Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline: Comprehensive Guide
"This faith-filled approach to addressing bullying and other disruptive behaviors stands as an exemplary model for our parishes, homes and schools." - The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis
An age-old problem is now a golden opportunity!
From inspiring kids to performing simple acts of kindness, to helping teachers recognize warning signs, to empowering parents, Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline helps put an end to bullying issues and restores a safe, positive, and welcoming environment for all.
Designed to decrease anti-social behaviors and increase faith practices, this unique program, as developed in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, moves away from punitive methods of dealing with anti-social behavior, getting to the root cause of the issue.
- Lays a foundation of spirituality for parents and kids
- Educates children on virtues and integrates them as part of the solution
- Strengthens relationships with God and others
- Creates high accountability and high responsibility for solving conflicts.
"We are encouraged by the changes we have seen in adults and students as we strengthen Catholic identity." -- George Henry, Superintendent for Catholic Education, Archdiocese of St. Louis
"When I hear my students tell me they see me showing virtue in an action, I know they understand, even as young as second grade." Nina Ashby, Teacher, Holy Trinity School
"It is a program on bullying, yet we're truly working to grow in faith and love. Well worth it!" -- Ben H., Parent at St. Peter School, Kirkwood, MO
"I get to do something that makes me think about my actions and help others to learn from my mistakes. I hardly ever get in trouble anymore." -- Juan, an 8th grader at Holy Trinity School
Lynne Lang is director of school climate for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. An experienced Catholic educator and author, she has worked for 15 years in the fields of violence prevention, health education and curriculum development.