OUR VISION OF A RESTORATIVE SCHOOL COMMUNITY
“Building strong relationships, acknowledging and healing harm, student-centered learning, and a more caring community culture.”
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.
Our Restorative Mindset
- Relationships and trust are at the center of all healthy school communities. Students who feel connected to school are more likely to succeed, have better school attendance, show more engagement in learning, and achieve high academic levels.
- All members of the school community are responsible for one another.
- Multiple perspectives are always welcome and all voices are considered equal.
- All students need a chance to learn from their mistakes and make them right. Conflict resolution is an important social-emotional skill that students will need throughout their lives.
- Conflict is best resolved through honest dialogue and community problem-solving that addresses the root causes and needs of all those involved.
- Wrongdoers should both be held accountable and supported to take an active role in repairing the harm caused. This collaborative process is essential to maintaining a healthy school community.
At Hiawatha Academies, we are committed to building relationships and trust between our school and students. Students who feel connected to school are more likely to succeed, have better school attendance, show more engagement in learning, and achieve high academic levels.