What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative justice is a set of principles and practices rooted in indigenous values, and used holistically in schools - Restorative Justice in Education - to build authentic relationships and community, transform conflict and respond to harm, provide individual support, and support the creation of just and equitable learning environments.
Restorative justice is as much about who we are as it is about what we do. When we believe that each member of the school community is inherently worthy and deserving of respect, that each has something important to offer, and that we are all deeply interconnected, our language and practices will reflect these beliefs, creating learning communities where each person receives what they need, and all can thrive.
Our vision for restorative justice in MMSD
Radically transformed school communities where students, staff, parents, and caregivers are safe, feel they belong, and are actively engaged. All variations within the identities of race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, language, ability, nationality, immigration status, age, and class are honored; each member of the school community is deeply valued and provided with what they need to be in healthy relationship, learn, and grow. The educational experience affirms each person’s authentic self and inspires them to be bold in exploring who they are and might become as members of their communities. Visit our Vision page to see more about MMSD's commitment to restorative justice.