Restorative Practices are based on principles that emphasize the importance of positive relationships as central to building community and involves processes that repair relationships when harm has occurred.
Every morning at George Washington Carver Middle School, our students participate in Community Building Circles. The circle is a simple structured process of communication that helps students and staff reconnect with joyous appreciation of themselves and others. Community Building Circles are designed to create a safe space for all voices and encourage each student to step in the direction of their best self. The practice of CIRCLES is helpful for building and maintaining a healthy Carver School Community in which all students feel connected and respected.
"Circles give me a safe place to go and I feel that what I'm saying is being heard"- CMS student
"I enjoy going to circles in the morning because it helps me to start my day on a positive note and it allows me to focus on what is important" - CMS student
"I like circles because I can express myself and actually be heard "- CMS student
"Restorative Practices is about building positive relationships and being more understanding rather than trying to be understood" - RD Facilitator