Use of restorative approaches in schools has been linked to improved school climate, a greater sense of belonging, increased student attendance, improved test scores, increased graduation rates, reduced discipline referrals, reductions in violent and serious incidents, and decreases in punitive and exclusionary discipline responses.Â Strand participants will be introduced to and actively explore a three-tiered whole school restorative framework. Tier I applies to the entire school community and focuses on building and strengthening relationships. Tier II applies when there has been wrongdoing and aims to repair relationships. Tier III is focused on reintegration of students returning to the classroom or school due to a discipline response. The strand intends to position participants to integrate restorative principles and practices in the schools where they work.
This strand was first offered last year. It is recommended for people who work in schools that desire a comprehensive introduction to restorative justice principles and practices as applied in schools. No prior experience is needed. Those familiar with use of the restorative justice approach will have ample opportunities to share their experience and grow. It intends to assist participants with the integration of restorative justice principles and practices into the schools in which they work.
Restorative Justice: A Working Guide for Our Schools: http://www.achealthyschools.org/schoolhealthworks/assets/118-restorative-justice.pdf
Circle Forward: Building a Restorative School Community. This is not a required pre-reading. There will be an option to purchase this book at a discount at BEST