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Initial Restorative Justice Practices

Restorative practices help to build community, celebrate accomplishments, transform conflict, rebuild relationships that have been harmed, and reintegrate students who have been suspended or expelled.

A restorative approach brings awareness that misconduct is part of the developmental process of every young person. Corrective responses to misconduct using punishment can actually increase the likelihood that the misbehavior will re-occur. Both the theory and practice of Restorative Justice emphasize: (1) identifying the harm, (2) involving all stakeholders, and (3) true accountability— repairing the harm and addressing its causes. Restorative Justice Practices applied in our schools reflects an approach to wrongdoing and harmful behavior that aims to both prevent wrongdoing at all levels, and intervene in offending behavior while restoring the relationship between students and adults.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the theory of Restorative Practices and learn the model for school settings

  • Align Restorative Justice Practices within the PBIS Framework

  • Build the needed skills to begin implementing Restorative Justice Practices at the Tier 1 level school wide and within classrooms

  • Practical application and practice of circles within shared values and guidelines

  • Learn strategies that foster positive relationships and school connections for students, staff, and families

Presenters: Bella Bikowsky, Ph.D. & Angela Brooks, Ed.D.

Date and Time: 
August 12, 2019 - 8:30am to August 13, 2019 - 3:30pm
Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center, 1120 S. 18th Street, Yakima