Restorative practices are approaches to proactively build positive school culture and relationships while holding students accountable for disruptive behaviors and providing students an opportunity to repair harm and restore positive relationships. Restorative practitioners have a mindset of spending 80% of the time being proactive, using affective statements, affective questions, and small impromptu conversations with students. Twenty percent of the time is spent on responding to student's behaviors using circles and formal conferences, which take time and planning. Engaging in restorative practices result in fewer disruptive behaviors, suspensions, and expulsions which allows more time for educators and students to focus on in-school learning.
Builds healthy relationships between educators and students
Reduces and prevents harmful behavior; improves behavior
Repairs harm and restores positive relationships
Resolves conflict and holds individuals/groups accountable
Addresses and discusses the needs of the school community
Utah Code 53G-8-211-Responses to school-based behavior, prohibits referrals to law enforcement or juvenile court for truancy and for class C misdemeanors, infractions, and status offenses and offenses committed on school grounds. It allows referrals for these offenses to alternative school-based interventions including mobile crisis outreach teams, receiving centers operated by Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services, youth courts, and other restorative justice programs.
Restorative practices provide an option to local educational agencies to meet the requirements as specified under UCA § 53G-8-211.
USBE Trainings offered
- Restorative Practices Foundational: Click here to register through MIDAS
- Part 1: March 14, 2024 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm
- Part 2: March 15, 2024 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
- Restorative Circles: Click here to register through MIDAS
- Part 1: March 21, 2024 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm
- Part 2: March 22, 2024 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
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