Local Schools and Community Partners Deepen Restorative Practices Work
What are Restorative Practices?
Restorative Practices focus on strengthening relationships between individuals and social connections within communities. Restorative Practices also emphasize the importance of restoring relationships and community when harm has occurred. Training participants had the chance to participate in and learn how to lead community-building circles, which open the possibility for increased communication, collaboration and mutual understanding in the classroom.
Asheville Middle and Owen Middle are now entering year two of restorative practices implementation. Last year, most of the initial work in those schools was to encourage teachers to put an added emphasis on relationship-building activities with students and to lead community-building circles among school staff members.
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