LEWISTON, Maine — The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast (RJP) is offering a workshop on Utilizing Restorative Practices in Bullying Prevention, Friday, April 19, 2013 at Bates College in Lewiston. The session runs from 8:30-3:30 p.m., and the cost is $125 per person. To register online go to: http://www.rjpmidcoast.org/cms/restorative-school-practices-maine-spring-2013-workshops.
The Restorative Approach is a philosophy that sees relationships as central to learning, growth and a healthy school climate for students and adults. A growing number of brain research and school connectedness studies speak to the importance of creating these strong bonds between students and adults, as a proactive and preventative way of reducing conflict, bullying and aggressive behaviors in schools. Within the restorative approach, educators use various practices, such as restorative circles, to build a climate of trust, respect and open‐mindedness among all members of the school community. Additionally, restorative approaches to discipline deal more effectively with student misbehavior, including bullying, by encouraging students to be accountable for their actions and addressing the needs of those who have been harmed by their peers.
Restorative practices are proving successful in schools across the country and in many Maine schools. On April 19, 2013, Utilizing Restorative Practices in Bullying Prevention will highlight best practices in bullying prevention through the use of a restorative school practice approach that promotes a safe and supportive climate for all students. The format will include presentations, circles and discussion of the new Maine law, PL 659, “An Act to Prohibit Bullying and Cyber-bullying in Public Schools,” as all schools are involved in creating both model policies and best practice approaches to meet the requirements of the law. The workshop goals include helping participants: develop an understanding of the basic premises of restorative school practices; learn a range of restorative responses appropriate for creating an effective system of prevention and response to peer mistreatment; and gain an understanding of the pertinent components of Maine Law 659.
Restorative practices create safe schools where all members of the community are accountable for their actions, resolve conflicts, create positive relationships, and build an inclusive, respectful school culture. We hope you’ll join us on April 19 to learn more about this approach and its value in addressing bullying in Maine schools.
The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast promotes fundamental change in the justice system and schools. Our responses to crime and wrongdoing seek renewal and safety for the community, support and healing for victims and accountability and reintegration of the offender.
For more information visit www.rjpmidcoast.org/ or call 207-338-2742.
The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast
PO Box 141, 96 Main Street
Belfast, ME 04915