A. RP Intro

Restorative Practices (RP) are based on principles that emphasize the importance of positive relationships as central to building community and involve processes that respond to student  misconduct with the goal of repairing harm and restoring relationships between those impacted over and above the need to assign blame and punish.  RP programming in NHUSD is composed of a three-tiered model of universal/ targeted / intensive practices to promote and strengthen positive school culture, enhance pro-social relationships within the school community, and respond restoratively to conflict/harm. 

A fundamental premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them.

Ultimately, the RP program works to lower our rate of suspension and expulsion and to foster positive school climates with the goal of eliminating racially disproportionate discipline practices and the resulting push-out of students into the school to prison pipeline.

For a little more detailed information about what RP looks like in schools, check out the Alameda County Publication, "Restorative Justice - A Working Guide for our Schools" attached below. 

Sep 30, 2015, 11:16 AM