Restorative Justice is an approach to building community, self-care, and conflict resolution. It's a social justice platform that allows students to:
Listen to how restorative practices focus on relationships, responsibility, and accountability
We work together to foster the physical, social, psychological, and academic well-being of students, staff, and families through:
Building Community: Strengthen relationships and build community by encouraging a safe and caring school climate.
Self-Care: Reduce, prevent, and improve harmful behaviors.
Conflict Resolution: Increase accountability through identifying problems and solutions and restoring positive relationships.
The MCPS Restorative Justice Unit will prepare and engage all stakeholders in restorative practices through meaningful trainings, school-level support, collegial collaboration, and supported community partnerships.
Learn more about our program in our Restorative Justice Brochure
Interactive workshops provide families with an overview of restorative justice practices and illustrate how they are successfully used in schools.
Restorative Justice Menu of Services: Information and resources on the philosophy of Restorative Justice and the different levels of support provided to schools.
Interested in bringing Restorative Justice to your school? We are ready to welcome you to the team! Just complete the Restorative Justice Sign-Up Form.
Participation in the Evaluation of Restorative Justice and Behavioral Intervention Supports Study
MCPS has partnered with RAND Corporation to conduct a study of school behavior management strategies, specifically restorative justice and positive behavioral intervention supports (PBIS). RAND will collect student perspectives through observations and student surveys throughout this three-year evaluation cycle.
For more information about the RAND Corporation and the study, please refer to the resources below:
Parent Consent Form for Student ParticipationParent Consent Form for Student Participation en Español
Study Information Webinar SlidesStudy Information Slides en Español
Restorative Justice and PBIS in MCPS Coordinator Webinar
COMING SOON: Prevention and Resiliency Education (SUPRE)
Substance Use Prevention and Resiliency Education (SUPRE) is a screening and psychoeducational substance use program designed for high school students who have committed a substance use disciplinary incident on school grounds. It is designed to address the essentials of Be Well 365, especially Mental and Emotional Health and Physical Health and Wellness. The goal of SUPRE is to increase student and parent/guardian awareness of the potential consequences of substance use. Students should be referred to this program by the school administrator responsible for handling the behavioral consequences for the substance use incident.
Through a collaborative effort, Robert Alvarez, the Deputy Director of Training Operations for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and MCPS staff members created, revised and edited the program in order to ensure fidelity in its implementation. Trained MCPS Restorative Justice Specialist will be co-facilitators. SUPRE classes will be held at the Carver Educational Services Center or if needed, a virtual platform will be available on Zoom.
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Simple and effective tools for students and their families to help with managing stress and anxiety:
Mindfulness Resources - A list of resources for those interested in exploring mindfulness further.