E. L. Haynes Public Charter School takes a social justice approach and uses a Responsive Classroom model to cultivate empathy in its students. In addition to having high academic expectations for all students, community involvement, restorative justice, and social and emotional learning are priorities for the school. The staff tries to get kids to speak their mind when things do not sit right with them, and they encourage students to be advocates for themselves, advocates for others, and problem-solvers in real time. The school’s shared vocabulary and shared meeting structure guide student interactions throughout the school day. At community meetings, E.L. Haynes uses a lot of student mediation.