Le Grand High School has adopted a restorative discipline policy that focuses on student responsibility, accountability, and a goal of restoration for all the impacted by the offense. A restorative justice system prefers that the decisions be made in a cooperative process by all of the impacted parties rather than just the authorities.
The Thinkery is designed to help students “think” about their refusal to cooperate. It provides an opportunity for the student to reconsider his/ her decision and continue to find constructive ways to make things as right as possible. This is accomplished by having the Conflict Resolution Leader talking to the student about what he/she has been doing and experiencing along with its impact on the teacher, other students, and the community. The goal is to use each conflict and or misbehavior to help students learn respect, critical thinking, and cooperation while improving relationships and building a sense of community life in and outside the classroom.
Restorative Justice Class Testimonies
My experience in the Restorative Justice class was beyond my expectations. I absolutely loved this class, it taught me how to be a better person, how to argue on both sides of the story, and how to solve conflict and deal with it. This class is very helpful when it comes to dealing with educational resources and personal or just problems in general. I hope to change my attitude towards school work, I want to be more involved in after school programs, and I want to help out in the community a lot more. Restorative Justice makes me feel like I can achieve anything I put my mind and heart to.
- Maria (Student at Le Grand High School)