Utilize restorative practices to create a safe, accepting, and equitable school climate where learning can flourish.
When students have unfinished learning, educators create opportunities for students to learn. Unfortunately, this role seems to end when it comes to behavior. How can we turn behavior into a teachable moment?
The Restorative Practices Playbook details a set of practices designed to teach prosocial behaviors based on strong relationships and a commitment to the well-being of others. Implementing restorative practices establishes a positive academic and social-emotional learning environment while building students’ capacity to self-regulate, make decisions, and self-govern—the very skills students need to achieve. In this eye-opening, essential playbook, renowned educators Dominique Smith, Douglas Fisher, and Nancy Frey support educators with the reflection prompts, tools, examples, and strategies needed to create restorative practices around several key concepts:
- A restorative school culture, grounded in respect, that builds agency and identity, establishes teacher credibility, sets high expectations, and fosters positive relationships
- Restorative conversations that equip adults and students with the capacity to resolve problems, make decisions, and arrive at solutions in ways that are satisfactory and growth-producing
- Restorative circles that promote academic learning through dialogue, build consensus in decision making, and help participants reach resolution through healing
- Formal restorative conferences that foster guided dialogue between victim(s) and offender(s) and include plans for re-entry into the school community
By becoming adept in the skillful use of restorative practices, educators will foster equitable discipline that reduces exclusion and creates a school community driven by relationships and respect.
"The Restorative Practices Playbook helps educators start or continue their restorative justice journeys, remain reflective about their practice, and make refinements to stay on track in their efforts."