It's easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. ~ Frederick Douglass
Restorative Practices build strong children by fostering healthy
relationships and providing a way back when those relationships are damaged through
harm. These practices are cultivated in culture of equity and ethical
development; in places where people think about core values, strive to bring
their best selves to work and relationships, and what to make things right when
they mess up.
The structure and strategies of Restorative Practices are unpacked in the CharacterPlus Restorative Practices Academy. But the stuff that makes it worth the effort is glimpsed in action. This group of Oakland (California) high school students translate the protocols of a Community Building Circle into a level of connection that is authentic and powerful. So powerful that it can unmask defenses, inspire accountability, put a voice to pain, included those easy to excel, navigate conflict, and heal.
The students from Parkway Northeast Middle School are closer to home that Oakland's leaders. They show Restorative Practices Academy participants how to become Circle-Keepers by facilitating circles with them.
Sanford N. McDonnell Center for CharacterPlus 1460 Craig Road
Saint Louis, MO 63146