“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”
What is Restorative Practices?
Restorative Practices is a process guided by principles that build and sustain a culture of respect, responsibility and accountability which nurture trusting relationships within a safe, positive community.
Restorative Justice Principles:
The following principles reflect the values and concepts for implementing restorative practices in the school setting:
- Relationships are central to building community
- All members’ voices of the community are valued and everyone is heard
- High expectations with high support, emphasizing doing things “WITH” not “TO” or “FOR”
- Address misbehavior and harm in a way that strengthens relationships and focuses on the harm rather than the rule-breaking
- Collaborative problem solving
- Enhances accountability, responsibility and empowers change and growth for all members of the community
At the core, restorative practices is about building and sustaining relationships
What we do?
Restorative practices include interventions when harm has happened, as well as practices that help prevent harm and conflict by helping to build a sense of belonging, safety, and social responsibility in the school community. Restorative interventions:
Proactive: Tier 1
Requested by teacher/staff
- Classroom Community Circles: Culturally responsive structured circles to build connectedness and value/respect of differences.
- Open Space for Dialogue: relationship building, Thursday’s during lunch time.
- Restorative Dialogue: Intentional conversation to address and understand repetitive minor behavior before it reaches Tier 2
Responsive: Tier 2
Referred per Administrators
- Official Referrals: for conflict resolution and suspension diversion
- Suspension Reentries: for students that have served a suspension and are being integrated back into the school community
- Circles of support: Afterschool, once a week for students who are referred for ongoing support as part of their action plan
We look forward to working with you all! If you are ever unsure about our practices, have questions, or need our support, please reach out to us. You can email us, and/or we could set up an in-person meeting. Good luck for the 2019-20 school year!
I am Jessica Lueza the Restorative Specialist for Santa Rosa High School. I love what I do! Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to work with youth. I had three teachers, from K-12 grade, that made a huge impact in my life. The way that they went above and beyond to connect with us really stuck with me and further enforced my wanting to work with youth.
I went to Santa Rosa Junior College and received two Associate Degrees. One in Administration of Justice and the other in Social and Behavioral Sciences. I then transferred to California State University, Chico and received a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Sociology.
A few months after I moved back to Santa Rosa, I saw a job posting for Santa Rosa City Schools as a Restorative Specialist. I read the description and it was like a dream come true because it described exactly what I wanted to do as a career. Now I've come full circle. I graduated from Santa Rosa High School and I'm happy to be able to be back serving our students
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