Restorative Justice

  • RestorativePracticeGraphicRestorative Practices is a social science that focuses on building and strengthening relationships between individuals, families, and the communities that they live in. It involves a paradigm shift away from the traditional punitive practices that are embedded in our schools, businesses, governmental organizations, and other areas of our daily lives. In a school setting, restorative circles are used as a tool to check in, get to know each other better, and to address and repair relationships when harm occurs. At its roots which are based in Indigenous teachings, Restorative Practices prioritizes belongingness for students and staff, social emotional learning for children, student and family engagement, community involvement, and racial equity. 
     
    In most situations of more serious harm such as fighting, drugs, weapons, and bullying where exclusionary discipline methods such as ISS and OSS are typically used, HMC-1 is committed to using a tool called Restorative Conferencing. This is a structured meeting that includes all stakeholders who were impacted by the harm, who come to a decision regarding how to hold the student accountable, while making the situation as right as possible and implementing supports to address the underlying issues or unmet needs that led to the incident. For example, this typically includes all students involved, a caregiver to support each student, school staff, and a trained facilitator. Restorative Conferencing is an effective tool to mend relationships, establish and maintain safety in our schools, and maintain a commitment to disrupt and dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline that plagues all of our students, but disproportionately impacts our black and brown students, our students with IEPs, and male students. 
     
     

Our Partners

  • H & R Block Foundation         Children's Services Fund         Health Forward Foundation