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Re-engaging Students and Improving School Climate and Safety in Saint Paul Public Schools: A Descriptive Pilot Study

Schools typically are some of the safest places for youth; however, school violence is prevalent. Recent events in Saint Paul schools have stimulated the teacher’s union to call for more attention to restorative practices and school climate. The proposed two-part, mixed method project consists of a school-nonprofit-university partnership to decrease school disengagement and violence and improve school climate and safety for students in Saint Paul. First, we will evaluate a restorative conferencing program for students involved in serious behavioral incidents through analysis of survey and interview data. Second, we will describe school climate and environmental influences on safety and student support through collection of qualitative data from “go-along” interviews of school staff and students as they walk us around their schools, in addition to using a novel observational tool to measure schools’ physical and social environments. Results will be used to improve the safety and academic achievement of our youth. Researcher: Barbara J. McMorris (School of Nursing)

Project Award Date: 
Community organization or agency: 
Saint Paul Public Schools
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CURA Contact: 
Edward Goetz Director, CURA (612) 624-8737