At Brighton Park Elementary we use a restorative approach to student behavior. In a nutshell this means that we try to repair the harm caused when a student acts inappropriately to another student, a staff member, or the school environment. We believe that these practices not only lead to a calmer more thoughtful environment, but that they allow valuable opportunities for each student to learn how to correct their behavior in ways punitive consequences alone do not allow. There are several Restorative Practices that we implement:
Restorative Mindset: Believing that all members of a community are responsible to and for each other, welcoming multiple perspectives and hearing all voices. Holding those that do harm accountable for taking an active role in repairing harm.
Restorative Language: Encouraging positive interactions through language using non-judgmental statements (I-statements), empathetic listening, and positive feedback. Restorative questions are used to prompt someone to consider the feelings of others and the harm he/she may have caused.
Restorative Conversations: Discussions that use restorative language to determine the harm caused by an action, reflect on the conflict, and identify ways to repair the harm caused to a relationship, person, or environment.
Peace Circles or Talking Circles: A way to build community, talk about issues affecting a classroom, school, or community. They can be used to problem solve, celebrate, develop plans, or solve conflicts.
Peer Conferences: A process by which trained student mentors lead other students through the restorative problem solving process in order to resolve a conflict.
3825 S Washtenaw Ave, Chicago, IL 60632
Dr. Sara Beth Haas - Principal
Ms. Cecilia Mendoza - Assistant Principal
CPS’ Non-Discrimination Statement:
It is the policy of the Board to prohibit unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation on the basis of any protected category by the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Illinois and applicable federal, state or local laws or ordinances, including but not limited to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), specifically, but not limited to, discrimination, harassment or retaliation on the basis of sexual orientation, gender or sex (includes gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and pregnancy related medical conditions), race or ethnicity, ethnic group identification, ancestry, nationality, national origin, religion, color, mental or physical disability, age, immigration status, marital status, registered domestic partner status, genetic information, political belief or affiliation (not union-related), military status, unfavorable discharge from military service, or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in the educational programs or activities the Board operates.