Fri, November 2nd, 01:00 PM
Circle Keeping/Restorative Practice for High Schoolers
Room IFF Workshop 1
What is Restorative Practice? It is an umbrella term used to describe practices that support cultivating and maintaining relationships within a community. Restorative Practice helps foster understanding of one's self and empathy for others through the sharing of personal experiences. It’s a process that has proven to serve health in schools as well as health in greater society. Restorative Justice–based upon the principle that communities, victims and offenders need to be healed after a crime occurs–has been part of the criminal justice system in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for more than a decade, and it uses Restorative Practice as its communication foundation. The foundation or “heart” of Restorative Practice is the circle, as it is the space within which a deep listening for ourselves and others can occur. Circle keeping hails from many indigenous traditions, including the First Nations within The United States.