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Shift Your School Culture: Results of Study Revealed at Free Event at HCDE Oct. 23
News Release
Friday, September 21, 2018

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Education researchers share lessons learned from a case study using Restorative Practices at a free panel discussion on Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at Harris County Department of Education, 6300 Irvington Blvd. Chauncy Glover, three-time Emmy award-winning news anchor and reporter from KTRK-Channel 13 is the moderator for “Restoring School Culture.”

Harris County Department of Education’s Research and Evaluation Institute staff provide findings from the one-year, ongoing study about a Spring Independent School District, Title 1 middle school which uses Restorative Practices. Restorative Practices is an emerging, social science practice and philosophy that improves and repairs relationships within the school community.

Principal La’Quesha Grigsby from Spring ISD is a panelist and will share her insights. Additional panelists include Arrow Charter School Superintendent Jim Christensen, 33-year visionary educator and superintendent who led the charge to implement cultural change in his district. Charles Rotramel, CEO of nonprofit Houston reVison will discuss what it takes to work with students who are often labeled “the toughest kids.” Julia Andrews, school culture and climate specialist for HCDE’s Center for Safe and Secure Schools, provides insight on implementation and training the center completed in Spring ISD.

“We are inspired by the results of this study,” said Darlene Breaux, director for the Research and Evaluation Institute. “We are ready to share this with area educators so that they can begin to initiate the type of positive change that truly impacts school culture.”

Parking is free at the event, and a light breakfast is provided courtesy of La Madeleine at Sawyer Heights.

To register, go to and enter workshop number 12218 or the workshop date.

About Harris County Department of Education: HCDE provides special education, therapy services, early education, adult education and after-school programming. Services are funded by government grants, fees and a local property tax of less than $9 per homeowner. For every dollar in local property tax collected, HCDE provides $4.70 in services to the 25 Harris County school districts. We operate four campuses for students with profound special education needs and adjudicated or recovering youth who require a low, student-teacher ratio and highly structured environment. One-hundred percent of students served on HCDE campuses are at-risk. We are governed by an elected board of seven trustees and have 1,076 employees and 33 facilities, including 15 Head Start centers. More info at

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