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District to Recognize Restorative Practice Exemplars

Fort Worth ISD schools and staff that went above and beyond to build and sustain positive student relationships will be recognized at the inaugural It’s A RAP (Restorative Awards Program) “A Night with the Stars” ceremony.

The program, slated for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, recognizes FWISD Restorative Practice rock stars who’ve made intentional efforts to “support a culture and climate of relationship building at their respective school campuses,” said Trina Harris, the District’s Restorative Practices coordinator.

Dr. Cherie Washington, FWISD chief of Secondary Schools Leadership, is the ceremony’s keynote speaker. Eighth-graders who utilized the restorative process to build successful relationships and end a three-year conflict will also be acknowledged.

The District first launched a Restorative Practices pilot in eight schools the 2016-2017 school year as a way of decreasing behavioral problems, discipline rates and investing in building positive relationships with students. Since the launch of the pilot, the program has expanded to multiple FWISD schools.  The program promotes positive school cultures and climates, inclusion and building sustainable relationships with school communities.

“I am hoping to acknowledge the successes that have occurred throughout the District by using restorative practices,” Ms. Harris said of the awards ceremony. “We would like to encourage and continue to spread enthusiasm as it relates to relational practices. Often times things happen in silos. When information is shared in such a platform, others throughout the District and community see powerful impacts and testimonials through using restorative practices.”

To learn more about the Restorative Practices Program, contact Ms. Harris at trina.harris@fwisd.org.

 

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