Restorative Practices Advisory Task Force
GUSD is forming an Advisory Task Force to provide input on next steps for implementing Restorative Practices throughout the District.
Restorative Practices provides the foundation of building community. It supports students as they learn to solve problems and respond to conflict nonviolently by providing proactive and responsive communication tools that promote a positive school climate. Restorative Practices results in an inclusive culture, builds a fair decision-making process, and facilitates student learning to address behaviors through a restorative approach.
The Task Force will:
- Develop short-term goals and a common mission & vision;
- Advise on the development of a multi-year strategic plan, including research and planning; and
- Advocate for the work of Restorative Practices and seek out support and funding amongst community groups.
The Task Force will make recommendations to the Superintendent and staff. Task Force members will assist staff in presentations regarding the implementation of Restorative Practices to the Board and community.
Task Force Composition
In order to have broad representation of stakeholders, we are seeking up to 21 members for the Task Force:
- Five (5) school administrators from all levels (elementary through high school);
- Five (5) certificated staff (teachers, counselors, etc.);
- Five (5) parent representatives and community members;
- Three (3) classified staff; and
- Three (3) high school students.
Dr. Chris Coulter, Director of Teaching and Learning and Dr. Mary Mason, Executive Director of Elementary Education will serve as co-facilitators.
Members will be selected from a cross section of our District community. We ask that all applicants bring a spirit of good will, an open mind and a willingness to engage in collaboration, inquiry, and meaningful dialogue throughout the Task Force process. All potential members of the Task Force must have participated in foundational training in Restorative Practices.
Purpose & Time Commitment
This is a 2-year commitment for adults serving on the Task Force. Students will earn community service hours for participating. The Task Force will meet monthly, from 3:30-5:00pm, March - June 2019, with additional reading, research and subcommittee work to be done outside of the formal meeting structure. Meetings have been scheduled for:
- Thursday, March 14, 2019
- Monday, April 15, 2019
- Wednesday, May 15, 2019
- Monday, June 10, 2019
** 2019-2020 Dates To Be Determined