The key to good learning in schools is building solid connections between all members of a school community: staff and students, between students, and between staff. Traditional instruction and traditional discipline do not build relationships and typically weaken them. Restorative Practices and Restorative Justice are tools educators can use to build community, teach content through connectedness, and repair harm when harm has been done. They are a way to build social capital and achieve social discipline through participatory learning and decision-making.
I provide training in how to use Restorative Practices with school staff and students and how to use Restorative Justice with students both in the classroom and with office discipline referrals.
I have a High School Principal who would like to know if RJ is focused more towards elementary or HS levels.
Can you help answer his question?
Erin Balch – ESD 105
We try to provide a training that is balanced between elementary and secondary. We poll the attendees at the beginning to make sure we match our training to the needs of our attendees. On evaluations of the training, attendees report a good balance. There’s also a good balance between theory and practice.