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Report
Restorative Justice Circles
in Community College
Classrooms
Preliminary Results from the First Two Semesters
Ashley Andrews, John Bragelman, Theresa Carlton, Maria Ortiz
Comparison Between Pedagogies
Chart 1. Dev Ed Course Comparison - Traditional vs. Circles - Fall 2014
Course
Traditional
Success Rate Retention Rate
With Circles
Success Rate Retention Rate
Math 99
53.67%
86.06%
68.57%
91.43%
English 100
59.77%
89.29%
71.70%
94.34%
ESLINT 99
43.48%
91.30%
68.42%
100.00%
INTDSP 101
65.29%
90.11%
80.00%
96.00%
Comparison by Instructor After Implementation
Chart 2. Circle effects - Success Rates, Fall '11 through Fall '14
Course
Instructor Intervention Total Served # Successes Success Rate
Math 99
TC
Circles
70
44
62.86%
w/o Circles
215
130
60.47%
English 100 MO
Circles
53
38
71.70%
w/o Circles
379
232
61.21%
ESLINT 99
AA
Circles
19
13
68.42%
w/o Circles
76
54
71.05%
ESLINT 100
AA
Circles
24
19
79.17%
w/o Circles
25
19
76.00%
Comparison by Instructor After Implementation
Chart 3. Circle effects - Retention Rates, Fall '11 through Fall '14
Course
Instructor
Intervention
Total Served
# Successes Success Rate
Math 99
TC
Circles
70
62
88.57%
No Circles
215
196
91.16%
English 100 MO
Circles
53
50
94.34%
No Circles
379
346
91.29%
ESLINT 99
AA
Circles
19
19
100.00%
No Circles
76
73
96.05%
ESLINT 100
AA
Circles
24
24
100.00%
No Circles
25
24
96.00%
Students’ Thoughts on Circles
• What was your favorite thing about them [Circles]?
– “I feel they helped us to learn more about one another. When used
with other classmates they helped build relationships.”
(Community)
– “They circle activities helped relax and open up in the beginning. It
helped to not be so stressed/shy about the first class.” (Comfort)
– “It allowed to break down some barriers, if any of us felt nervous.”
(Community / Comfort)
– “Coming together as a group and forming goals” (Goal Setting)
Students’ Thoughts on Circles
• What did Circles bring to the class?
– “It made everyone warm up and feel comfortable. I also think it
made people looking forward to the class” (Comfort / Eagerness
to Learn)
– “unity, comfort, friendship, hope, and relaxation” (Community /
Comfort)
– “brought our own take on the class. Got to decide what our
semester will be like” (Equity)
– “I feel that the circle made us open up so that we can all feel
comfortable. We call confessed how great/terrible we were at math
so now we could improve together.” (Comfort / Community)
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