Restorative justice—it feels like a buzzword, but it’s a concept that is radical in its simplicity and power. Restorative practices are based on the idea that while the harm caused by negative behavior can’t be erased, it can be healed and reconciled.
Gerald Donaldson is the family support worker at Leschi Elementary. Recently I had a chance to sit down and conduct a three-part interview with him about the wide-ranging work he’s been able to do at Leschi and throughout the Seattle school system. In this first part of our interview, I asked him to talk about supporting families and implementing restorative practices with students.