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?

Build students’ engagement and connection by knowing their names and saying “Hi” Nov. 30/21

Listen on I-Tunes Circle Forum  Our guest this week is Nathan Ngieng, Assistant Superintendent of Abbotsford School District in British Columbia. Heading into the pandemic, the leadership decided to make student health and well-being a priority along with staff health and well-being. That vision helped to create safe spaces and hold space for belonging and connection. Restorative suggestions:Take …

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Classroom connections of Treaties of Peace and Friendship, French and Restorative Practices – Nov. 23/21

Listen on I-Tunes Circle Forum  Our guest this week is Jared Baker, a grade 5/6 French Immersion teacher, who talks about his daily practice. He has some great stories to share about how circles work in his classroom in French. Jared makes some excellent connections between restorative practices, Treaties of Peace and Friendship and setting up …

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Indigenous treaties through the lens of Fair Process -Nov. 16/21

Listen on I-Tunes Circle Forum  Fair process requires three E’s – Engagement, Explanation and Expectation clarity. Looking back on the process of indigenous land treaties, the fair process did not happen. It’s important to educate ourselves in order to have a better understanding of the treaties. Expectation clarity helps us move into actions of reconciliation in …

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Why restorative practices won’t work for bullying Part 1 of 2: Nov. 9 & 10/21

Listen on I-Tunes Circle Forum  Join our guest this week,Barbara Coloroso, as we discuss where NOT to use restorative practices. We consider an excellent response to an in-class bullying situation. Part 2 continues the conversation with what is described as adult conflict when it’s really bullying, utter disregard for another human being. “It’s a short walk …

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