Restorative Justice Program
Restorative Justice Action Team
Restorative Justice at Our School
I.S. 126 is committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for all members of our school community, who bring with them diverse abilities, interests, viewpoints, and family and cultural backgrounds. These differences can be a source of great energy and strength when members of the community value and respect one another. We use restorative practices to foster positive interpersonal and intergroup relations and to address inappropriate behavior when it occurs. This progressive approach to discipline changes the fundamental questions that are asked when a behavioral incident occurs. Instead of asking who is to blame and how those engaged in the misbehavior will be punished, a restorative approach asks four key questions: 1) What happened? 2) Who was harmed or affected by the behavior? 3) What needs to be done to make things right? 4)How can people behave differently in the future?
Restorative practices we use include restorative circles, peer mediation, community re-entry conferences, and formal restorative conferencing.