Discipline Over Punishment: Successes and Struggles with Restorative Justice in Schools

Discipline Over Punishment: Successes and Struggles with Restorative Justice in Schools

by Trevor Gardner


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Discipline Over Punishment is an exploration of the transformative potential of restorative discipline practices in schools, ranging from the micro-level of one-on-one interactions with students to the macro-level of re-routing the school-to-prison pipeline and improving life outcomes for young people. Gardner, who continues to teach high school in Oakland, CA, has spent nearly 20 years innovating, struggling, and succeeding to implement various restorative justice practices in classrooms and schools around the Bay Area. Using classrooms and schools where he has taught and students, families and educators with whom he has worked, Gardner examines how restorative justice, as a set of beliefs and practices can be a force for justice and equity in our classrooms, schools, and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475822267
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/26/2016
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Trevor W. Gardner has taught high school English and history for the past 17 years in San Francisco and Oakland, where he has practiced and studied the use of restorative justice in urban schools. He currently teaches history and serves as the Dean of Instruction and Academic Coach at ARISE High School in East Oakland.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword: Milton Reynolds
Chapter 1: Philosophy and Practice: Towards a Restorative Approach to School Discipline
Chapter 2: Restorative Discipline and Classroom Management: Seeking to Understand First
Chapter 3: Meeting Students Where They Are
Chapter 4: Preventative Discipline Inside and Outside of the Classroom: “It’s the Relationships, Stupid”
Chapter 5: When Students Become the Leaders: Letting Go of Punitive Control and Letting Students Lead
Chapter 6: Restorative Justice as 21st Century Leadership Skill – Thinking Critically in a World of Social Disorder
Chapter 7: Starting Young – Restorative Justice Discipline Practices at the Elementary School Level
With contributions by Jeremiah Jeffries
Chapter 8: Struggles and Opportunities: Overcoming the Challenges of Implementing a Restorative Model
With contributions by Renjitham Alfred and Rekia Jibrin
Chapter 9: Adult Circles: When Teachers Need to Heal and Build Relationships
Adult Reflection
Appendix A - Student Justice Panel Overview
Appendix B - Student Justice Panel Petition
Appendix C - Sample Student Justice Panel Training Agenda
Appendix D - Student Reflection Form
Appendix E - Codes of Respect
Appendix F - EA Norms and Core Values
About the Author
About the Contributors

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