What is Restorative Practice?
Restorative Practices is a social science that studies how a strong community can be built through relationship building, repairing harm caused and problem solving. Emerging as a common practice in many school districts, restorative practice replaces a punishment-oriented disciplinary system and focuses on inclusiveness and strong relationships among teachers and students.
Research & Data
Studies and data gathered from the implementation of Restorative Practices in many school districts have found that core areas of relationship building, academics, graduation rates, and absenteeism witness positive outcomes.
When we broke down Hiawatha Academies SY19-20 suspension data, we found that male students, Black students, and students with IEPs experienced a disproportionate number of suspensions than their peers. The largest number of suspensions fell into the category “Disruptive/ Disorderly Conduct/ Insubordination.” Instead of continuing our current practices without any significant decrease in suspensions or improvement in student outcomes, the implementation of restorative practices hopes to address issues when they arise via a human-centered approach.