Restorative Justice and Schools.
Schools and teachers are increasingly expected to address behavior issues derived from trauma, mental health challenges, and other influences. Punitive measures such as suspensions and expulsions have led to a documented “school to prison pipeline.” RJ moves away from an emphasis on managing misbehavior toward strengthening relationships, promoting individual social and emotional learning, and enhancing understanding and empathy. Students in restorative classrooms become empowered with tools of effective communication and active listening. They learn to collaboratively solve problems, a skill that will likely enhance their success in life and work.