What is Restorative Discipline?
Restorative Justice, also known as Restorative Discipline, in education is a movement that is beginning to gain momentum in School Districts throughout our Country. Educational Institutions have for many years used a zero-tolerance policy where students were disciplined according to the policy of the School District which had an ideology that “zero-tolerance” was the way to discipline students for infractions rather than changing the behavior of the student. Restorative Discipline helps to create an environment where students make better choices rather than punishing students for their infractions. Restorative school discipline is people-focused. It is based on accepting that positive and supportive relationships are crucial for learning to occur in schools. With restorative discipline, conflicts are addressed by having the students make amends for their infractions. Restorative school discipline utilizes strategies that were developed and validated through decades of behavior management intervention research. It differs from a behavior management approach because it starts with relationships and interaction perspectives where the focus is on the whole-school organization and culture.
What is Culturally Responsive Teaching?
Culturally responsive teaching centers around implementing a student-focused approach to teaching. It uses the power of application by identifying the unique strengths of each child to encourage academic achievement and a sense of belonging in a classroom setting.
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