Restorative Justice Tribunal
And Ways to Derail Jim Crow Discipline in Schools
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 wraparound 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 Derail 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 Coexist? 14. Foundations for Implementation 15. Final Thoughts on Derailing Jim Crow Discipline
Zachary Scott Robbins currently serves as a school district superintendent in the Pacific Northwest. He wrote Restorative Justice Tribunal while 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 functioned as a training hub in restorative practices for Nevada educators. Before 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 Zac on Twitter and Instagram @DrZacRobbins.