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.

What’s new in current articles and research?

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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Use circles to make space for BIPOC students’ voices Sept. 14/21

Circle Forum podcast As a teacher  of English as  a Second Language in Windsor, Ontario, Amina Abdulle views the needs of newcomer students holistically. It’s vital for educators to create a safe space for students to be themselves, to help students build connections and to empower them to make mistakes in learning a new language.  …

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Daily circles improved student attendance for students with special needs Sept. 7/21

Season 2 Circle Forum podcast Restorative Practice conversations about student attendance and engagement Teaching students with developmental delays and mild intellectual disabilities, Soukaine Berri, a teacher in Windsor, Ontario, uses daily circles to engage her class. In our podcast this week she says that before circles there were “lots of instances where they were getting …

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