The Restorative Justice in Schools (RJIS) department builds the power of of schools to provide collective support, accountability for students and teachers alike. More restorative schools are better learning environments for all students.
One of the tools of Restorative Justice (RJ) is Community Building Circles where participants have the opportunity to be seen and heard through the sharing of their experiences and personal stories. Here is what Matthew, a 6th grader at Stephens Middle School had to share:
“To me community Building Circles are a great way to check in with each other as a group and see how we all are feeling that day. I enjoy being able to play the team building activities during circle because it isn’t seen as a competition. I like we get to play the game and focus on having fun and bonding with each other. I was surprised that our group was so supportive of each other when we moved our desks to sit in a circle with our teacher but I like the support. I think we should do them more often.”
The RJIS department also holds open Community Building trainings throughout the year for teachers, administrators, counselors and others interested in bringing RJ to their schools. Here is some feedback we received after our most recent open training in East Los Angeles from an adult RJ Adviser:
“Today was emotional, reflective, liberating, and instilled hope that this work can be brought back to my school site with not only fidelity, but also vigor and passion.”
-Adult RJ Adviser
Join the movement to build healthier school communities by bringing CCEJ to your school!
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