What are Restorative Practices (RP)?
A restorative school is one that takes a restorative approach to resolving conflict and preventing harm. Restorative approaches enable those who have been harmed to convey the impact of the harm to those responsible, and for those responsible to acknowledge this impact and take steps to make it right.
Restorative approaches refer to a range of methods and strategies which can be used both prevent relationship-damaging incidents from happening and to resolve them if they do happen. Becoming a restorative school has many benefits, including increased attendance, reduced suspensions and improved achievement. It can also alleviate problems such as bullying, classroom disruption, truancy, antisocial behavior, and disputes between students, their families and staff members.
Upcoming Training Opportunities:
For the 2021-22 school year, SJUSD has limited opportunities for site teams or individuals to attend a 2-day online training through the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP). This $450/per person training will be paid for by district funds (if a staff member requires a substitute, the site will be responsible for arranging and paying for sub costs).
Please click on the following link for current and upcoming training opportunities (IIRP - Restorative Practices for Educators):
Should space be available, please contact Jill Mahurin, Secretary, Student Support Services (916-971-7220) for registration (sites must confirm site initiated absence requests for substitutes prior to registration).
District Restorative Practices Leadership Team:
Dominic Covello, Director, Student Support Services
Christine Moran, Director, Multi-Tiered System of Supports
*Sean Bollinger, Behaviorist, Student Support Services
*Christina Sparks, Coordinator, Special Grants and Programs
*Monika Howard, Program Specialist, White House Counseling Center
*Lori Vine, Program Specialist, Equity and Student Achievement
*Elizabeth Lopez, Coordinator Family and Community Engagement
*District RP Trainer