PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Many schools today that are searching for solutions to problems other than suspensions, zero tolerance and punishments have turned to the Institute for Restorative Practices’ talk-it-out approach, creating a leadership model that fosters dialogue among students.
Ongoing communication is critical. Parties make a circle, present their sides and work toward resolving issues and restoring relationships, repairing harm rather than punishing the offender. With collective responsibility, students develop and enforce the rules.READ MORE: Philadelphia Health Department Revises COVID Guidance For Schools, Adds Weekly Testing For Unvaccinated Students 12 And Under
All professional and school support staff are trained. Students are taught to problem solve, to lower tension stressing cooperation instead of hostility. In Newtown, PA, over a three year period, detentions dropped 82% and suspensions are down 59%. When West Philadelphia High School tried the approach dealing with many misbehaviors, suspensions dropped 50%.READ MORE: Upper Darby High School Dismissed Early After Student Sets Paper Towel Roll On Fire In Bathroom
Starting and ending the day in a circle using Restorative Practices works, giving more time to teaching and learning. Data on its website, www.iirp.org give support for this proactive, cost-effective approach to civility based on communication and responsibility.MORE NEWS: Lockdown Lifted At Hardy Williams Mastery Charter School After 911 Call Warning Of School Shooting
Reported By Dr. Marciene Mattleman, KYW Newsradio