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