This article explores restorative practices and offers six lessons learned from replacing punitive discipline with a community-oriented, restorative approach. Restorative practices not only can replace suspensions, but can also help to build a school culture and climate based on strengthening relationships and building community.Source:
Laura McClure, Edutopia, October 10, 2016Description:
Schools across the country are being urged to adopt restorative approaches as an alternative to suspensions, which may disproportionately affect students of color. But restorative practices do more than supplant punitive approaches to discipline. They can dramatically improve the school climate and strengthen the social and emotional skills of young people and adults. Instead of using punishments and rewards to influence the way students behave, restorative approaches address the underlying reasons for students’ hurtful behavior and nurture their intrinsic desire to treat others with care and respect.
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