In a previous blog post, The Role of the Site Team Lead & Consultant in Implementing Restorative Practices in Schools, I suggested that schools wanting to implement restorative practices use a site leadership team approach under the direction of a vice-principal or assistant principle typically designated by the school principal. In turn, the site team lead is responsible for selecting seven to nine classified and certificated staff members for their site team.
I found it helpful for potential site team members to know what the expectations are prior to deciding to join the team. This way they can make an informed decision and are more likely to stay engaged. Here’s a list to consider using for the site team member’s responsibilities.
Site Team Member’s Overall Responsibilities1
- Demonstrate willingness to learn about restorative practices (RP) with a teachable attitude
- Model RP in your daily responsibilities
- Promote RP at your school, the District, and community
- Provide leadership within your school site (such as: role model, lead small groups on specific implementation tasks, share your stories with staff, parents & community, present RP to others, train staff, etc.)
- Demonstrate willingness to take risks, try new skills, learn from mistakes, and transparently by sharing your journey with others, including staff, parents & community members
- Meet monthly with the site team lead & site team members; communicate regularly
Site Team Member’s Annual Responsibilities
Depending on what trainers the site team chooses will determine specific responsibilities for site team members. Here’s ‘a list of potential requirements for site team members during the first year:
- Specify trainings site t4eam members will be required to attend
- Meet monthly with site team lead & site team members to facilitate implementation
- Follow any implementation plans created during training
- If the training includes a site team’s 15-minute presentation featuring the past year’s highlights, participate in the planning and presentation
- Optional: “job shadow” someone in similar role at another school site implementing restorative practices
What other responsibilities do you foresee for a site team member?
Source: 1. Information adapted from Positive Behavior for Learning: Book One Introduction, New Zealand Ministry of Education, 2014, pp. 13; 15. www.education.govt.nz
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