We strive to create a school culture of respect and mutual concern that supports and respects the inherent dignity and worth of all.
Often, these concepts are referred to as “restorative practice” and “peacebuilding.”
Lessons learned in all divisions and life together challenge students to look at complex issues through the eyes of others, to listen carefully, and to respect and value others as children of God.
When we experience conflict, we invest time in hearing from all parties and restoring relationships. Often we use a circle process to create safe space for difficult conversations. Students in middle and high school use circle processes in weekly Neighbor Groups.
Elementary students have weekly peacebuilding class. Students learn from Jesus’ example through Bible stories, class discussions and activities. At the beginning of each year, students and teachers sign a “pledge of nonviolence” that sets the stage for how they want to live and learn together in community.
To learn more about our elementary peacebuilding curriculum talk with the peacebuilding teacher or come to a weekly gathering time on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
* Concepts adapted from The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education: Fostering Responsibility, Healing, and Hope in Schools (Justice and Peacebuilding), by Katherine Evans, Dorothy Vaandering