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Restorative Practices

Restorative approaches are about building community and strengthening relationships. Restorative approaches are based on the idea that when people feel part of a supportive community, they respect others in that community and become accountable to it. Schools can foster this sense of community through daily or weekly circles, in advisory, or in any class. Restorative Circles are facilitated by trained staff and they help participants better understand each other, engendering a sense of empathy and connection. Staff build the effort by modeling collaborative, respectful behavior themselves.