Restorative practices are an alternative to zero-tolerance school discipline policies. Rather than mandating prescribed punishments for specific misbehaviors, this more tailored approach aims to empower students.
Oct 14, 2015 Education Week
Catherine Augustine is director of RAND's Pittsburgh office, and a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. As director, she strives both to foster an environment in which all RAND staff can thrive and to strengthen RAND’s relationships in the local community. Her research focuses on improving educational outcomes for students in urban school districts. Augustine both evaluates implementation of reforms and assesses their impact. She is co-leading a study of five urban districts' summer learning programs. This works includes an effects study as well as detailed analyses of program implementation, district operations, and community involvement. She is also leading a randomized controlled trial on implementing restorative practices in one urban district. The goals of this intervention include strengthening relationships among students and between students and staff, both to reduce suspension rates and to address harm when it has occurred. In addition to examining impacts, this study also includes a detailed assessment of implementation, with a focus on teacher and student buy-in, staff confidence, use of restorative practices, and school culture. Past studies have examined teaching effectiveness, school leadership and district governance, arts education, the particular challenges facing middle schools, and education in the Middle East. She earned her Ph.D. in education from the University of Michigan.
Catherine H. Augustine et al., Improving School Leadership: The Promise of Cohesive Leadership Systems, RAND Corporation (MG-885-WF), 2009
Susan J. Bodilly and Catherine H. Augustine, Revitalizing Arts Education Through Community-Wide Coordination, RAND Corporation (MG-702-WF), 2008
Dominic J. Brewer et al., Education for a New Era: Design and Implementation of K-12 Education Reform in Qatar, RAND Corporation (MG-548-QATAR), 2007
Dina G. Levy et al., Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and Organizational Restructuring in the DoD: Implications for Education and Training Infrastructure, RAND Corporation (MG-153-OSD), 2006
Catherine H. Augustine, Diana Epstein, and Mirka Vuollo, Governing Urban School Districts: Efforts in Los Angeles to Effect Change, RAND Corporation (TR-428-LA), 2006
Edward Keating et al., The Effects of A-76 Cost Comparisons on DoD Civilian Education and Training, RAND Corporation (DB-442-OSD), 2006
Susan M. Gates et al., Ensuring the Quality and Productivity of Education and Professional Development Activities: A Review of Approaches and Lessons for DoD, RAND Corporation (MR-1257-OSD), 2004
Jaana Juvonen et al., Focus on the Wonder Years: Challenges Facing the American Middle School, RAND Corporation (MG-139-EDU), 2004
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