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Restorative Justice for Schools: K-12
How does your school deal with minor and serious wrongdoings? Are there more effective ways to deal with these incidents rather than simply isolating and punishing students through suspensions and expulsions?
More and more schools across the country are finding that their traditional discipline system isn’t effective enough in dealing with minor and serious wrongdoings and that the principles and practices of restorative justice have much to offer in creating a safe place for learning and growing.
Numerous research reports tell us that belonging is perhaps the single most important factor in preventing violence in schools. How schools create a sense of belonging, a sense of community, is key to developing an effective violence prevention strategy, and restorative practices are specifically designed to help students stay connected to school and their peers even when they have made a mistake or when they have been a victim of wrongdoing.
Restorative justice is a systemic response to wrongdoing that emphasizes healing the wounds of victims, offenders, and communities. Restorative principles and practices help:
By “making things right,” restorative practices seeks to knit wholeness back into a community which has been torn; it seeks to repair relationships so students can focus on their school work and reconnect as a member of the learning community.
Restorative Solutions has years of experience helping schools develop customized, comprehensive programs. Our training team works with schools to assess their current discipline system, set realistic goals, and train all members of the school community in principles and practices of restorative justice.
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