Restorative Practices Tier 2 Early Intervention/ Conflict Resolution
Restorative Practices are based on a set principles and practices that provide a non-punitive response to the harm of people and relationships including students, teachers, and school administrators. These practices provide the opportunity to come to a shared understanding of an event, how people are impacted, and ways to move forward.
The restorative practice model is divided into three levels:
Tier 1 -focuses on building and maintaining relationships and effective communication
Tier 2 -focuses on low-level conflicts and challenges and repairing and maintaining healthy relationships
Tier 3- focuses on the most serious incidents when harm has been done and/or rules have been broken. “Conflict Circles” or “Restorative Conferences” requires pre-conferencing with each participant, creating an agreement, and monitoring agreements after conferences.
Understanding and applying the Tier 2 model helps school employees teach communication skills, build social-emotional competencies in students, and resolve conflicts among students and staff.
In order for the educator to effectively apply the Tier 2 model, he/she must:
use the restorative conversation tools to effectively resolve conflicts where harm has occurred,
effectively facilitate a restorative conversation between students to resolve conflict and repair the harm and,
effectively facilitate a restorative circle to help students identify a problem, develop strategies to solve the problem, and to implement those strategies.
Restorative Conversation – low-level conflict and challenges. Please watch the following videos to build a comprehensive understanding of Tier 2.
Introduction to Restorative Justice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtdoWo1D3sY
Restorative Justice Conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSwkFTABkR0
Student Testimonial https://www.ousd.org/Page/12415
Community Building Circle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdKhcQrLD1w
Discuss and compare your understanding of Tier 2 with other colleagues.
Part 1. Overview Questions (200-word limit for each response)
Activity Description: How do you presently resolve conflicts between students and conflicts that occur within your classroom? After viewing the previous videos on restorative conversations, what behaviors are similar and what behaviors would you change as it applies to your procedure for resolving conflicts?
Passing: The activity description is clear with sufficient detail to illustrate that the teacher was effective in understanding the skills needed for a successful restorative conversation and a successful restorative circle.
Activity Evaluation: What strategies did you learn about restorative conversations that you can apply to your daily instruction and school activities. Compare these new strategies with actual experiences you have had with your students.
Passing: The activity description is clear with sufficient detail to illustrate that the teacher was effective in applying the basic principles of restorative conversations and restorative circles.
Part 2. Evidence / artifacts
After watching the videos on restorative conversations, please submit 1 video (no longer than 10 min.) or an audio recording if you are not comfortable with video of you effectively facilitating a restorative conversation. Make sure you incorporate the key values and the basic questions for a restorative conversation.
Restorative Conversation – Basic Questions
1. What is the problem? 2. What are the effects of the problem, on the persons involved and the
community as a whole? 3. What is it like when the problem does not exist? 4. What can I/we do to move from this being a problem to that more ideal place where the problem does not exist, reconciliation occurs, and
harmony returns to the community?
Teacher demonstrates learning by effectively facilitating a restorative conversation, incorporating all four questions listed in the restorative conversation document.
Teacher demonstrates learning by effectively facilitating a restorative conversation, incorporating 3 of the four questions listed in the restorative conversation document.
Teacher demonstrates learning by effectively facilitating a restorative conversation, incorporating 2 of the four questions listed in the restorative conversation document.
Part 3. Teacher Reflection
Provide a reflection on what you learned, using the following questions as a guide (200-word limit):
How did the restorative conversation video impact your relationship with students and what changes do you plan to make as it applies to resolve conflicts in the future? Please cite two concrete examples
How will the restorative conversation model improve your relationship with students in the future? Give at least two examples.