Restorative alternatives offer a more effective approach and are a viable alternative to traditional disciplinary policies. The way we plan to bring awareness of alternative concepts will be by targeting the interest through advocacy, skills based scenarios, critical thinking and real life situations. Adults and youth will have increased participation and support by implementing restorative justice practices thereby reducing suspensions/expulsions as evidenced by implementation of a Restorative Justice League Panel and peer mediation as part of the school districts discipline policy and procedures. Restorative Justice League Educational Consulting development and implementation of an on-campus restorative justice panel and mentoring program as an alternative disciplinary action will meet the requirements for other means of correction and behavior modification. The conference component will provide a preventive and educational outreach resource to engage youth to positive alternative activities.
These practices both address and prevent conflict by building positive relationships and a sense of community within the school environment.
Restorative Practices utilize processes that:
- Address the needs of the school community.
- Build healthy relationships between educators and students.
- Resolve conflict and hold individuals and groups accountable.
- Repair harm and restore positive relationships.
- Reduce, prevent, and improve harmful behavior.
In addition we have a simple approach to interaction and problem solving. We call them the “Three Pillars of Reconciliation.”
The application of these principles allows us the opportunity to actively affect the situations that students face effectively and directly with an underlying premise of ongoing learning and development.