About Restorative​​ Practices
It's about talking and listening.
Restorative practices can be used in a variety of settings. The common element is a set of ground rules that ensure everyone has a chance to speak and to listen.

Organizations 

Circles provide a way for colleagues to get to know each other better, share values, set goals, and learn from one another.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Companies and organizations can also use circles and conferences in instances of disputes among colleagues and instances of wrongdoing.
 
What helps
 
  • Brainstorming circles
  • Check-in circles mid-project or after completion of projects to ensure quality and right-timing
  • Facilitated discussions among individuals and groups in conflict
  • Conferences to discuss wrongdoing and determine disciplinary action or amends. This sort of conference stresses accountability as well as support for all involved. 
  • Employee entry or change of work group
Schools
 
Schools face ever-increasing pressures to prepare the next generation of adults, to meet the latest government mandates for education, and, seemingly, to be all things to all students and their families. All while balancing the educational needs of many kinds of learners.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A restorative process helps slow down the pace and serves as a pressure valve to allow students, staff, and parents to gain perspective and find solutions to problems, together.
 
What helps
 
  • Classroom or other group circles to share values, set norms, build relationships
  • The “restorative chat” – a way for adults and/or students to address conflict and behavior before it gets out of hand
  • Conferences to explore harms after incidents of rule-breaking or hurtful exchanges (Yes, some instances of bullying can be dealt with in such conferences)
  • Conferences for re-entry from suspension. These can be used to address accountability and also establish supports for the returning student or staff member.
 
 
 
Communities

Barking dogs? Loud music? Visual “pollution”? Verbal barbs traded at the driveway?
 
Many such instances are reported to police, who often can do little if no “crime” is involved. And if the matter gets caught up in the justice system, the ill feelings likely grow.

How do neighbors co-exist if the problem persists or if one feels overpowered by the other, or let down by authorities?

By talking through the issues, why they matter, and how participants can consider and address each other's needs. A facilitated discussion, led by an experienced guide, can help neighbors talk through their grievances and needs in a way that moves to solutions.
 
What helps
 
A facilitated discussion in which all who are willing to participate have the 
opportunity to air feelings, state needs, and offer ideas for going forward.