Restorative Justice is a set of practices that challenges us to develop solutions from our authentic selves. In society, an RJ approach opens up possibilities for addressing harm and wrongdoing that don’t involve criminalization. In educational settings, RJ provides alternatives to punitive discipline, which in turn promotes positive school culture including safety, emphasis on learning and creativity, respect, and responsibility.
At Fremont, we integrate RJ at all levels:
Tier I RELATE circles help students, teachers and staff relate to one another, build community, learn and practice empathy.
Tier 2 REPAIR circles, conversations, and mediations address harm and conflict, recover, repair the relationship, make agreements for moving forward.
Tier 3 RESTORE circles welcome students who have been suspended or are returning from juvenile detention/extended absence.
Student Circle-Keepers design and run their own circles in classrooms, advisories, and after school programs. They participate in regular RJ trainings and become peace-builders for the school and wider community.
Ms. Chatterjee (Tatiana Chaterji) is a proud staff member at Fremont High School. She has been facilitating peacemaking, healing, and community circles since 2010 in schools, neighborhood settings, juvenile justice and prisons. Her personal journey and survivorship has taught her that “hurt people hurt people.” Ms. Chatterjee is dedicated to interrupting cycles of violence, to uplifting youth voice, and to bridging theater arts and storytelling with restorative practices, dialogue and reconciliation.
Restorative Justice in OUSD: Whole School Implementation Guide
Project NIA: Chicago-based art project that promotes restorative approach to harm
Report from 2017-18