Here's a great little video just put out by San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) letting children and teens talk for themselves about their feelings and reactions to the implementation of restorative circles and restorative practices in their schools. The caption under the video on youtube reads:
"SFUSD has rolled out a District-wide implementation of Restorative Practices in dozens of schools. Restorative Practices is based on the assumption that students respond better when things are done WITH them rather than TO them. Students exposed to Restorative Practices reflect on how they feel regarding the use of Restorative Circle in the classroom."
The fundamental premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them. Restorative practices is a new field of study that has the potential to positively influence human behavior and strengthen civil society around the world. San Francisco schools are adapting Restorative Practices to build positive relationships and effect change in how teachers and students interact.
IIRP did trainings for the initial pilot schools in San Francisco and then trained the trainers who are rolling out restorative practices across the district.
Video by Mark Wieser of Treehouse Digital Video on behalf of San Francisco Unified School District.