Restorative Practices, also referred to as Restorative Justice, is an approach to solving problematic behavior in schools that focuses on building a positive community for students and stakeholders. Schools that use Restorative Practices replace punitive discipline systems with techniques such as Responsive Circles or Restorative Conferencing, which restore the positive community by repairing the harm done. Wrongdoers are then less likely to become repeat offenders and are welcomed back into the fold.
Kickboard helps schools implementing Restorative Practices in the following ways:
Help students internalize core values by acknowledging when they happen. With a quick tap of a button along with your verbal praise, students gain merit points when they exhibit the values your school is teaching.
Capture real-time data to build an online data portfolio showing students’ character strengths and opportunities for growth. This data portfolio informs individual student goal-setting, celebrations, intervention-planning and student problem-solving.
Document teacher and student actions such as written restorative reflections, circles, or other responsive interventions in order to create a comprehensive picture of interventions attempted for each student.
Measure the success of your overall Restorative program by comparing interventions alongside trends in core values and school culture health.
Kickboard and Restorative Practices have complemented each other beautifully at Broome Street Academy High School. Both initiatives are intentional efforts to build positive relationships while monitoring and holding students accountable for excellence.
Ron Brown College Preparatory High School (RBHS), Washington, D.C.’s first all-male public school, is building a new kind of school culture from the ground up. Using Kickboard culture data as their guide, leaders, teachers, and students engage in intentional restorative practices that build a strong, healthy community.
Your Kickboard School Culture Coach will help you establish and strengthen your school’s Restorative Practices implementation, guiding you to: