• Restorative Practices

     

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    "Restorative Practice is a framework that inspires individuals to build and strengthen relationships through meaningful interactions. "

     

     

     

    What is Restorative Practice?

    Restorative Practice is a framework that inspires individuals to build and allows you to strengthen relationships through meaningful interactions. 

    Santa Ana Unified School District, believes the Restorative Practice framework will have a major impact on the culture of each of our schools as we move forward with this is proactive approach. 

     

     

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    How do Restorative Practices work?

    Restorative Practices start with the belief that relationships within schools are the central component of school climate.

    Engagement begins with an open dialogue, where people are given the opportunity to speak through personalized expressions, 

    conversations and restorative questions. Restorative Practice increases the success of positive and restorative interventions. 

     

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    Restorative Practices Continuum

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    Affective Statements
    Affective Statements are expressions of feelings, describing how one has been affected. 
    Ex. I am proud that you are trying harder in school. 

    Restorative Questions
    Questions designed to elicit a reflective response when addressing challenging behavior and/or people harmed.

    Small Impromptu Conversations
    On  the spot conferences for de-escalating problems quickly using Affective Language and Restorative Questions.

    Circles
    A structured setting designed to build, strengthen  and repair relationships, through people coming together and dialogue to achieve mutual  understanding.

    Conferences
    A structured conference to bring people together to discuss serious concerns, discipline issues, and immediate needs of students.

     

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    A Restorative based school…

    • Focuses on relationships
    • Gives a voice to all students and staff
    • Provides equal opportunities for engagement
    • Separates the deed from the doer
    • Empowers participants to learn from peers and from their own mistakes
    • Gives individuals opportunities to take responsibility for their actions

    Results in…

    • Effectively addressing behavior
    • Promoting a supportive environment
    • Reducing suspensions and expulsions
    • Improving attendance
    • Decreasing misbehavior, bullying and violence
    • Increasing respect among students and staff

     

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    Restorative Practices Hypothesis

    “Students are happier, more productive and more likely to make positive change in their behavior when those in the position of authority do things WITH them, rather than TO them or FOR them.”

    - Ted Wachtel,

    International Institute for Restorative Practices

     

     

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    For more information or questions on 
    Restorative Practices in SAUSD, please contact us at  
    714-433-3429

    www.sausd.us

    Heidi Cisneros
    Executive Director 
    Pupil Support Services

    David Richey
    Director
    School Climate

    Christine Frias
    Coordinator
    School Climate

    Orlando Navarro 
    Program Specialist,
    School Climate

    Rose Aguilera
    Restorative Practices Liaison

    Elena Barajas 
    Restorative Practices Liaison

    Santa Ana Unified School District 
    School Climate Department
    1629 S. Center Street
    Santa Ana, CA 92704