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Restorative Questions


Restorative Questions I
To respond to challenging behavior
What happened?
What were you thinking of at the time?
Who has been affected by what you have done? In what way?
What do you think you need to do to make things right?
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Restorative Questions II
To help those harmed by other’s actions
What did you think when you realized what had happened?
What impact had this incident had on you and others?
What has been the hardest thing for you?
What do you think needs to happen to make things right?
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Restorative Practices

What is Restorative Practices?

We know that by fully implementing Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports / BEST and by giving students the opportunity to use Restorative Practices when behavioral errors occur we can decrease the need for referrals, suspension and expulsion and create safer schools in the process.  Commonly used in juvenile and adult corrections and treatment programs, restorative practices may result in sanctions, but the relationship damaged by the offense is the priority, this damaged relationship can and should be repaired and the offending individual can and should be reintegrated, not only for the good of that individual but also for that of the community as a whole. 

Peace Path


What is a Peace Path?

In Napa Valley Unified School District, we have begun placing a higher emphasis on conflict resolution and restorative practices.  The peace path is a three step process that schools use to find common ground between feuding students and tap in to the idea of empathy. The students first express how they feel given the conflict. Next they explain what could change so that they feel better. Lastly, students talk about what should be done next time to avoid such a situation.  To see this in action click here or contact McPherson, NVLA, or Phillips Elementary!

Restorative Practices Training

Restorative Practices Examples

High School Students Get into Fight across the Street

Restoration: Families offered to pay for damage in store across the street.  Students were able to choose  between a 
5 day suspension or to reduce suspension days and volunteer for “College Night” as an act of community service.   The 
students worked very hard that evening assisting the administrators with flyers, copies, and giving information to 
families attending.
Sanction: Instead of a 5 day suspension the students reduced it to fewer days and came in the evening on their 
own time to volunteer.
Treatment: The following day the students wrote a reflective essay on what they learned.    Many did not think they 
could go to college but after an evening helping host the event they are interested in applying for colleges and financial aid!

Tools for Restorative Practices