The 3 E’s: Restorative Practices to Ground Transition Planning

Given the challenges of Covid-19, Attendance Works suggests schools and districts consider using these key elements of principles of fair process that are embedded in restorative practice - Engagement, Explanation and Expectation Clarity - to guide their approach to planning.

Engagement refers to involving individuals in decisions that affect them by listening to their views and genuinely taking their opinions into account.

Explanation requires taking care to explain the reasoning behind a decision to everyone who has been involved or who is affected by it.

Expectation clarity involves making sure that everyone clearly understands a decision and what is expected of them in the future, along with communicating when and at what intervals they should expect communication from district and school leaders. Attending to these elements can help schools and districts to ensure families and students are engaged as partners in defining the issues, identifying solutions, and implementing agreements.