Building Community One HAAT at a Time by Jenny Escobar
Restorative Justice Monthly Newsletter: December 2015
Over the last month, HAAT students, staff and teachers have been busy wrapping up the semester. Here are some highlights of Restorative Justice Practices in December:
Community Building Circle with 12th grade advisory teachers
Harm and Conflict Circle with 4 students and 3 adults
Restorative Conversations with parents and students
Community Building and Holiday Celebrations:
Family Science Night: Ms. Fuentes & Ms. Chavez
Photo club: Ms Yugovich
Senior college applications: Ms. Lona
Running Club: Ms. Benedict
Hero or Villain Presentations: Ms. Ng
and many Holiday celebrations.
Harm and Conflict Circles at HAAT
What is a Restorative Justice response to discipline?
Traditional discipline focuses on
- Who broke the rule?
- What rule was broken?
- What punishment does the offender deserve?
- The person harmed (victim) is not considered
- Rules, fault and punishment are key
Restorative Discipline focuses on
- Who was involved and how?
- Which relationships have been harmed?
- What do participants (particularly those harmed) need?
- What agreement(s) can support healing and ensure that the harm is not repeated?
- Relationships, respect and responsibility are key
Affective statements, Restorative Questions, and Motivational Interviewing are at the heart of resolving conflict and restoring relationships!
(© The California Conference for Equality and Justice, 2015)
Upcoming Restorative Justice Activities
Thursday, January 21st 3:45-5:45pm
Come learn games and activities that can help you build community with your students and/or help students be ready for circle in your class.
Restorative Justice Task Force
Restorative Justice requires that we continue to make a cultural shift in how we relate to each other as a community of teachers, students, administrators, staff and families .
As a result, starting January we will be convening a task force to plan and implement school events that promote Restorative Justice Principles such as:
Relationships, Respect & Responsibility.
Please let me know if you will like to be part of the task force aka Restorative Justice Gladiators!
Community Building/Curriculum Circles
As we start the new year and new semester, please continue doing circles with your students. If you need extra support or need to get started on doing circles, please contact me I am here to help you plan, implement, and evaluate your circle practices.
Ask a Restorative Justice Coordinator...
In addition to helping you plan for circles in your classroom, I am also here to help you strategize on how to handle a difficult student or a conflict with student and/or colleague.