Restorative Justice is the foundation for AXL Academy’s philosophy of and approach towards discipline, school culture, and successful behavior development.
Restorative Justice refers to the processes of taking responsibility for one’s actions, repairing harm and relationships damaged by a behavior, and learning how to prevent repeated negative behaviors. Restorative Justice is not the traditional approach of implementing punishment and reward systems.
Restorative Justice practices equip scholars with the social and emotional skills for long-term success and to sustain meaningful relationships. Meaningful relationships are the foundation for restorative practices and a positive school culture. Traditional practices that involve external motivators like rewards and suspensions promote compliance rather than long-term growth. Restorative Justice practices place the focus on scholar growth and a positive school culture.
In Restorative Justice practices, a negative behavior is approached by including the offender, victims, and those impacted throughout the process of taking responsibility, repairing harm, and planning for the future.
The process of taking responsibility often includes educational sessions to promote self-awareness, social awareness, and the impact of one’s actions.
The process of repairing harm often includes restorative conversations, Service Learning, and nurturing relationships.
The process of planning for the future often includes goal setting, collaborative agreements, and developing behavior plans.