What is Restorative Practices?

Restorative Practices is a way of thinking and being that cultivates community, supporting well-being and achievement. Restorative Practices fosters the conditions that promote a positive sense of self, spirit and belonging. Restorative Practices provides a framework to maintain community when challenges and conflicts arise and to restore community when needed.

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Restorative leadership challenging in the pandemic: Podcast Oct. 12/21

Listen to the podcast now. Steve tells a compelling story about what it’s like in the pandemic when leadership is NOT firm or fair. Leaders who avoid conflict or confrontation risk harm to their staff and to their students. Restorative Practices suggestions:Build your relationships with your staff early. Listen to understand staff strengths from previous …

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Building connections with students complicated by the pandemic – podcast Oct. 5/21

Listen to podcast now Join our guest this week, Brendan Hyatt, Director of The Northwest Catholic District School Board in Ontario as we discuss how the pandemic has amplified student absenteeism. Restorative practices suggestions:Get to know your learners before you take any actions. Start with your attendance data and get to know the story there. …

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How restorative practices helped student attendance Sept. 28/21

Circle Forum Podcast Circle conversations are essential student attendance and engagement and need to involve everyone impacted by student absenteeism.  Looking for patterns in student tardiness can help address student engagement by simply asking the students. Restorative practices suggestions: When in doubt about student engagement, have a circle and ask the students themselves. Is the …

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Challenging power dynamics in restorative practices Sept. 21/21

Circle Forum Podcast The article below by Lyubansky & Shpungin really challenged us in our practices.  It’s not an easy read nor is the topic comfortable.  It is important to reflect on the power dynamics in our classrooms, meeting rooms and school districts. Restorative practices suggestions: Reflect on your practice by asking who has been …

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