Restorative practices provide meaningful opportunities for social engagement that foster empathy and mutual responsibility for the well-being of individuals and the community. Proactive practices intentionally build trust and understanding within the community to ensure a healthy supportive climate and environment. When things go wrong, restorative practices engage those affected and create space so that individuals and communities can effectively identify, understand, and address harms and needs—this facilitates healing.
Whole-Approach to Restorative Practices:
- Begins with proactive community-building circles to develop relationships with staff and students and increase a sense of belonging
- Promotes activities to ensure things go right such as, collaboratively establishing classroom norms and encourage assessments of how we are doing
- Establish systems and structures to apply restorative principles such as, establish clarity for what is expected to be managed in the classroom, what requires in-class support, and when to refer to the office.
- Woven into a school’s MTSS framework
OSSU RP in Schools
Upon completion of this course, participants will have:
- Discussed the foundational concepts of restorative practices and their application in schools.
- Reviewed research and case studies from restorative schools
- Created circles for community building and processing academic subjects
- Explored using circles to address harm
- Discussed key topics in restorative practices such as safety, facilitating a tough discussion, and trusting in the process.
- Practiced using restorative process with peers and students
- Found places in implement restorative practices in their work
- Reflected on personal teaching and facilitation styles and its application with restorative practices
Module 1 – Intro to Restorative Practices in Schools
Module 2 – How to implement RP in Schools/Strength assessments
Module 3 – Service Learning – Strength Assessments/Needs Assessment
Module 4 – Tier 1 Practices/community building
Module 5 – When Circles Go Wrong: Problem Solving
Module 6 – Service Learning – Tier 1 in the classroom
Module 7 – Tier 2 Practices
Module 8 – Service Learning- Tier 2 in Action
Module 9 – Tier 3 Practices
Module 10 – Service Learning – Tier 3 in Action