Restorative Practices

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    Restorative Practices are used to build a sense of school community and resolve conflict by repairing harm and restoring positive relationships through:

     

    • Using regular classroom circles to work together with students to set academic goals, explore the curriculum, and develop core values for the classroom community;

    • Training teachers and staff in classroom management to increase effective communication and work with students to reflect on how their actions impact others; and

    • Using small group circles, fairness committees and peer juries when disciplinary issues happen to talk with students involved about the causes of the issues and identify positive solutions to repair the harm done to the community through responses such as mediation, community service, conflict resolution, etc.

    Restorative Justice focuses on repairing harm to relationships instead of assigning blame and dispensing punishment. Restorative Practices, inspired by this philosophy of restorative justice, are a framework for building community and for responding to challenging behavior through authentic dialogue, coming to understanding, and making things right.  Schools that use Restorative Practices must have flexibility in school policies and practices.

    Restorative Practices:

    • Build healthy relationships between educators and students

    • Reduce, prevent, and improve harmful behavior

    • Repair harm and restore positive relationships

    • Resolve conflict, holding individuals and groups accountable

    • Address and discuss the needs of the school community

    RJ Handbook

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