Restorative Discipline is a philosophy and system wide process that works to change the school culture rather than merely responding to student behavior. When implementing restorative practices a shift in practice occurs that results in a culture that is inclusive, builds fair process into decision-making practices, and facilitates students learning to address the impact of their actions through an approach that allows for true accountability, skill building, cooperation, and mutual understanding.
Restorative Discipline will not only reduce the number of suspension and expulsions in schools, it also will increase class instructional time leading to greater opportunities for academic success.
Benefits of Restorative Approaches in the School Setting:
- A safer, more caring environment
- A more effective teaching and learning environment
- A greater commitment by everyone to taking the time to listen to one another
- A reduction in bullying and other interpersonal conflicts
- A greater awareness of the importance of connectedness to young people. The need to belong and feel valued by peers and significant adults
- Greater emphasis on responses to inappropriate behavior that seek to reconnect, and not further disconnect young people
- Reductions in fixed term and permanent suspensions and expulsions
- A greater confidence in the staff team to deal with challenging situations
- An increased belief in the ability of young people to take responsibility for their choices, and more people giving them opportunities to do so
ESC-20 provides training and technical support related to Restorative Discipline. Resources have been created to introduce schools to the restorative process. Training and technical assistance is also available to assist districts and/or campuses with the implementation of Restorative Discipline.