Life Anew believes in creating a space where students and adults can develop empathy, respect and common values by listening and hearing one another. We accomplish this goal by using restorative practices.
With the data showing that punitive discipline is not the best way to address disciplinary issues or the most effective method for changing behavior, many school districts are considering the utilization of restorative practices. One method of prevention and conflict resolution that Life Anew utilizes in schools is circles. Circles provide structure so that people will have the freedom to share openly and honestly with others to build healthy peer-peer relationships, develop socially and emotionally, heal from harm and repair harm that we have caused others.
Life Anew is currently providing Restorative Practices Coordinators for Martin Middle School, KIPP Connections Elementary School and Manor Excel Academy. The Life Anew Restorative Practices Coordinator helps to develop a whole school implementation of restorative practices on each of these campuses. Life Anew also ensures that restorative practices are embedded in the communities around the schools to help create a restorative culture within the entire community.
In addition Life Anew is partnered with the Travis County Truancy Court to facilitate restorative justice circles for students who have truancy issues and behavioral challenges. Life Anew provides restorative justice practices to create a space where participants can answer the questions, what harm has been caused and to whom? What are the needs and obligations? How should all affected repair the harm. This is a healthy alternative to retributive Justice, which focuses on, what rules are broken? Who broke it and how to punish them?
Life Anew is onsite at the following Schools:
- Manor Excel High School
- Manor AP
- Martin Middle School
- KIPP Elementary
Restorative Justice in Schools
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