Restorative Justice

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What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative Justice is an approach to building community, self-care, and conflict resolution. It's a social justice platform that allows students to:

  • Actively engage and problem-solve physical, psychological, social and disciplinary issues that affect themselves and the community.
  • Take responsibility for their actions.
  • Work with those affected to restore and/or repair the members and community who were harmed as a result of those actions.

Principles of Restorative Justice 

We work together to foster the physical, social, psychological, and academic well-being of students, staff, and families through:

building community Building Community: Strengthen relationships and build community by encouraging a safe and caring school climate.

self-care Self-Care: Reduce, prevent, and improve harmful behaviors.

conflict resolution 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

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Come join us and learn about Restorative Justice in MCPS!

MCPS parents, guardians and community members are invited to attend a Restorative Justice workshop to learn how restorative justice allows students to actively engage and problem-solve physical, psychological, social and disciplinary issues that affect their lives and the community. The next workshop is Tuesday, April 2, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at A. Mario Loiderman Middle School in Silver Spring.  Please register here to attend.

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Listen to how restorative practices focus on relationships, responsibility, and accountability:


Restorative Justice Menu of Services

Information and resources on the philosophy of Restorative Justice and the different levels of support provided to schools.

Icon - star blueInterested in bringing Restorative Justice to your school? Complete the Restorative Justice Application to begin!


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Restorative Justice Team

Ruschelle Reuben – Director, Restorative Justice, School Counseling, and Student Leadership
Steven Marconi – Instructional Specialist
Valerie Rey – Instructional Specialist
Michelle Parks-Robinson – Fiscal Assistant

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