Restorative Practices

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    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 Communities

     

    Evidence 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.​

     

    Helpful Links:

    Positive Student Intervention Task Force
    Responding to Hate and Bias at School
    Restorative Practices Continuum