As you may know, we have been a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) campus for seven years. This year, I’ve become very passionate about proactive and effective ways to improve student relationships and promoting harmony on our campus through “Restorative Practices.” Strategies such as using responsive circles in the classroom for community building, celebrations, decision-making, curriculum focus (share/teach one another), or for conflict resolution, really connect to our SEL process. There is also evidence that a shift away from traditional discipline practices (punitive) toward a restorative school climate can empower our students with self-awareness and relational skills needed in life.
Earlier in January, the BWE staff was engaged in professional development to learn more about restorative practices based on a leadership training I attended in October and a book study, “Restorative Discipline Practices.” Ms. Gee, our wonderful school counselor, and I will be attending “Leading with Restorative Practices” training this week. I am excited to share this information at my Feb. 23rd Principal’s Coffee as we work together in raising caring, confident and capable children.
Bryker Woods Forever,