Restorative Justice (Level 1)
The restorative justice model is divided into three tiers or levels:
Tier or Level 1 focuses on relationships, basic principles, collegial relationships, teacher/student relationships, and community circles.
Tier or Level 2 focuses on the development of restorative conversations, restorative circles, classroom conference circles, and brief restorative interventions.
Tier or Level 3 is designed to deal with the serious wrongdoings between students and or staff. It requires training in how to hold a pre-conference, the actual conference, and establishing an agreement between all affected parties.
The restorative justice Level 1 model is based on the research and training of Dr. Tom Cavanagh. This model is an excellent tool for the classroom teacher or other professionals to improve relationships between leaders and staff, teachers and students, and build connectedness and cooperation within the classroom.
Understanding and applying the Level 1 model helps the school employee to improve communication skills, establish meaningful relationships, and to work more effectively with students and staff. It also helps to establish mutual respect between students and staff.
In order for the educator to effectively apply the Tier 1 model he/she must:
- use restorative tools to build and maintain a healthy community among leaders and staff,
- use restorative tools to build and maintain a healthy community among teachers and students and,
- effectively facilitate a community circle to help teachers and students build connectedness and cooperation.
- Watch the above clips on “collegial relationships”. Record evidence of those pieces that build and maintain a healthy community among leaders and staff.
- Watch the above clip on “student/teacher relationships”. Record evidence of those pieces that build and maintain a healthy community among teachers and students.
- Watch the above clip on “community circles”. Record evidence of those pieces that build connectedness and cooperation.
- Discuss and compare your results from the restorative justice videos with other colleagues.
Part 1. Restorative Justice Level 1 Community Circles Overview Questions (200-word limit for each response)
Activity Description: How would you characterize your relationship with your students and leadership? After observing the previous videos on collegial relationships and teacher/student relationships, what behaviors are similar and what behaviors would you change as it applies to your relationships with your students and leadership.
Passing: Activity description is clear with sufficient detail to illustrate that the teacher was effective in understanding the skills needed for a successful relationship with students and leaders.
Activity Evaluation: What strategies did you learn about collegial relationships and student/teacher relationships that you can apply to your daily instruction and school activities. Compare these new strategies with actual experiences you have had with your students and colleagues.
Passing: Activity description is clear with sufficient detail to illustrate that the teacher was effective in applying the basic principles of collegial relationships and student/teacher relationships.
Part 3 Restorative Justice Level 1 Community Circles Reflection
Provide a reflection on what you learned, using the following questions as a guide (200-word limit):
- How did the collegial and student/teacher relationship video impact your relationship with students and colleagues and what changes do you plan to make as it applies to collegial and student relationships? Please site two concrete examples
- How will the community circle model improve your relationship with students in the future? Give at least two examples.