Testimonials of Educators who got Training in Restitution

“With Restitution, incidents of violence have dropped and our jobs are easier and more satisfying!”
Patrick Palan, Assistant Principal
Roosevelt High School
Minneapolis, Minnesota

“If it isn’t fun, it isn’t Restitution!”
Joel Shimoji & Lyle Morris, High School Math Teachers
Louis Riel School Division
Winnipeg, Manitoba

“Never before have we entered a district where the readiness for change among the teachers and the self direction of students was so established. Restitution enabled us to move directly into more advanced stages of Integrated Thematic Instruction.”
Nicole McNeil-Miller, CEO
Susan Kovalik & Associates

“Restitution – a sensible way of working with students to solve problems.”
Alfie Kohn, author of Punished by Rewards

“Restitution helps students make the right choices from within. It is learning rather than teaching.”
Bryant Christenson, Teacher
Isle High School, MN

“Helping students learn more effective behaviors for fulfilling their basic psychological needs should be a major goal for all schools. Restitution helps students learn a better way.”
Dr. Albert Mamary, Former Superintendent
Johnson City Schools, NY

It’s amazing how dramatically the discipline problems went away.”
Leonard Mayo, Principal
Hillsborough, North Carolina

“No longer am I the person in charge of (the students”) misbehavior. They are responsible for it. They handle it. They deal with it. My kids are now not as impulsive in doing things.”
Nafiskas McClain, Special Education Teacher
North Carolina

“I think restitution is a much more psychologically sound approach. We give ourselves, as adults, lots of opportunities for making things right. I think it’s important for children to have those same opportunities. It’s much more fair and much more self-esteem building.”
Marge Grossfeld, Teacher
North Carolina

“This is an economic and visually appealing training program… It conveys the concepts of teaching responsibility to students.”
Joan Redalen, Director of Instruction
Marshalltown Community School District
Marshalltown, Iowa

“I was considering taking early retirement when I rediscovered Glasser’s ideas being implemented in the materials of Diane Gossen…These practical approaches to self-discipline work really well. They can change your life. I’m staying in education for the long haul.”
Carolyn Bond Morrison, Executive Assistant
Raleigh Technical Assistance Center
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Teachers say that they learned:

  • To look at what needs are not met when a child is misbehaving.
  • What I need to do for myself before I am able to be a better person for the kids.
  • I am going to use this for my own personal relationships and for communicating better with the kids!
  • We need to be happy or at peace with our personal life before we can be supportive to others or students.
  • How to treat people
  • To see more of the positive in life!
  • How to be a monitor and manager.
  • A shift in paradigm and real life application methods to improve not only my conflict resolution strategies but also my relationships with students and family.
  • I will put to use of going from a punisher, guilter type of person to get to the manager position.
  • Great new ideas of how to use restitution and how to better teach it to my students
  • How to meet the Needs of the Learners
  • Some new insights into dealing with difficult behaviors
  • How to help students become more responsible for their behavior
  • How to say things differently to get a win/win
  • Different ways to approach my job and life – how to be more successful.
  • How to help students accept and respect the opinions of their peers and adults in our school.
  • How we need to allow students to feel comfortable making mistakes and learning from them – making it positive.
  • Classroom management – teach respect of self, others and property!
  • How to use new language techniques on questioning
  • Better ways to handle problem behaviors, how to empower students rather than humiliate them.
  • To think of the Big Picture of what I’m doing
  • Helping students to verbalize their needs
  • That all needs have a purpose
  • To ask more questions!
  • How to communicate effectively