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A Day in the Life of a Student in a Restorative Community

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Saturday, January 27, 2024 was the second time four trainers presented our new RP 201 Seminar: From ACEs to PACEs – Building Restorative Relationships. The team made some changes after the first one. This seminar was more focused and flowed much better. In my collaboration time with San Diego County Office of Education last month, a slide (shared here at the featured image) was shared from San Diego Unified School District.

It is a Day in the Life of a Student Who is Part of a Restorative Community that features eight concepts (refer to image). The concepts provide an excellent overview of what a student (and staff) may experience in a typical day if their school is practicing restorative practices principles.

Our participants created graphic organizers that depicted what students may See? Hear? And Feel? On a typical day for six of the 8 concepts. We didn’t have enough participants with restorative practices background knowledge to represent the last two concepts. Participants at one of the six charts and then rotated so we could add our input to each graphic organizer.

This was an excellent strategy because multiple small groups added ideas to each one. I was impressed with how much content participants were able to identify. Attached is a photo of Concept 6. “Everyone treats me like their own child with love and high expectations.” In the next What’s New? I’ll share about disconnected, disengaged and students with trauma.

A poster demonstrating concept 6
  • Are you relieved when certain students are absent?
  • Do you have students who “push your buttons”?
  • Do you find yourself butting heads with the same students day-after-day?

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