At the core, Restorative Practices is about building and restoring relationships.Through restorative practices, members of the school community will:
- Have opportunities to be heard
- Form connections and stronger relationships
- Understand the greater impact of one's actions
- Learn and practice taking responsibility
- Repair the harm one's actions may have caused
- Recognize one's role in maintaining a safe school environment
- Build upon and expand on personal relationships in the school community
- Recognize one's role as a positive contributing member of the school community.
Positive Outcomes for School CommunitiesEvidence from practice suggests that by implementing Restorative Practices, schools can expect:
- Improvements in attitudes and relationships across the whole school community.
- An increase in the engagement and learning of students in the classroom.
- Growth in relational and problem-solving skills, both for adults and students across the school community.
- A calmer school environment, with less classroom disruption and more time for teaching.
- Decrease in out-of-school suspension.
- Decrease in school expulsions.
- Decrease in tardies and absences.
- Reduction in racial disproportionate discipline practices.
Congratulations to the Restorative Specialist team!
The Restorative Specialist group received the 2023 Annual Award for Educational Innovation at Sonoma State University. The video below was shown at the awards ceremony on May 4, 2023.