SFUSD Restorative Practices Language

We are a Community.  Recognizing that the strength and health of the community (among students, staff, and families) directly impacts school climate (sense of belonging and connectedness) and academic achievement.  Every member of the community is important and contributes greatly.  Each person’s actions affect the health of the community in a positive or negative way.  Recommendation: constantly refer to the student, staff and family groups as a “community,” and stress the importance of having a strong, healthy community.  SFUSD


What is the Relationship like?  Reinforcing the importance of positive relationships is essential to the development of a strong community.  Positive relationships lay the foundation for cooperation, skill development and learning.  Recommendation: constantly inquire about the strength of the “relationship/s” between/among students, staff and families.  Celebrate positive relationships and when challenges arise, specifically ask, “what is the relationship like between…” (students, yourself and your students, a particular student and his/her classroom peers, staff members, etc.)  Self-reflect on your own relationships with school community members and ask others to reflect on their relationships.  SFUSD


What happened?  Ask open-ended questions that allow for a genuine retelling of an experience.  Recommendation:  Do not ask they “why” question.  Instead, ask “what happened?” when inquiring about specific actions or behaviors.


Who is Impacted (harmed) by what happened?  For both positive and negative actions, recognizing impact to teach that one’s actions affect the greater community.  It is equally important to reinforce positive impact, as it is to teach that negative behavior harms relationships and the health of the community.  Recommendation:  Consider age appropriate language to use in response to students and staff actions/behaviors, reinforcing the importance of positive relationships and community.  SFUSD