R.O.O.T.S: Restorative Outlook & Outreach for Teachers & Students

R.O.O.T.S. Overview: Peer Facilitation

Students are referred for a ROOTS session after violating a school rule or engaging in conflict with others.

WHO IS INVOLVED IN A PEER ROOTS SESSION? 

  • Referred Student(s) 
  • Person(s) Harmed only if the purpose of the ROOTS  session is to mediate between individuals who have been in conflict. 
  • Peer ROOTS facilitator(s)
  • Adult advisor present in the room as observer

PEER ROOTS FACILITATORS

...are a small group of students trained to listen to the case and assist the referred student to create an agreement to repair harm. Peer ROOTS Facilitators participate in a 32-hour training, leaving facilitation skills, circle process and are trained to be neutral, nonjudgmental, encouraging and to help the referred student to come up with their own solution instead of telling them what to do. 

ADULT ADVISOR

...observes the session from outside the circle, and is available to support if needed. The advisor also models Restorative Practices and helps supervise all program components.

WHEN IS IT APPROPRIATE TO HOLD A PEER RJ INTERVENTION?

  • May be used in response to persistent disruptive student behaviors
  • May be used to address any peer-to-peer conflict that does not have an adult involved in the conflict, does not have a finding of bullying or does not have legal implications