As a program (and district), we emphasize relationship-based and trauma-informed strategies. We believe in, and continue to provide district-wide training regarding, the importance of connecting with students and families through relationship. Without authentic and supportive relationships, we will continue to struggle with meeting the educational, social and emotional needs of our most vulnerable students. This is a foundational concept for trauma-informed systems.
Restorative practices are embedded in our daily work with students. As Lucille Eber said, “This puts the repairing of harm done to relationships and people over the need for assigning blame and punishment.“
“Human beings are happier, more cooperative, and productive, and more likely to make positive changes in their behavior when those in positions of authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them” (IIRP, 2014).
Practical application of all of these skills are enhanced daily as we are a tri-core program paced for mastery of academic skills, emotional health, and social skills.