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Centerpiece from a recent Restorative Practice circle meeting with photo of Nelson Mandela at center.

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The fundamental premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in authority do things WITH them, rather than TO them or FOR them.

Ted Wachtel, The International Institute for Restorative Practices

VALUES AND PRINCIPLES OF A RESTORATIVE APPROACH IN OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITIES:

  • Equity of voice
  • High expectations and support = doing things “WITH” one another
    and not “TO” or “FOR” them
  • Positive relationships
  • Inclusive decision making
  • Community building and sustaining
  • All members of the community are valued
  • Authentic listening and sharing
  • Non-punitive response to wrong-doing

Restorative Processes and Practices:

  • Inclusive decision making practices: Fair Process
  • Affective language
  • Restorative Questions and Dialogue
  • Proactive Community Building Circles
  • Responsive Circles
  • Formal Restorative Conferencing: an alternative to traditional
    punitive discipline practices

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