For students to successfully participate in restorative practices, such as community building circles or restorative justice conferences, they need to be able to listen, have empathy, show compassion, manage their own emotions and seek solutions that make things better for everyone. These competencies are also known as “social emotional skills.” The presentation will describe the implementation in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), of both restorative practices and the Second Step Program (SSP), a widely-used social emotional skill-building curriculum. Participants will learn about key program concepts and skills and see examples of the Second Step multimedia materials, such as videos, songs and visual aids. Details of how teaching social emotional skills strengthens and supports the restorative practices used in the district will be explained. Participants will see a video of restorative practices in action in LAUSD and hear how a group of schools dramatically changed their disciplinary issues using SSP. Concrete examples of how the Second Step Program and restorative practices work together will be provided, and participants will receive a chart that shows the alignment between the two.