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Learn About Our Restorative Approach to Education

As educators, we bear the tremendous responsibility of helping our scholars achieve academic success, but classroom work is just one part of the equation. We utilize a restorative approach, as outlined by Restorative Solutions, for behavior management, rather than traditional and ineffective punishment models. The restorative approach is a highly effective method based on the premises of developing appropriate social interaction skills, valuing relationships, restitution, and repair.



LHA Can Help You Make a Difference

Lighthouse Academies can provide both online and virtual support to help schools or districts:

  • Define the current reality. By collecting data, we can help teachers, students, and families fully understand how their current practices impact student learning and social development.
  • Create a restorative vision. After making the case for following a restorative approach, LHA can help to create a realistic vision or restorative practices and develop a rollout plan for implementation.
  • Commit to restorative practices. LHA can work with student groups and other leadership teams to create a strong foundation for restorative practices.
  • Revise policies and procedures. With approval of local boards, LHA can help to set the stage for restorative work by revising student handbooks and codes of conduct.


Building Relationships

Undoubtedly, every scholar will experience hardship and adversity during their time at Lighthouse and throughout their lives. Internalizing restorative practices prepares young people to tackle hard things; to persevere through personal and political injustices, engage in collaborative problem solving, and take ownership of their actions.

We Can Help Your School Make a Difference

Lighthouse Academies can provide both online and virtual support to help schools or districts as follows:

  • Define the current reality. We analyze and collect data, which we will use to help teachers, students, and families fully understand how their current practices impact student learning and social development.
  • Create a restorative vision. After making the case for following a restorative approach, Lighthouse Academies can help create a realistic vision of restorative practices and develop a rollout plan for implementation.
  • Commit to restorative practices. We can work with student groups and other leadership teams to create a strong foundation for restorative practices.
  • Revise policies and procedures. With approval of local boards, we will help set the stage for restorative work by revising student handbooks and codes of conduct.

 

See Real Results

We’ve helped 17 schools in five states implement restorative practices. These institutions report an overall 80 percent reduction of out-of-school suspensions in just two years.

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Educator Testimonials

"As an educational liaison, I work with schools around Indiana to insure appropriate programs for students who are active with DCS. I have never had the pleasure to work with more caring and creative educators than at Lighthouse Charter. They provide outstanding educational and behavioral support to the students in their care. They are also most collaborative in creating out-of-the-box solutions for kids. They provide Restorative Justice when finding a solution. I have seen many schools that say they do this, but Lighthouse is the only one I have found that models this. These schools are a model for others to follow. Thanks for all you do for kids and for supporting such a gifted staff."
(Mary Jo Dare, Ed.D)

From Our Students

  • “I didn’t know you even liked me. I always wanted to be friends but thought you hated me. Now I know that’s not true.” (Two girls talking on the Peace Path after a verbal confrontation)
  • I learned you don’t have to lie – people are here to help me when I make mistakes.” (A boy who stole a candy from a desk and then lied about taking it, the teacher and the boy walked the Peace Path)
  • “I didn’t want to talk about it with her but it felt better after we did.” (Two girls talking through a conflict on the Peace Path)
  • “I found out it didn’t have to be a fight – after talking about it I found out it was just a misunderstanding.” (Two girls talking after a fight)
  • “I didn’t think anybody liked me. I found out that I just THOUGHT people were talking about me but it wasn’t true.” (A boy after talking through an issue with a girl.)
  • “Now I know why they call it the Peace Path. I feel much more peaceful now." (A boy talking through a verbal confrontation with another boy.)