Restorative Discipline Practices in Texas

Restorative Discipline Practices (RDP) in Texas began in the Fall of 2015. The Texas Education Agency partnered with the Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue at The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work to participate in a statewide roll out.

A grant provided training to ten of the twenty education service centers and school districts in Texas. The first ten service centers were selected based on the number of African American males that were suspended from the school districts in their regions. The training occurred in two parts. The first part included a two-day administrator readiness training, the second part a five-day coordinator training. The remaining ten regional service centers will receive the same training.

The goal is to plant the restorative discipline practices seeds across Texas. 1,400 administrators and 400 coordinators obtained training as of the fall 2016.

The Texas Definition of Restorative Discipline

Marilyn Armour, Ph.D., defines restorative discipline as a relational approach to building school climate and addressing student behavior. The approach fosters belonging over exclusion, social engagement over control, and meaningful accountability over punishment.

An overview of Restorative Discipline Practices in Texas training is available on the Texas Gateway at 

RDP Fidelity Continuum Scale (FCS) & Data Collection Sheet

Get Recognized for your work! Complete the FCS and Data Collection Sheet between January 1, 2019 through May 31, 2019 to be considered for our RDP Badge below. To submit your FCS entries online, please go to RD FCS Entry (not available until January 1, 2019). A Sample Data Collection Sheet is provided for you to fill out and email to

Once the FCS and the Data Collection Sheet are submitted for one or more semesters, the information will be reviewed. Upon verification, the school will be considered for a RDP Badge for the campus.

  RDP Badge(1)

The RDP Implementation Fidelity Scale is a tool for school districts and campuses to use as a guide.

RDP Implementation Fidelity Scale (PDF)

 Lesson Plan for Circles

An introductory training in the basic principles, values, and processes of Restorative Discipline Practices and interventions in school settings is necessary to build community and for responding to challenging, behavior through open dialogue, coming to an understanding, and opportunities to set things right. After you have attended training for Restorative Discipline Practices and have an understanding of the circle process and how to facilitate circles, this sample lesson plan will assist you as begin to experience circles in your classroom with your students.

Sample Lesson Plan

Sample Lesson Plan Template

Stand-Alone RDP Training Sessions

RDP Stand-Alone Training of Trainers is FREE but limited to 40 participants per session. If there are vacancies in the session you select, your registration form will be accepted and a confirmation notice sent via email. CPE Credit will be given for attendance.  

NOTE: Two to three registrants per school district will be allowed to attend training. Each individual should register using their own email address. If a registrant has not attended Administrator Training, but will attend the Coordinator Training they should secure a copy of the RDP Training Resources.

All sessions will be held at the Texas Education Agency from 8:00am-5:00pm. Lunch is not provided. These are some hotels near the William B. Travis building.

2018 RDP Training Dates

The Administrator Training is an overview of restorative discipline practices and training for Tier I Circles. To register for an Administrator Training session held on the dates below, select the following link:

Administrator Training (Click external link to register online.)

December 4, 2018 (registration now closed)   
January 8, 2019 (Tuesday) from 8 AM to 5 PM
February 5, 2019 (Tuesday) from 8 AM to 5 PM
March 5, 2019 (Tuesday) from 8 AM to 5 PM

The Campus Coordinator Training centers around Tier II and Tier III Circles. To register for a Coordinator Training session held on the dates below, select the following link: 

Coordinator Training (Click external link to register online.)

December 5-7, 2018 (registration now closed)
January 9-11, 2019 (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday) from 8 AM to 5 PM
February 6-8, 2019 (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday) from 8 AM to 5 PM
March 6-8, 2019 (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday) from 8 AM to 5 PM

2017 RDP Training Photos

 Additional training photographs may be viewed in the Restorative Discipline Practices photo album at RDP Training Participants July 2017 RDP Training Participants July 2017

RDP and University Keynote Speakers

 RDP Presentation in South Africa in partnership with the University of Kwazula-Natal. Dr. Lang introduced keynote speaker Dr. Matula