1st Edition

Restorative Justice Tribunal
And Ways to Derail Jim Crow Discipline in Schools

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after May 6, 2021
ISBN 9780367741440
May 6, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
128 Pages

USD $29.95

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Book Description

Learn how to implement a restorative justice approach that reduces suspension and expulsion rates, without compromising school safety and classroom order.

Author Dr. Zachary Scott Robbins, who has turned around schools in Boston, Massachusetts, and Las Vegas, Nevada explores the assumptions that underpin school policies that lead to high rates of suspensions and expulsions, especially for African-American students. He shares his experiences using Restorative Justice Tribunals and Restorative Justice Circles, which strike an effective balance between serving consequences to students who misbehave, and providing them with therapeutic wrap-around supports.

This powerful book will help school leaders avoid discriminating based on race, national origin, or disability, will improve school climate, and will help teachers spend less time on discipline, so they can have more time for instruction and preparing students to graduate.

Table of Contents

1. Welcome to Your New School  2. Wading into Restorative Justice  3. Financing the Restorative Justice Tribunal  4. Structures to Ensure a Return on Investment  5. A Pressure Cooker of Expectations  6. Jim Crow Discipline  7. Oversight, Academic Press, and Cultural Competence Derails Jim Crow Discipline  8. Preparing for The Restorative Justice Tribunal  9. Running the Restorative Justice Tribunal  10. After the Restorative Justice Tribunal  11. Supervision and Ongoing Support  12. Tribunals are a Solution for Diverse Students  13. Can Circles and Tribunals Co-Exist?  14. Foundations For Implementation  15. Final Thoughts on Derailing Jim Crow Discipline

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Dr. Zachary Scott Robbins is currently serving as a high school principal in Las Vegas, Nevada. Under his leadership, Zac’s team established the first successful restorative justice program in Nevada, and his school functions as a training hub in restorative practices for Nevada educators. Prior to his work in Las Vegas, Zac was a high school principal in Boston in the city's most challenging school. Zac and his staff dramatically improved achievement, and the school was one of the most improved in the state. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @DrZacRobbins.