Welcome to the Restorative Practices Program
In Saint Paul Public Schools several schools have received grant funds to implement Restorative Practices school-wide. Restorative Practices are ways for a school community to build relationships, problem solve and learn. In this approach, relationships are the most important way we learn about the world and ourselves.
A Restorative Practice school and community believe:
- Everyone in the school community is good, wise and powerful.
- We are all connected to one another.
- All of us want to be in good, healthy relationships with others.
- We all have talents and gifts we bring to school.
- It takes time, habits and support to build and maintain positive relationships.
In addition to the Restorative Practice sites, many schools are seeking to use restorative approaches to create a sense of community and repair harm.
Battle Creek Middle School, Central Senior High School and Nokomis Montessori North Campus have been selected to become restorative practice pilot sites in the 2018-2019 school year.
The grades 5-8 upper campus of Farnsworth Aerospace, in the city’s Payne-Phalen neighborhood, is one of six schools that are a year into a three-year “restorative practices” pilot between St. Paul Public Schools and the St. Paul Federation of Teachers.
The RP program—which emphasizes shared problem solving, relationship building among the entire school community, and solutions that keep students in the classroom—was launched in the fall of 2016 in response to a statewide call for increased training and resources for educators and students dealing with escalating tensions, serious discipline problems, and high suspension levels, even in elementary schools.