WeAreCaliber #19: The Restorative Justice Room + Family Partnerships @Caliber: ChangeMakers Academy!
Learn more about the amazing work restorative work that the clinicians at CMA are doing!
A recent interview with Angelica Maulucci (Associate Clinical Social Worker @ CMA)
Tell me more about the work you do in the RJ room and with families?
“ I certainly don't do it alone! It is a team effort. The process starts when staff send their RJ referrals via DeansList. There is a collaborative process (Leadership, SEL, and teachers) to create a project based on the nature of the referral. The student then completes the project during their recess time. Working with families is a key part of the process, they know their students best. There is also a foundation of SEL, which helps to foster the opportunity for Restorative Practices to be implemented daily. This looks like asking ourselves throughout the day: “What narratives are we creating for our students? How do our students leave school each day? How will our students navigate in this world in 5 years, in 10, in 15? How can we work to create the world as it should be within our campus?"
The CMA community also works together to:
-Be proactive with Restorative Practices in building community and relationships (ie. fostering authentic relationships with students and families, building trust & psychological safety, etc.)
-Validate and affirm students ethnic/racial identities (ie. affirming & celebrating the student/family and their culture, understanding the school to prison pipeline and how racism impacts our community, and putting explicit attention into equitable practices)
-Social-Emotional Development via Toolbox and activities (ie. clinical work with individual students, implementation & modeling of SEL curriculum)
Thanks to all of the foundational work of the CMA team, I am able to support the students' work on their project in the RJ room. The RJ process adapts each year based on feedback to better support the community.
If you could relate this to one of our pillars, which one (s) would they be?
“ I would relate this to HEART!”
How does this impact the students?
“My goal is for the students to graduate from CMA with a framework for building community connection and interpersonal social-emotional competence. I hope that students feel that we still care for them and believe in them despite their mistakes, because we expect kids to make mistakes! My work in the RJ room is to support students in learning from them. I want to help students change the narrative of themselves from "a bad kid" to feeling empowered to repair harm.”
What has surprised you?
“When a student comes to CMA from another school with a history of expulsion/suspension and engages in/internalizes the Restorative Process so quickly. It reminds me that behavior is a form of communication. The RJ room is a way of listening, validating, and helping them take accountability.”