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Utilizing Restorative Practices and Justice to Create a Caring School Environment

Restorative practices are based on principles and processes that emphasize the importance of positive relationships as central to building community and restoring relationships when harm as occurred. In schools, the use of restorative practices has been shown to reliably reduce misbehavior, bullying, violence and crime among students and improve the overall climate for learning. This training will introduce the essential elements of utilizing restorative practices to create a caring school environment.

Outcomes:

  • Will be able to define restorative practices and understand the difference between restorative practices and restorative justice.
  • Understand the 6 pieces of restorative practices and be able to discuss how they are used.
  • Will be able to facilitate proactive and restorative circles to serve their school community.
  • How to implement restorative justice in the form of restorative meetings to rebuild relationships when harm as occurred.

LCAP Priority Areas:

Basic Access: Providing all students’ access to fully credentialed teachers, instructional materials that align with state standards, and safe facilities,

Parent Involvement: Encouraging parent involvement and participation, so the local community is engaged in the decision-making process and the educational programs of students.,

Student Achievement: Improving student achievement and outcomes along multiple measures, including test scores, English proficiency, and college and career preparedness.,

Student Engagement: Supporting student engagement, including whether students attend school or are chronically absent.,

School Climate: Highlighting school climate and connectedness through a variety of factors, such as suspension and expulsion rates and other locally identified means.

State Performance Plan Indicators:

Indicator 5: Least Restrictive Environments,

Indicator 9: Racial/Ethnic Disproportionality,

Indicator 10: Disability Disproportionality

 

Any of our Regional Trainings can be given at your school site. These Site-Based Trainings are best suited for larger groups, and locations where a version of this training is not already scheduled.

Site-Based Trainings generally require a minimum of 10 participants at your school site. Should you wish to have a Site-Based Training, but do not have enough participants, the SELPA may be able to pair your LEA’s needs with other local SELPA Partners in order to offer the training at your site.

Contact your SELPA Program Specialist to discuss your professional learning needs, and to schedule any site-based trainings.

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