Estes Park School District is a Restorative Practices DistrictRestorative Practices include connection circles, adult and peer-led mediation, and conferencing to build a stronger community within our schools and respond to student misbehavior by getting to the root cause of the problem. The goal of a restorative culture is to teach social-emotional and conflict-resolution skills in a way that encourages acceptance of responsibility for misbehavior, increases self-discipline, and fosters an appreciation for the rights of others.
Using this model in our school community allows all students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members to get to know each other through active and respectful listening and ultimately creating a foundation of trust and empathy. When people are engaging in a restorative manner, it affects the overall campus climate in a healthy way, making harm less likely to occur in the first place.
What were you thinking at the time?
What have you thought about since?
Who has been affected by what you have done? In what way?
What do you think you need to do to make things right?