Deadline Approaches for Participants in Restorative Practices Task Force

The deadline to apply to be part of the Glendale Unified School District’s Restorative Practices Advisory Task Force is March 1.

The district is seeking parent, employee and community applicants to join the Restorative Practices Advisory Task Force and provide input on next steps for implementing Restorative Practices throughout the district. Members will be selected from a cross section of the district community. All potential members of the Task Force must have participated in foundational training in Restorative Practices.

  “We ask that all applicants bring a spirit of goodwill, an open mind and a willingness to engage in collaboration, inquiry and meaningful dialogue throughout the Task Force process,” according to a district release.

The Task Force will be composed of five school administrators from all levels, five certificated staff including teachers and counselors, five parent/community members, three classified staff and three high school students.

The district asks for a two-year commitment for adults to serve on the Task Force. Students will earn community service hours for participating. The Task Force will meet monthly from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., March through June. There will be additional reading, research and subcommittee work to be done outside of the formal meeting structures. At present the meeting schedule is: March 14, April 15, May 15 and June 10.

GUSD has offered several foundational training opportunities in Restorative Practices. Those interested in training are asked to contact their site principal for information.

There will be a Restorative Practices parent and community workshop on March 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the GUSD boardroom.

Although applicants for the Task Force must have attended a Restorative Practices training, it is not required that they attended a GUSD-hosted training. There are many organizations that do training in Restorative Practices.