Community Justice

Community Justice for Schools: Tier II Restorative Practices

Topic Circle Series: A Tier II Restorative Practice for School Communities

Created and written by Kathy Rockefeller, J.D.

Q: Restorative Practices are great for building community and resolving conflict, but how can Circles help when harmful behavior shows up as a “topic” of behavior, not an “incident”?

A: Use a Topic Circle Series (TCS)! This new tool, grounded in Restorative philosophy and Circle practice, helps students recognize how a behavior affects community and what they can do to make things better.

Many schools use a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework to efficiently and equitably distribute student intervention and support resources. MTSS divides interventions into three “Tiers”.*

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