Restorative Practices

What is Restorative Practices?

Northbridge staff has been trained in the implementation of Restorative Practices. The fundamental premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in positions of authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them. (

Using restorative practices in schools has shown to reliably reduce misbehavior, bullying among students and improve student engagement and the overall climate for learning. One example of a restorative practice is the use of daily circles. The goal of circles is to build community in school by creating an atmosphere of safety, decorum and equality where students feel comfortable expressing themselves both with their peers and teachers. Circles can be used for instruction, conflict resolution, healing, support, decision making, information exchange, and relationship development.