"RJ allows both students and staff to put themselves in another person's shoes. They are able to gain perspective in a situation from both the person who caused harm and the
person(s) who was harmed. A lot of times incidents happen and the student is held accountable, however there is not time in the day to allow a reconnection process to repair the harm.
RJ allows there to be time. RJ is also important because it allows the person who caused harm to realize their actions, many times, affect more than just one person."
- Andrew Maben
(Intensive Behavior Classroom Teacher)
"I feel that our RJ circles help to clear the atmosphere and clear the air to allow us to get rid of our problems. It helps to deal with each other in a safe space, get our feelings
out in a respectful way, and help us to be cooperative and engaged." - Andreah (9th grade student)
"Restorative practices aren't only used when harm has been done and needs to be repaired. Restorative practices can be used on a daily basis in a classroom setting to help build
a sense of community between the students. Commmunity building circles, which are tier 1 circles that everyone participates in, are meant to build bonds and strengthen relationships.
When students are able to share information about themselves in a safe setting, such as a circle, they realize that other students have similar experiences to them and share similar
thoughts with them. This helps to build a positive classroom environment, helps students learn to respect each other, and created less problems between students in the classroom."
- Kristen Willman