SEL Awardee

Kristina Nicchi

Hazel Valley Elementary
Highline Public Schools
Burien, WA
“Our project focuses on interrupting the traditional focus on compliance-based discipline and continue to grow the value of independent problem-solving for students. In our classrooms, we will provide teacher training to embed community circles and restorative practices. Schoolwide, we will build student voice and leadership by training a group of intermediate students to hold their own circles to solve community problems. Community-wide, we will involve families through multiple community dinner events. Embedding these restorative practices at the classroom, schoolwide and community levels will grow independence with problem solving, create strong community and grow equitable practices beyond our school building.”
Tags: Elementary School, Restorative Practices, Student Leadership & Voice, Students Affected by Suspensions, Teacher, Traditional Public School, Urban