• Restorative practice works to encourage positive relationships, to repair relationships when they have been harmed, and to build a school community based on cooperation, trust, and respect. It's about teaching expectations and pro-social behaviors through restorative communications, problem solving, making agreements, and resolving conflicts with students -- not to them or for them. 

    Why take this approach?

    • It defines our learning community with a sense of belonging and the importance of relationships.
    • Conflicts happen and are opportunities to strengthen relationships when the harm is repaired.
    • It teaches problem solving, cooperation, and accountability when all voices are heard and valued.

    Questions for when things go wrong …

    • What happened?
    • What were you thinking of at the time?
    • What are you thinking now?
    • How did your harm affect others? In what way?
    • What do you think you need to do to make things right?
    • What will you do differently next time?

    When someone has been hurt …

    • What did you think when you realized what happened?
    • How did this incident impact you and others?
    • What has been the hardest thing for you?
    • What do you think needs to happen to make things right?


  • Contact us

    Sara Pickering,
    safe schools specialist
    (859) 381-4311

    Seven options for schools:

    1. Affective statements
    2. Restorative questions
    3. Classroom circles
    4. Rupture-repair agreements
    5. Mediation process
    6. Conflict resolution circles
    7. Formal restorative conferences: re-entry & repairing harm



  • Definition: Restorative practices is a process to involve, to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific conflict and to collectively identify and address harms, needs, and obligations in order to heal and put things as right as possible.”

    -- Howard Zehr
    from "The Little Book
    of Restorative Justice"

    Web tip: The URL shortcut to this page is fcps.net/restorative