Guest blogger Rebecca Gray: Shares Perspective on Article on Le Grand HS

Early Engagement Increases Commitment to Restorative Justice: Helping young people understand the principles and practices of restorative justice is a crucial first-step for maintaining and growing support for RJ initiatives. Once familiar, there is a greater chance supporters will continue to remain active promoting restorative justice efforts and sharing the wisdom behind RJ practices. 

School-based programs are incubators for restorative justice success, providing high school graduates committed to furthering momentum in the field. Schools with restorative justice programs do not provide the same levels of exposure as those with active participation among students, so increasing the size and scope of restorative justice efforts is an educational mission to be shared by RJ advocates.

Le Grand High School

 A California high school of approximately 500 students runs a worthy program, furnishing one example of how school administrators move restorative justice programs forward. At Le Grand High School, the fledgling program has grown legs, blossoming into an effective extension of the school's disciplinary policies.

Participants learn about restorative justice as they apply the same standards to school problems, which once called for a zero tolerance policy. Today, the disciplinary policies at Le Grand reflect a more equitable approach for resolving problems at the school.

Since initiating the program with grant money, the Restorative Justice League, its core feature, has grown into an organization on the cutting edge of restorative justice education. Expulsion and suspension rates are down at the school, supporting expansion of the program and offering inspiration to other administrators committed to restorative justice.

Author Byline:

This guest post is contributed by Rebecca Gray, who writes for Backgroundchecks.org. She welcomes your comments at her email id: GrayRebecca14@gmail.com.

 

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