Restorative Discipline (RD)

Restorative Discipline (RD)

Restorative Discipline is a part of the Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). Restorative Discipline flips the script on traditional behavior management by focusing on community building and the development of strong and powerful relationships, not just punishment. With Restorative Discipline, you challenge your students to understand how their actions affected others and why they might have taken those actions. By doing this, you focus on repairing social injury and damage, and empowering students to be the best they can possibly be.

Traditional Discipline Restorative Discipline
Misbehavior defined as breaking rules. Misbehavior defined as harm (emotional/mental/physical) done to one person/group by another.
Focus is on what happened and establishing blame or guilt. Focus on problem-solving by expressing feelings and needs and exploring how to address problems in the future.
Attention to rules and adherence to due process. Attention to relationships and achievement of a mutually desired outcome.
Conflict/wrongdoing represented as impersonal and abstract; individual versus school. Conflict/wrongdoing recognized as interpersonal conflicts with opportunity for learning.
One social injury compounded by another. Focus on repair of social injury/damage.
School community as spectators, represented by member of staff dealing with the situation; those directly affected uninvolved and powerless. School community involved in facilitating restoration; those affected taken into consideration; empowerment.
Accountability defined in terms of receiving punishment. Accountability defined as understanding impact of actions, taking responsibility for choices, and suggesting ways to repair harm.

Why Restorative Discipline?

Youth place significant attention on how they are treated.  When punished, it is easy for them to fixate on the harm they experience rather than how their behavior may affect others.
This focus on the self leads to resentment toward the punisher.  And resentment turns into resistance to participation in activities and disassociation and/or aggression toward others.

Restorative practices take incidents that might otherwise result in punishment and create opportunities for students to: Become aware of the impact of their behavior. Understand the obligation to take responsibility for their actions, and take steps towards making things right. Through this process, students learn how to interact and manage their relationships with adults and peers.  They become better equipped to understand how their actions impact others and how to monitor future behavior.  Restorative practices encourage accountability, improve school safety, help strengthen relationships, and create Productive learning environments.


Bringing Restorative Discipline to your Campus.

We currently offer multiple ways of learning about Restorative Discipline or bringing it to your campus.

Restorative Discipline Administrator Training 

This is offered three times a year, during the fall, spring, and summer. It's a completely free workshop designed for campus staff and central office staff to learn more about the components of Restorative Discipline and how to get started with implementation. It's an entry into restorative practices.

Restorative Discipline Facilitator Training 

Twice a year, once during fall and once during spring, we offer a three-day training here at Region 13 to train campus staff in facilitating Restorative Discipline on their campuses. It's designed for those who already understand a bit about restorative practices, with some light philosophy talk, but mostly focused on learning, facilitating, and participating in various types of circles and conferences. 

Restorative Discipline Campus Team Training and Coaching Support Contract

This is a contract for 9 total days of professional development for $4,500 designed for campuses looking to fully dive into Restorative Discipline. This support includes 4 days of team training hosted here at Region 13, and 5 days of on-site coaching. It's designed for teams of 8-10 broad members of your campus to get trained fully in everything related to restorative discipline. You'll have support in conducting circles, implementing a campus wide action plan, setting up school-wide staff development and more. For more info on the contract, download our flyer, or contact Angela Isenberg to sign up and learn more.

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Restorative Discipline Workshops

Workshop Title Date  
Restorative Discipline Facilitator Training April 16th - 18th  Register
Restorative Discipline Administrator Training [FREE] June 8th, 2018 Register

RD Builds Stronger More Empathetic Communities.

To bring Restorative Discipline to your campus, or to learn more about the ideas, strategies, and theories behind Restorative Discipline send us an e-mail and we'll get back to you ASAP.

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