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MTSS, RJ, PBIS at Fruitvale

What's the Difference?

MTSS is a framework that brings together RJ, PBIS & SEL and aligns their supports to serve the whole child. It relies on strong Universal Instruction and the consistent use of quantitative and qualitative data.

  • universal screening, progress monitoring
  • data-driven decision making
  • problem solving teams

MTSS, aligns the entire system of initiatives, supports, and resources, and implements continuous improvement processes to monitor progress effectively.

Every part of a school’s program fits within the MTSS framework - academic, behavioral & social-emotional curriculum, instruction & ac

Community Circles and Restorative Justice

What is Restorative Justice?

Inspired by indigenous values, restorative justice is a philosophy and a theory of justice that emphasizes bringing together everyone affected by wrongdoing to address needs and responsibilities and to heal the harm to relationships as much as possible. Several members of our staff have been trained in this tool and it is our first response to most problems. Much of the work of Restorative Justice is done through CIRCLES. At Fruitvale, we use Circles to build community and to solve problems both in and outside of the classroom.

The Circle Process: An Overview

The circle process creates a distinctive kind of space for restorative dialogue. Circles are fashioned in such a way that interconnectedness, interdependence, and equality within the community are highlighted. Participants are encouraged to share a sense of mutual responsibility for the well being of the community and the individuals within it, and an understanding that what happens to one person affects all.

In the circle, all participants, regardless of role or status, age or experience, are considered of equal importance, with an equal voice. Everyone in the circle is invited to speak and listen from the heart or to initiate silence. No one sits above or below others, or outside of the circle. The circle is inclusive. Even the circle keeper participates in the circle, in addition to facilitating the process. A circular seating arrangement and the use of a talking piece help define the process.

While circles vary somewhat in style and structure, they all seek to cultivate a climate of mutual respect and caring that is value-oriented and heart-based, that engages the emotions as well as the mind.

Circles Can Be Used To:

  • Problem Solve and achieve greater mutual understanding
  • Develop a spirit of collaboration and cooperation
  • Work through differences, difficult issues, and painful experiences
  • Make decisions together, building consensus
  • Repair, heal, and build relationships and a sense of community
  • Plan for the future