PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Restorative Justice promotes values and principles that use inclusive, collaborative approaches for being in community.  These approaches validate the experiences and needs of everyone within the community, particularly those who have been marginalized, oppressed or harmed.  These approaches allow us to act and respond in ways that are healing rather than alienating or coercive.

Key Goals of Restorative Discipline:

  • To understand the harm and develop empathy for both the harmed and the harmer.
  • To listen and respond to the needs of the person harmed and the person who harmed.
  • To encourage accountability and responsibility through personal reflection within a collaborative planning process.
  • To reintegrate the harmer into the community as valuable, contributing members.
  • To create caring climates to support healthy communities.
  • To change the system when it contributes to the harm.

SEEDS Community Resolution Center

Through a grant from the Peter E. Haas Family Fund to the Healthy Novato Initiative, SEEDS Community Resolution Center, located in Berkeley, CA, trains distict staff and administrators in Restoritive Jusctice.

Restorative Practices Staff

Amber YangNovato High School
Phoebe SmithSan Jose & Sinaloa Middle School
Tanya RuanoMarin Oaks & San Marin High School