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Ms. Bass from Los Angeles CA is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

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Student Success Using Classroom Circles

I need 25 sets of the book Better Than Carrots: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management for all of the teachers at my school to better understand how to support students with behavior problems.

  • $723 goal

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My Students

I work in an underserved area of Los Angeles, most commonly called Watts. My school is tucked in the middle of a small neighborhood and right around the corner from the exact location where the Watts Riots began. And although most communities rise from ashes, this area still has a lot of rising to do. Our school qualifies for free lunch for all students, because many of the families live below the poverty line and DO need the meals our school provides.

Our school is about to begin a restorative justice program , which means we are committed to reducing the number of students that are suspended or sent out of the classroom.

We have a lot of work to do, and very few materials to be able to achieve the goals we have set in motion.

Our school is about 70% Latino and 30% African American. Our staff is working diligently to make sure these groups of students are in the classroom the most amount of time to make sure they are college/career ready in the future.

My Project

With these sets of books, I will guide the teachers through understanding the beginning stages of Restorative Justice and community building in their classrooms. Restorative Justice is a new way of thinking about discipline in schools. In schools with behavior issues, instead of making discipline punitive, it teaches students to think about how their behavior affects the people they harmed or hurt. It allows the harmed person a chance to say how it affected them and gives them the opportunity to tell the student who harmed them what they can do to make them whole.

Restorative Justice in individual classrooms means that you build relationships so that kids are less likely to harm each other.

Students are given an opportunity to share personal things about themselves and so is the teacher. It builds a classroom community. My hope is that using the book and with my guided instruction, teachers will conduct community circles in the classroom and as we get better we will see discipline problems decrease.

Ms. Bass
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management • Amazon Business $21.12 25 $528.00

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