Hello Santa Rosa High School Team! My name is Mayra Gonzalez and I’m the new Restorative Specialist here as part of the implementation of BEST Plus within the Santa Rosa City School District. It is my honor to be working with you and your students to support, as well as create positive relationships and outcomes..
Restorative Practices is a framework for building community and for preventing and or responding to challenging behavior through authentic dialogue. The framework also helps all involved parties come to an understanding by giving them an equitable voice and making things as right as possible for restoring relationships. The strongest and most profound learning takes place when students, staff, teachers, parents and administration work together as a team and this is especially powerful when we work through our challenges together. The restorative practices range from informal to formal circle practices and processes depending on the severity of the harm done and impacted parties involved. This is a paradigm shift that provides a learning process for empathy, accountability, self-regulating, choices and perspectives that differ from our own. Learning through conflict can help heal impacted parties and a build the foundation for a successful life.
At this time, students and classroom challenges are to be referred to me through our Admin team using a Restorative Referral Form. My time will be split between Ridgway High School and Santa Rosa High School. Tuesday and Wednesday I will be at Ridgway High School and Thursday and Fridays i will be at Santa Rosa High School. We will continue to implement plans to decrease suspensions and expulsions,and increase the safety of our school.
Mayra Gonzalez is the new Restorative Specialist here as part of the implementation of BEST Plus within the Santa Rosa City School District. She will be working parents and students to support, as well as create positive relationships and outcomes.