Transforming Our Community
3 Tier, School-Wide Model
- Tier I RELATE:
RJ Facilitator trains and coaches teachers and students on restorative practices for community building
- Tier II REPAIR:
RJ Facilitator provides restorative conversations, harm circles
- Tier III RESTORE:
RJ Facilitator conducts re-entry circles and individualized circles of support
Restorative Justice Outcomes
Since we started keeping data in 2015, students have used restorative processes over 250,000 times. This data only reflects input from RJ staff and doesn’t include circles done by teachers or administrators. The actual number is much larger.
Restorative Justice works because:
- Students need to feel safe and engaged in order to learn
- It helps students build skills: social-emotional, conflict resolution and listening, effective communication
- Students learn how to view conflict as an opportunity and handle it effectively instead of negatively through social media
- Discipline should be a learning process and provide healing for all those involved.
Restorative Justice is proven to work in:
- Reducing dropout rates and chronic absence
- Improving graduation rates and school climate
- Resolving issues so students can return to the learning
The OUSD RJ program staffing consists of 18 site-based RJ Facilitators, 6 Restorative Community School Managers at the elementary level, 4 RJ Program Managers and 1 RJ Program Coordinator.
In the 2019-2020 school year the RJ Program at OUSD expects to train approximately 400 youth across the district at all age levels to be RJ circle keepers. These youth will facilitate circles to build community in their classrooms and schools as well as for healing harm and responding to conflict among their peers.