Restorative Justice is a mindset and philosophy toward school climate and relationship building. Important components are:
The focus is on education, learning from mistakes, identifying and working on the root of the behavior, making deep-level change, repairing relationships, and restoring students and staff to the environment.
The Key Values of Restorative Justice include:
Listen to how restorative practices focus on relationships, responsibility, and accountability
We work together to foster the physical, social, psychological, and academic well-being of students, staff, and families through:
Community Building: Building caring communities and healthy relationships based on mutual trust, respect, and responsibility
Self Care: Learning to recognize and regulate our emotions, so we don’t cause harm to ourselves or others
Conflict Resolution: Recognizing when our words or actions have harmed others and taking steps to repair that harm
The state of Maryland passed House Bill 725 in 2019, which requires school systems to incorporate the use of restorative approaches. The majority of the work in Restorative Justice is preventative and proactive. Montgomery County Public Schools has worked diligently to incorporate restorative justice and restorative practices in all of our schools to better serve the needs of our students.
The MCPS Restorative Justice Unit will prepare and engage all stakeholders in restorative practices through meaningful trainings, school-level support, collegial collaboration, and supported community partnerships.
Interactive workshops provide families with an overview of restorative justice practices and illustrate how they are successfully used in schools.
In schools, Restorative Justice could look like…
When harm has occurred within a school community, Restorative Justice practices focus on repairing harm and rebuilding relationships through reflection; honest and open dialogue; and collaborative problem-solving.
In schools, this could be done with…
There is a Restorative Justice Coach in each MCPS school to help implement restorative practices and approaches. Additionally, each school is supported by a central office team of Restorative Justice Instructional Specialists, Well-Being Social Workers, and Mindfulness Educators. Please click here to review the contacts for your school.
We also have a Canvas page of resources for MCPS families! Click here to enroll.
Office Phone Number: 240-740-5628