What are Restorative Practices?
Restorative practices are processes that proactively build healthy relationships and a sense of community to prevent and address conflict and wrongdoing. Restorative practices are increasingly being applied in individual schools and school districts to address youth behavior, rule violations, and to improve school climate and culture. Restorative practices can improve relationships between students, between students and educators, and even between educators, whose behavior often serves as a role model for students. They allow each member of the school community to develop and implement a school’s adopted core values.
Restorative practices allow individuals who may have committed harm to take full responsibility for their behavior by addressing the individual(s) affected by the behavior. Taking responsibility requires understanding how the behavior affected others, acknowledging that the behavior was harmful to others, taking action to repair the harm, and making changes necessary to avoid such behavior in the future.
Restorative practices also represent a mindset that can help guide adult and youth behavior and relationship management in schools, not another program.
To view a toolkit aimed at helping educators better understand what restorative practices are and how they foster safe learning environments through community building and constructive conflict resolution, click here.
The above information provided by: The Schott Foundation for Public Eduation