March 15, 2022
Dear South Lake Schools Families,
Throughout this year, our schools have been involved in a variety of educational activities, athletic contests, and community events. One important initiative that we are working to expand in all school buildings is Restorative Practices.
All South Lake teachers and staff participated in professional development this past December and January to lay the foundation for further learning regarding Restorative Practices. This resulted in each school developing a Restorative Practices team that completed additional training to become certified Restorative Practices Coordinators. These school teams are currently meeting to develop a Restorative Practices plan that is unique to the needs of each school building. Part of these plans will include a Restorative Practices program called Think Big and Be Smart 4R Students that is anchored in the following fundamental beliefs:
- Relationships are critical to a positive and productive teacher/student dynamic.
- There is always an explanation for the behavior of young people. Part of an educator’s job is to discover why their students act in specific ways.
- Educators who are generous with their time, energy, and attention will inevitably have more positive relationships with students, leading to fewer classroom management issues and more positive participation.
- A restorative discipline is always a preferred approach when working with young people – and it works better in the long run than punitive punishment.
Keeping with our commitment to inform our community, we have developed a short online overview of Restorative Practices for families. Use the following link to access this important information: Restorative Practices Overview. Please contact your child’s principal or the Curriculum Office (586-435-1640) if you have additional questions.
Thank you for your ongoing trust and support of South Lake Schools!