developed by Luke Moore and students at Lincoln High School.

Video Example of Student Peer Mediators in Action (link) MetWest High School students and advisor show us how they do circle in the Oakland (CA) Unified School District.