A Culture of Student Engagement Through Schoolwide Restorative Practices – Podcast Episode 210 | Classnotes Podcast 210

Classnotes Podcast (April 26, 2021). Often, people talk about restorative practice as an approach to student discipline. It is true that restorative practices include a reactive component designed to restore relationships by repairing harm. But that is not the best place to start implementing restorative practices in a school.

In this episode, Dr. Paula Johnson, director, IDRA EAC-South, and Terrence Wilson, J.D., IDRA regional policy and community engagement director, describe how restorative practice is proactive in developing community by building relationships and positive school climates that value all students. They describe a range of ways educators can start using restorative practices to create an environment where students want to engage.

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Show length: 23:31 min.

Resources

Restorative Practices Campus Team Training and Coaching Support Services by IDRA

Restorative Practices – Informal and Formal Processes for Addressing Behavior, by Paula N. Johnson, Ph.D., April 8, 2019

How Using Restorative Practices Can Prevent Exclusionary Discipline Issues, by Kristin Grayson, Ph.D., & Paula Johnson, M.A., January 31, 2018

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Show Notes

  • Terrence provides an overview of restorative justice practices.

  • Terrence talks about the range of approaches that schools can consider when implementing restorative practices.

  • Terrence explains why building restorative practices starts with adults rather than students.

  • Paula and Terrence talk about the practice of circles and creating a safe space where students want to engage.

  • Paula dispels the notion that restorative justice will suddenly solve all of a campus’s discipline concerns and “fix kids.”

  • Terrence explains why restorative practices are not a method of discipline, but something deeper.