The district-wide implementation of Restorative Practices in every school is part of a comprehensive effort to build a positive school climate and culture on school grounds and in the area around school zones. The benefits of Restorative Practices can build a positive school climate and culture by establishing better relationships, a sense of community, and a way to repair harm.
The United States Department of Education and the Michigan Department of Education recommended Restorative Practices and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports to assist schools in achieving social discipline and improving school climate, culture, and student achievement by:
- Reducing crime, violence, and bullying
- Improving behavior
- Improving leadership
- Restoring relationships
- Repairing harm
Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) and Michigan Integrated Behavior and Support Initiative (MiBlSI) are two additional models that have been and will continue to be implemented throughout the district.