Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD) is a program developed in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis by the Director of School Climate, Lynne Lang. St. Rita School is currently the only school in the Archdiocese of Louisville to participate in the VBRD initiative. Derived from restorative justice practices, Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline has several premises that guide its approach:
By implementing VBRD, we are not waiting for a problem to start. This lays a foundation for life, helping students understand the virtues and develop a firm disposition to the good. It also helps them recognize the impact of their behavior on their relationship with others and with God. It’s addressing the root cause of the problem to promote systemic change. The entire school participates in weekly class meetings where students are educated on the virtue focus of the month and are also given a safe environment to air grievances against one another—which we believe to be a proactive approach to discipline.
Schools that practice VBRD are not “soft” on discipline. In fact, VBRD practices are often more time-consuming for all parties than traditional discipline consequences. The difference in Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline is that the emphasis is on the wrong-doer understanding the harm that has been done and taking active steps to right the wrong. While this does take more time initially, it is an approach that reduces repeated harm.
Please go to Lynne Lang’s website on VBRD for more information: www.virtuebase.com
Virtues for the School Year of 2015-2016
Our virtue of focus for the school year of 2015-2016 will be Faith with a theme of Service.
September: Faith—Believing in God and all he has revealed.
October: Reverence—Showing your deepest respect for things of God.
November: Stewardship—Returning to God the first fruits of your time, talent, and treasure.
December: Generosity—Giving without counting the cost.
January: Gratitude—Seeing everything as a gift and being thankful.
February: Honesty—Being trustworthy and true.
March: Mercy—Caring for those who suffer.
April: Justice—Being fair and giving each his due.
May: Zeal—Being driven by an intense love for God.