Future Implications for Restorative Practices in Schools

Future Implications for Restorative Practices in Schools

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3838-8.ch007

Abstract

Chapter 7 examines the changing of a school climate through the implementation of restorative practices. Enacting change requires time, support, effort, dedication, and consistency among school community members. Schools must consider the needs of their unique population, as there is no “one size fits all.” Having support across all levels, from the district level to the staff level to the community level, is essential to sustainability. Embarking on a new or different path may be met with skepticism from a school community; therefore, it is imperative that frequent training sessions and discussions occur. School community members and stakeholders should be continuously updated on the implementation and progress of incorporating restorative practices within a school. In conjunction with providing a meaningful investment in the social and emotional development of its students, embracing a restorative approach can change a school climate for the better.
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