LAUSD's goal is to enhance school environments to make every school as safe and friendly as possible, to support the overall goal of maximizing student achievement. To achieve this goal, LAUSD has implemented School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (SWPBIS), a prevention-based model designed to resolve problems before ever reaching the principal's office.
Restorative Justice is a central part of SWPBIS, focusing on three tiers of intervention. As the Restorative Justice Teacher Adviser at Downtown Magnets High School for the 2015-16 school year, I will be supporting Administration, the Intervention Coordinator/Dean, and Counselors to help staff and students improve relationships and create the best school environment for learning and achievement.
Tier I is universal, applying to all school stakeholders. Tier I includes community-building practices focused on building trust and relationships. Most students will respond to the Tier I intervention by avoiding conflicts in the first place.
Tier II includes practices dealing with harms to the school community. An important aspect of Restorative Justice's Tier II is that both the harmer and the harmed have the opportunity to voice their concerns about the harming incident. This inclusive model emphasizes the importance of restoring harmed relationships back to normal (making things right).
Tier III, Re-Entry, focuses on re-admitting the harmer back into the community. Re-Entry stresses responsibility and accountability; the harmer understands his/her actions and how the actions affected the community, and has accepted responsibility. Tier III applies to students that have been suspended (and return to school), or students expelled from another school coming into our school.
If you have any questions or comments, please send me an email, or call me at the school, (213) 481-0371. I look forward to hearing from you.
Relationships Matter (Downtown Magnets High School Restorative Justice Newsletter)
Relationships Matter (October 2016)
Relationships Matter (November/December 2016)
Relationships Matter (January 2017)