Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline offers teachers, parents, students, and schools, a way to cultivate virtue while repairing harm from bullying and other hurtful behaviors.
Our logo illustrates an incomplete heart, and the base is the letter “V” for virtue. Growing in virtue must begin from within our own hearts – reflecting on ways to grow closer to God by imitating desirable, holy habits. Green is the color of growth and hope, so it is fitting to show virtue as a matter of a hope-filled heart, striving to grow in grace. The open side of the heart on the left is incomplete, reminding us to always work toward self improvement.
A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions.
The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God. (CCC 1803)
Students easily understand the simple definition: Virtues are Holy Habits that make us like God.
Goals of Restorative Discipline:
- To understand the harm and develop empathy for both parties
- To listen & respond to the needs of both parties
- To encourage accountability & responsibility through personal reflection within a collaborative planning process
Components for prevention:
- Staff Development – we are working to identify problems/refine the process
- Class Meetings – we are committed to helping students grow emotionally
- Parent Discussions – a way to build stronger families committed to the process
- Building Community – expanding our efforts to build healthy relationships among adults