Kerri Berkowitz stands at the forefront of a rapidly shifting landscape of educational practice across the nation; one that establishes an environment grounded in trusting relationships and equitable disciplinary practices.
In her early years working in a Middle School in Southeast San Francisco, Kerri witnessed the undeniable relationship between school climate, wellness and academic achievement. This motivated her to assume the Restorative Practices (RP) Program Administrator role for San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) in 2010. During her tenure in this role, Kerri established a solid foundation and infrastructure for a sustainable implementation of Restorative Practices across the school district.
Under her leadership, the California School Board Association publicly recognized SFUSD for designing and implementing an inclusive multi-year rollout strategic plan, developing a highly engaging training series and instilling strong coaching support. The RP website, Implementation Guide, and plethora of outreach materials Kerri developed to support the realization of RP are frequently referred to and depended on by many educators and restorative practitioners across the nation.
In 2014 Kerri founded the Center for Relational Practices, an organization that specializes in RP training and coaching, implementation strategic planning and the integration of school climate initiatives.
Currently, the Center for Relational Practices partners with multiple schools and districts across the nation, predominantly in California and Alaska (her favorite place to kayak among the whales). Kerri is entirely dedicated to assisting schools become a true place of belonging for all.