According to Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice
“Restorative practices in schools, inspired by the philosophy and practices of restorative justice, prioritizes repairing harm done to relationships over the need for assigning blame and dispensing punishment.” Social/emotional learning and development can be enhanced by utilizing a Restorative Justice approach. Restorative practices also have a positive impact on the larger school community.
The Wellness Team is incorporating a restorative approach in our work with students who have been referred for disciplinary concerns. The team supports these students by helping them take ownership for their choices and behavior, to make amends when possible, and to build a more robust behavioral repertoire going forward.