Using Restorative Justice Peacemaking Circles in an educational setting can prevent, repair and right wrong-doing.
IF you only use Circles for building culture and climate, you are missing out on ways to empower students in problem solving.
IF you are only using Circles as an alternative discipline model, you miss inclusive teaching styles.
Over the past 14 years, I’ve been blessed with learned to deepen my interactions with Circle process. I have trained staff from college campuses and elementary schools. When you learn the methods and approach to a Restorative Justice Peacemaking Circle, the applications can be broad and far reaching.
From dialogue on a social justice topic, to processing a sudden death.
To build culture and climate of inclusion and engagement to finding solutions to common problems.
Restorative Justice Peacemaking Circles develop the individual skills of those trained as keepers, while deepening relationships and connections to anyone who experiences Circle process.
When exploring the implementation of Restorative Justice Circle or School-based Restorative Justice, consider expanding the reach of how you intend to use Circle process.
At SCVRJP we depend on the model as blogged about here consistently. The framework applies to all types of Circles. Keepers feel more comfort knowing that the topic varies, but the general format does not. Harm from jalepnos to homicide can be addressed in Circle! That is the title of a presentation I’ll be doing in a few days!