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Video Transcript

Restorative practices are approaches that seek to proactively build a community to prevent problems from arising and use dialogue, not just punishment when problems occur.  Restorative practices are helpful for creating a respectful classroom, developing a rapport with students, managing conflicts, establishing routines and expectations for positive student behavior and more.

Restorative Practices: A Shift in Thinking

Traditional Approach

Restorative Approach

School and rules violated

People and relationships violated

Justice focuses on establishing guilt

Justice identifies needs and obligations

Accountability = punishment

Accountability = understanding impact, repairing harm

Justice directed at offender, victim ignored

Offender, victim, and school all have direct roles in justice process. 

Rules and intent outweigh whether outcome is positive/negative

Offender is responsible for harmful behavior, repairing harm and working toward positive outcomes

No opportunity for remorse or amends

Opportunity given for amends and expression of remorse. 


Restorative practices is about changing both adult's and children’s behavior through the art of the story. It is about connecting, learning, and not assuming how one is feeling or should feel. But most importantly it is about repairing harm and learning appropriate social skills. It is a process, not a program.


Region 10 provides information, support, and professional development to assist districts, campuses, and charter schools in the implementation of restorative practices through our offerings which include:


  • What is RP (includes data analysis)
  • RP Circles
  • RP Agreements, Effective Language
  • RP Reintegration & Trauma
  • RP Cohort (Pilot)


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