Restorative Practices Program
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.
Why Restorative Practices?
Restorative Practices has four core objectives:
- Students and educators will experience increasingly authentic, nurturing relationships
- Harm within school settings will be recognized and repaired, with people who cause harm increasingly taking responsibility for actions, and supportive adults seeking to address root causes of misbehavior
- Attendance improves (fewer unexcused absences, less chronic absenteeism)
- Discipline becomes more equitable, less frequent