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Restorative Practice in Schools – beyond behaviour management?

Some leading experts understand the restorative approach in schools as a great way to manage behaviour. Amongst those presenting at RJ World are David Vinegrad, a well experienced trainer and conference facilitator in teacher education with wide ranging experience with international and Australian schools. Laura Mooiman, an international educational consultant based in the Netherlands, will share the insights as a project director for the Wellness Program and PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support). The goal of PBIS, on which she will elaborate in her presentation, is to create “(…) systems and structures to prevent problem behavior, make students and staff feel safe, and shift staff mindset toward positive approaches to managing student behaviour.” If you want to learn more about this vision, check out her page:

On the other side, some pioneers claim that a restorative approach can only unleash its full potential when thinking beyond, or outside behaviour management. Michelle Stowe, a name mentioned the Blogpost “Culture Change Starts in Schools“, explicitly articulates her passion to move “(…) conversations beyond ‘behaviour management’ and towards growing relational learning communities. In her presentation, she will explore the concept of leadership as modelling. In her view, thinking restoratively informs “how we think, speak, share, listen, ask and show up, all day every day in our classrooms and beyond.”

And also, check out our other posts about the topic “RESTORATIVE SCHOOLING”:
Culture change starts in schools: Meet the international changemakers behind the movement
The disputed concept of (school-) culture
Teaching and Learning after Covid?!

1 Response

  1. EmmanuelChiemezie

    The special role of schools as socialization agents affirms the submission of Michelle Stowe that educational institutions could serve as centres for culture change. With teachers and other school managers who think, speak, share, listen, ask and act restoratively, the young ones follow suit and become change agents. In the school environment, students are guided by adults who have been trained and have accepted restorative justice principles and practices. They are able to ask questions, have their thought patterns and fears cleared.
    The result of such emerging community that believe and practice restorative justice is that very healthy relationships will manifest. The vengeful and hateful environment in our communities and schools will be replaced by those that are friendly, humane and with minimal criminal activities.
    Children and youths remain key driver’s of change in communities. Positively influencing them in a school setting will save the Government and communities the resources spent to manage wrongs. Similarly, families and parents are spared the emotional, economic and social pains of being victims of crimes or having their members behind bars as law breakers.
    African nations need to embrace this concept of restorative justice based school systems. That will humanize our schools and communities. African towns and villages have become battle fields where illegal arms are freely used for all kinds of criminal activities. These have led to huge wastages in human and material resources. Such should not be allowed to continue. RJ World eConference has taught us enough lessons.
    Many thanks to Michelle for her great work, and the conference organizers and sponsors for this thoughtful project.

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