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.

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.

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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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