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The Reach Academy Centralizing Relationships as the key to learning

What is the Reach Academy?

The Reach Academy is a Restorative Justice initiative at Long Reach High School supporting our 9th graders.

It centralizes relationships as the key to learning.

The academy manifests the HCPSS Strategic Call to Action’s outcomes, particularly in creating student- centered practices and inclusive relationships.

At least one Honors or GT class for all students
Co-authored shared values and guidelines in each class to create a Restorative Instructional Culture.
"Check-in Forms" available in each Academy classroom to provide students opportunities to advocate and share.
Weekly advisory providing a consistent restorative culture through social emotional learning, a diversity and equity focus, and community connections.
Weekly staff meeting to plan and organize, but also build Restorative Community among staff.
Creating pedagogy that is inclusive, uses "windows and mirrors", builds a dialogic classroom, and encourages an action-oriented consciousness.

Informed by RJ texts including Restorative Justice in the ELA classroom by Winn, Graham and Alfred.

Field trips in collaboration with community partners to engage with community issues (HocoLibraries, HC Health dept, and Human Rights commission).

Ethnically, Racially and Socio-economically Diverse

What about after the Academy?

66% of students in ELA and 33% of students in Social Studies remained in above grade level classes during 10th grade.
15 former academy students trained in September 2019 to be Peace Circle Keepers.
Former Academy Students helped lead advisory and check ins during the school year.
An Academy Student set up a Restorative Justice student club.

Hear from staff and students in this video from the SY18-19 Academy

We are only at the beginning but we are already seeing the impact of the Reach Academy at Long Reach High School

Thank you to the HCPSS Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Howard County Educators Association, and the Restorative Justice Partnership for your support and leadership.