This article looks at the restorative justice circles established by students at Grand Mesa Middle School in Grand Junction, Colorado. Student Council members at the school decided to focus on the introduction of restorative justice circles in response to surveys they administered that indicated conflicts between students was a top concern for the student body. Restorative circles focus on helping students resolve conflict and make up for harm done, working peer to peer and giving students more agency to create safer and kinder school climate.
This article is a great peak inside a school using circles. While it showcases a group of middle school students, circles can be at any age. This article could be shared with educators, parents, or students who want to learn about restorative discipline practices.
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