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    Another Successful School Climate Bill of Rights Poster/Video Contest and School Climate Bill of Rights Week


    During the month of April, Student Health and Human Services-Restorative Justice Department kicked off its annual School Climate Bill of Rights week.  The event focuses on creating safe school site environments, teaching and learning interpersonal relationships, and building an environment of support and mutual respect where all students can learn and thrive. 


    May 1, 2018 was the deadline for schools to submit a poster or video for the annual School Climate Bill of Rights Poster/Video Contest. This year’s theme is “Relationships Matter, Building Stronger School Communities.”  The Restorative Justice Department received 49 posters and 8 videos, twice as many received during the 2016-17 annual event.   The posters and videos represented various student grade levels from transitional kindergarten (TK) to adult school and from all local districts within the District.


    The team of judges, included stakeholder representation from Arts Education Branch, Wellness Programs, School Operations, Los Angeles School Police, Health Education Programs, Human Relations Diversity and Equity, and the Restorative Justice Department.  The panel had the daunting task of scoring the posters and videos and selecting a first, second, third place winner as well as a runner up at the elementary, middle, high, and adult school level.  All winners will receive a gift card.  First place winners will receive a special recognition at their school site; which includes a presentation from the School Board Member and other District personnel. Additionally, the first place winner will receive a gift card, certificate of recognition and their artistic piece or video showcased on the Restorative Justice website. All participants will receive a certificate of recognition for their contributions to the contest. 


    Please visit the Restorative Justice website at https://achieve.lausd.net/dfp to view this year’s poster and video winners and as well as all student submittals.  The Restorative Justice Department looks forward to your contribution at next year’s annual event. 




    Understanding the Rubric of Implementation (ROI)


    The District established the Rubric of Implementation (ROI) as a tool to measure the implementation of the Discipline Foundation Policy: School-Wide Positive Intervention and Support (SWPBIS) tier 1 supports in schools within L.A. Unified.  The ROI results are used to assess the level of implementation of each of the 8 key features, to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement and to track and compare the implementation of SWPBIS in our schools from year-to-year. 


    The eight key features identified in the ROI are:

       1. Administrative Leadership and Support

       2. Team-Based Implementation

       3. Behavioral Expectations Defined

       4. Behavior Expectations Taught

       5. Acknowledge and Reinforce Appropriate Behavior

       6. Monitor and Correct Behavioral Errors

       7. Data-Based Decision Making

       8. Family and Community Collaboration


    Each school receives a total score on the ROI, computed to include all 8 key feature scores.  These scores are ranked using a color-coded system.  Please see below for a detailed explanation. 


     ROI Key Code Full implementation of the Discipline Foundation Policy requires a total score between 28 and 32 with a minimum score of “3” in each key feature.


    Partial implementation of the Discipline Foundation Policy requires a total score 27 or less with a minimum score of 2 in each key feature. 


    School requiring targeted assistance receive a 1 in any key feature, regardless of the total score.


    Each year, Local District Operations personnel work with site administrators to assess SWPBIS implementation using the ROI.  ROI scoring happens once in the fall, with final scores determined in the Spring. 


    As of Fall 2017, 80% of L.A. Unified schools were considered “Fully Implementing” Tier 1 SWPBIS.  The District’s Local Control and Accountability (LCAP) goal is to have 88% of schools at “Full Implementation” as measured by the spring scoring of the ROI.  This year, the deadline for scoring is May 31, 2018. 


    School site administrators may access their ROI scores via the “Discipline Foundation Policy” link in the Principals’ Portal.  If you would like more information to support SWPBIS in schools, please visit the Discipline Foundation Policy website at https://achieve.lausd.net/dfp or contact Deborah Brandy, Director at 213-214-0394 or via email at deborah.brandy@lausd.net.



    Early Education Centers (EEC) in Local District East utilize Check-in Circles and Community Building Circles 


    “Can I give you hug”, responded three year old “R” when his classmate “S” choose the emoji sad face when their teacher, Ms. Cordova asked her “how she was feeling?”  At El Sereno Early Education Center (EEC), Principal, Josefina Navarro has created a positive school culture that is conducive to all learners.  She has embraced the philosophy of Restorative Justice and states “she has discovered that check-in circles provide her students a great opportunity at an early age to identify their feeling and emotions in a positive way.”


    The students at El Sereno EEC range in age from two-five years old.  Restorative Justice practices are being utilized and taught daily to this age group and the students, staff, and parents are embracing the idea.   The students may be young in age but powerful when it comes to sharing their thoughts. 


    The El Sereno team, who consists of the Principal and two teachers, were first trained during a two day Saturday training in December 2017.  In less than two months, the staff has embraced the community building and check-in practices to an unbelievable level of implementation.  It is noticeably visible that El Sereno EEC is on its way towards becoming a model Restorative Justice school. 


    Thank you Principal, Josefina Navarro and teachers Pat Cordova and Evelyn Alvarez.  You are all doing amazing work.  


    Restorative Justice Meeting On November 28, 2017, the Restorative Justice Unit trained over 50 Student Health and Human Services (SHHS) personnel in community building circles.  The eight hour training took place at the California Endowment Center.  San Fernando City Councilman, Robert C. Gonzales, kicked off the training motivating the audience as he spoke about the challenges he faced growing up in the San Fernando Valley and the resilience he developed due the support of his baseball coach.  Read the complete story at http://lausddaily.net/2017/11/civic-leader-inspires-champions-for-students-with-personal-story-of-success/.

    During the community building circle training, Student Health and Human Services staff were introduced to Restorative Practices, provided a powerful presentation about empathy, discussed individual core values, experienced community building circles, and were provided with strategies and ideas to utilize as they support students and staff.   Many of the SHHS staff shared personal stories of resiliency and spoke about the importance of connecting with students.  For more information about Restorative Justice, please contact our unit at restorativejustice@lausd.net.


    The School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (SWPBIS) Task Force, meets on the second or third Thursday of every month in the Board Blue Room.  The Task Force Members are comprised of Board Members, District Personnel from various departments, Administrators of Operations, Operations Coordinators, Principals, Teachers, Community Organizations, and Parents.  During the monthly meetings, District suspension data, days lost to suspension, and expulsion data is shared and discussed.  The data is disaggregated by local districts, gender, ethnicity, students with disabilities, and infraction types.  District personnel from various offices speak about their work and share how it impacts and supports the SWPBIS at school-sites.  Each month local District Administrators of Operations showcase two schools that are demonstrating exceptional progress around creating a positive school culture.  The schools discuss their challenges, successes, and next steps regarding implementing a successful SWPBIS and promoting a positive school culture that is conducive to all stakeholders. 


    Click on the link https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/11929, to access the SWPBIS meeting dates and previous meeting documents.



    The Restorative Justice Unit team was diligently at work training schools site personnel every Saturday during the month of October. Principals, Assistant Principals, coordinators, teachers, deans, psychologists, PSA staff, PSW staff all attended the training. The trainings occurred at Fulton College Prep in the valley, Horace Mann Middle School in the west, Lincoln Senior High in the east, and Peary Middle School in the south. During the month, 452 school site personnel were trained in Community Building (first year of training) and 271 school site personnel were trained in Harm and Re-entry (second year of training). Subsequently, training will resume in December with the hope of training an additional 350 school site personnel in Community Building and 130 school site personnel in Harm and re-entry. Improving the culture and climate at our schools, one school at a time!

  • Contact

    Restorative Justice Specialist:

    Paul Gonzales 

    333 S. Beaudry Ave. 29th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90017
    P: (213) 241-0394


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