In recent years, the importance of creating a positive school culture has become increasingly evident. At Del Lago, we are using the framework of restorative practice to help create a positive, supportive school environment for our scholars. Restorative practice includes proactive processes that focus on building relationships and community, as well as ensuring that all students feel welcome and connected.
The continuum of restorative practice includes how we speak to students on a daily basis and how discipline incidents are handled.
When a disciplinary problem occurs, or a relationship is harmed, scholars are provided the opportunity to meet in a controlled, supportive environment in order to learn about how their actions have affected others and what may be done to “repair the harm.” In this way, scholars are not only able to take responsibility for their actions, but they are also able to restore the relationship and sense of community.
All teachers and many support staff participate in a three day Restorative Practice training. These practices are modeled every day at Del Lago through morning meetings and staff meetings.
Additional information about Restorative Practices can be found by reading Defining Restorative by Ted Wachtel at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2VFh8Zm-PZ1dVVmekFvZkszSGs/view?pref=2&pli=1