“Districts usually want test scores, not community. It’s good to know that SFUSD realizes the need to establish community first.” - LSP/Counselor, Creative Arts Charter School

 

Goals

Restorative Practices, when broadly and consistently implemented, will promote and strengthen positive school culture and enhance pro-social relationships within the school community. 

An improved sense of community will significantly decrease the need for suspensions, expulsions and time that students are excluded from instruction due to behavior infractions. This shift in practice will result in a culture which is inclusive, builds fair process into decision-making practices, and facilitates  learning to address the impact of one’s actions through a relational restorative approach as opposed to focusing on rule breaking and punishments. 

With Restorative Practices all members of the school community share the responsibility of building and sustaining a positive school environment based on strong relationships and recognize their role as a positive contributing member of the school community. 

 

Restorative Practices Program Goals

  • Building and sustaining strong relationships, community, and positive school climate among all members of our school communities.
  • Effectively respond to conflict and behavior infractions using a collaborative problem-solving process that recognizes the impact of one’s actions on the school community and results in solutions that make things as right as possible moving forward.
  • Reduce the overall number of suspensions and expulsions district-wide
  • Minimize the disproportionate rate of counseling office referrals, suspensions and expulsions for SFUSD African American and Latino students
  • Reduce recidivism rates of student suspensions and counseling office referrals
  • Increase in-class instructional time for students at schools
    • Infuse restorative practices into Pupil Services and Counseling intervention processes.
    • Expand parent and community involvement and understanding of Restorative Practices

     

SFUSD Goals and Restorative Practices

GOAL 1: Access and Equity. Make social justice a reality.

Current data shows that AA and Latino students are disproportionately suspended when compared to other student groups. Restorative Practices will address this inequity through structural changes that promote positive “student voice”, as well as developing more effective strategies to respond to inappropriate behaviors of all students in a way that allows them to address their behavior and its impact on the community while not being excluded from classroom instruction.

Restorative practices will:

  1. Make discipline practices fair, equitable, and transparent for all students.
  2. Allow for a dynamic, school-wide understanding of practices that support an inclusive, nurturing community environment.
  3. Enhance and strengthen staff-student and staff-staff relationships.
  4. Reduce counseling office referrals for low-performing and special education students for minor behavioral infractions.
  5. Reduce referrals of African American and Latino Students referred for suspension for non education code violations.
  6. Reduce recidivism of student misbehavior/offenses.
  7. Increase in-class instructional time.
  8. Build and maintain respectful relationships among teachers, administrators, staff, and students.
  9. Improve classroom management, student behavior..
  10. Improve communication among school-site staff.
  11. Strengthen student skills in conflict resolution.
  12. Create a safe and positive school climate.
  13. Increase student reports of having supportive, caring relationships.
  14. Increase the number of teachers engaging students in participatory and inclusive learning opportunities.
  15. Reduce truancy

Key Initiatives

  1. Restorative Practice presentations at Faculty meetings.
  2. Participation in Professional Development opportunities on restorative practices
  3. Development and participation in RP Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
  4. Utilization of restorative practices
  5. Close partnership with district Restorative Practices coaches for on-going support, modeling, and consultation.
  6. Evaluation of counseling protocol and interventions to student misbehavior
  7. School and parent community participation in restorative practices in response to student misbehavior.
  8. Parent involvement and presentations on restorative practices

Measurement – how will we measure success in achieving this goal and objective(s)?

  1. School climate assessment
  2. # of school-site staff reporting using restorative practices.
  3. Number of counseling office referrals.
  4. Number of suspensions.
  5. Number of Professional Learning Communities (PLC's)
  6. Frequency of PLC meetings
  7. Youth Risk Behavior Survey/ California Healthy Kids Survey
  8. Number of community circles facilitated (staff self-reporting)
  9. Staff Satisfaction surveys

 

GOAL 2: Student Achievement. Engage high achieving and joyful learners.

Restorative Practices will increase class instructional time leading to greater opportunities for academic success. Restorative practices will contribute to an increase in positive school climate in which students will recognize and value their role as an active member of the school community. This will result in an increase in student effort and participation in all aspects of the school program.

Restorative practices will:

  1. Increase students’ communication skill development and expression of feelings in response to behavior of others.
  2. Allow for a greater understanding of how one's actions impact the larger school community.
  3. Provide an opportunity for students to build and maintain respectful relationships in and outside of the classroom.
  4. Engage students in community building activities
  5. Facilitate students' familiarity with other students and staff members.
  6. Directly enhance positive school climate

Key Initiatives

  1. Restorative Practice presentations at Faculty meetings.
  2. Participation in Professional Development opportunities on restorative practices
  3. Development and participation in RP Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
  4. Utilization of restorative practices
  5. Close partnership with district Restorative Practices coaches for on-going support,  modeling, and consultation.
  6. Evaluation of counseling protocol and interventions to student misbehavior
  7. School and parent community participation in restorative practices in response to student misbehavior.
  8. Parent involvement and presentations on restorative practices.

Measurement – how will you measure success in achieving this goal and its objectives?

  1. School-site data collection (YRBS/CHKS surveys)
  2. Number of counseling office referrals
  3. Number of suspensions.
  4. School attendance records

 

GOAL 3: Accountability. Keep our promises to students and families.

Restorative Practices will foster closer relationships and partnerships with both students, and their families, demonstrating our commitment to their academic success and social/emotional development. Restorative practices will allow for students to develop skills and behaviors that contribute to a positive school and home environment by simultaneously engaging in a process that builds caring relationships while maintaining and providing opportunities for unwavering accountability. 

Restorative Practices will:

  1. Allow for SFUSD parents, CBO’s and stakeholders to have a clear understanding of RP principles and how it is being used within SFUSD
  2. Include parents and students in restorative processes (such as Restorative mediations and conferences).
  3. Build and maintain respectful relationships between teachers/staff and parents/guardian.
  4. Hold all members of the school community accountable for a positive school climate.

Key Initiatives

  1. Offer parent presentations/workshops on restorative practices.
  2. Offer student presentations/workshops on restorative practices.
  3. Invite students and families to participate in restorative processes (such as restorative mediations/conferences, circles, etc).
  4. School-site staff consistently implement restorative practices in response to student wrong-doing.
  5. School-site staff consistently and intentionally implement restorative practices to build community within the classroom and school environment.
  6. Utilization of restorative practices by school-site staff to strengthen relationships with students and families.

 

Measurement – how will you measure success in achieving this goal and its objectives?

  1. Number of teachers reporting ability to work “with” students and parents and engage them in decision making processes.
  2. Number of restorative interventions that include the participation of students and families.
  3. Number of presentations offered to the parent community on restorative practices.
  4. Number of classroom presentations offered to students on restorative practices.

 

 

 

 

 

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