GOALS FOR SCHOOLS OF RESTORATIVE PRACTICES
A personal guide that will look at the uniqueness of each school to create a plan that engages all stakeholders on the journey of making a positive change to better serve all students.
1. Personal Accountability
Restorative justice strategies provide opportunities for wrongdoers to be accountable to those they have harmed as well as enable them to repair the harm they caused to the extent possible. In our society, these practices are a missing piece to the puzzle called LIFE. Reconciliation is a learned behavior and should be modeled and coached in all of life’s social communities (school, home, extracurricular activities, etc.). All parties bear the RESPONSIBILITY to employ these ideas.
2. Students and Community Safety
Restorative Practices recognizes the need to keep the community safe through strategies that build relationships and empower the learning community to take responsibility for the well being of its members.
3. Student Social Emotional Development (SEL)
Restorative practices increase the pro-social skills of those who have harmed others, address underlying factors that lead youth to engage in delinquent behavior, and build on strengths in each young person.
4. Relationship Reconciliation Modeling
In schools, today students must know that when conflict arises there is reconciliation in the restorative process—the realization that the teacher and the student can communicate, forgive and restore each other. Teacher culture and student culture run congruently and rival each other. Teacher culture is often mediated through the frustration of the break room and student culture is mediated through the restroom and social media. Without relationship reconciliation modeling, all parties lose because students’ perceptions undermine teachers’ efforts and
student’s teacher perceptions undermine students’ efforts.