When we use restorative language, strategies and practices at all three tiers we can effectively:
Build relationships, a sense of belonging, connectedness and community.
Create a restorative and inclusive school climate vs. a punitive and/or punishing one.
Decrease suspensions, expulsions, and disciplinary referrals by holding youth accountable for their actions through repairing relationships and making amends to those impacted by their actions
Create opportunities for learning: Understand the impact of behavior on others (students), and the relational context for the behavior (teachers).
“The underlying premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative, more productive and more likely to make positive changes when those in positions of authority do things with them rather than to or for them.”
The Power of Relationships in Schools
(CASEL -Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, 2020)