Restorative practices and restorative justice programs are now being implemented in nearly 100 MCPS schools across the county.
In short, restorative practices reflect a mindset and philosophy toward school climate and relationship building. It is a social justice platform that allows students to:
- build community and self-care;
- actively engage and problem-solve physical, psychological, social and disciplinary issues that affect their lives and community; and
- take responsibility for their actions and work with those affected to restore the community and members who were harmed as a result of those actions. You can also find more information about the program here.
And this is the December newsletter 2018, which includes information about the first intra-county restorative justice student leadership coalition, which will meet for the first time on January 28th.
The MCPS Office of Student and Family Support and Engagement is offering a series of workshops for parents on restorative justice:
- February 5th, 6:30-8:30 pm at Julius West Middle School
- April 2nd, 6:30-8:30 pm at Loiderman Middle School.
This is exciting, cutting-edge work that supports students' holistic well-being and helps to build a positive school community. It's also an approach to communication and conflict that you may find helpful in your home and work environments.