This guide was produced by the San Francisco Unified School District’s Student, Family, and Community Department, which works to achieve the district goals of Access and Equity, Student Achievement, and Accountability. This accessible guide provides an excellent overview of the restorative practice of classroom circles. It lays out in detail how to implement a variety of different types of circles, including formats for proactively building connection and community in the classroom, as well as for repairing harm to that community after an incident. It addresses the logistical arrangements of circles, discussion prompts, and other practical tips needed to begin this work.
The guide is appropriate for administrators, teachers, and school support staff, and could be used by a whole school, district team, or individuals who want to begin using circles to promote a restorative classroom culture.
Source Organization: Center for Restorative Process