These additional resources support teachers in unionizing against punitive punishments and for a democratic and empowering school community. Check out the following for some quick facts:
and check out the following resources for more on these themes:
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Michelle Alexander, 2012
The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement.
- "Prison Town" (PDF)
The Real Cost of Prisons Project, 2005
The Real Cost of Prisons Project brings together prison/justice policy activists with political economists to create workshops and materials which explore both the immediate and long-term
costs of mass incarceration on the individual, her/his family, community and the nation.
- Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling
Sabrina Jones and Marc Mauer, 2013
Through a highly accessible form, this graphic novel serves as an essential text for understanding the exponential growth of the U.S. prison system, and reveals the corrosive effects four decades of prison expansion has had on Americans.
- Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California
Ruth Wilson Gilmore, 2007
Using California as a case study, Gilmore examines the economic and political forces that have produced a growth in prisons, despite decreasing crime rates. Specifically, the book identifies defeats of radical struggles, weakening of labor, and shifting patterns of capital investment as the key conditions for prison growth.
- The House I Live In
Eugene Jarecki, 2012
Watch the trailer here.
Captures the stories of individuals affected by America's longest war-- the War on Drugs, and reveals its profound human rights implications.
- Kids for Cash
Kids for Cash looks at a small town in Pennsylvania in which it was revealed that a judge had received millions of dollars in payments from the privately-owned juvenile detention centers to incarcerate children for petty crimes.
- Secrets of a Successful Organizer
Alexandra Bradbury, Mark Brenner, and Jane Slaughter, 2016
Provides a step-by-step guide to building power in the workforce.
- The Future of Our Schools: Teachers Unions and Social Justice
Lois Weiner, 2012
"Drawing on scholarship and experience, Weiner outlines the potential power of teacher unions to reverse the corporate assault on public education and the necessity to transform the narrow business unionism that stands in the way. Every one fighting to reclaim public education should read it."
— Pauline Lipman, Professor, Educational Policy Studies, College of Education, University of Illinois-Chicago
- Democracy is Power: Rebuilding Unions for the Bottom Up
Mike Parker and Martha Gruelle, 1999
An important resource for anyone active in reforming their own union. Provides insight on the internal democracy of labor unions that is crucial to the movement.
- Transforming Teacher Unions: Fighting for Better Schools and Social Justice
Publication by Rethinking Schools, 1999
This anthology looks at exemplary practices of teacher unions from the local to the national level. The 25 articles weave together issues of teacher unionism, classroom reform, working with local communities, and social justice.
- A Troublemaker's Handbook 2: How to Fight Back Where You Work
Edited by Jane Slaughter, 2005
In hundreds of first-person accounts, this manual shows how workers fought for power in the workplace.
[General Information on the Pipeline]
Advancement Project: The School-to-Prison Pipeline
- Police in the Hallways: Discipline in an Urban School
Kathleen Nolan, 2011
Nolan documents the experiences of students at a heavily policed Bronx high school and reveals how small infractions turn into "police matters" with the presence of law enforcement.
- Transforming the School to Prison Pipeline
Debra M. Pane and Tonette S. Rocco, 2014
This book serves as a practical guide for teachers, administrators, and teacher education programs to transform traditional ways of thinking about classroom discipline and teaching in order to create student-centered, creative, non-punitive classrooms that authentically engage the most alienated and oppressed students in our schools and society.
- Book 'Em: undereducated, overincarcerated
From Youth Rights Media, 3 min, 2007
This award-winning documentary unpacks the "school to prison pipeline," revealing startling and disturbing connections between the educational and juvenile justice systems. Following the film's release youth launched an action campaign and within a year of the release of the film suspensions at New Haven's two largest high schools had decreased by 50%.
- How School Suspensions Rob Students of Learning News One, 2016
Tyler Brewster, a member of Teachers Unite, explains why suspensions are not the most effective way to deal with disruptive students.
[Inequitable Consequences of School-to-Prison Pipeline]
- Unfinished Business: Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools
Pedro A. Noguera & Jean Yonemura Wing, 2008
This book examines the "achievement gap" phenomenon through the lens of Berkeley High School-- supposedly the most integrated high school in America-- and uncovers the hidden inequities of schools–where cultural attitudes, academic tracking, curricular access, and after-school activities serve as sorting mechanisms that set students on paths of success or failure.
- Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School
Edited By Mica Pollock, 2008
Offers concrete and realistic strategies from leading experts about dealing with race in schools.
- Race, Gender, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Expanding Our Discussion to Include Black Girls
African American Policy Forum, 2012
- “The Promise of a Teacher Professional Development Program in Reducing the Racial Disparity in Classroom Discipline Referrals”
Anne Gregory, Joseph P. Allen, Amori Yee Mikami, A. Hafen, Robert C. Pianta, 2013
Advocates of RJ call for schools with high suspension rates to receive technical assistance in adopting “proven-effective” systematic supports by means of teacher professional development.
- Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, and Underprotected
Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies and African American Policy Forum, 2015
- Shining a Spotlight on Black Girls The Schott Foundation for Public Education, 2016
- Restorative Practice and Special Needs: A Practical Guide to Working Restoratively with Young People
Nick Burnett and Margaret Thorsborne, 2015
Offers a practical guide on restorative practices that can be adapted for students with additional needs in the classroom.
- Toward Transformative Justice: A Liberatory Approach to Child Sexual Abuse and other forms of Intimate and Community Violence
Using the platform of Transformative Justice, this document supports justice in cases of child sexual abuse by encouraging individuals and collectives to deconstruct larger conditions of inequality and injustice.
- Circle Forward: Building A Restorative School Community
Carolyn Boyes-Watson and Kay Pranis, 2014
A resource guide designed to help teachers, administrators, students and parents incorporate the practice of Circles into the everyday life of the school community. The guide offers comprehensive step–by-step instructions for how to plan, facilitate and implement the Circle for a variety of purposes within the school environment.
- The Little Book of Restorative Justice
Howard Zehr, 2002
Howard Zehr provides principles and practices for making restorative justice both possible and useful.
And check out many other great "Little" Books for peacebuilding!
- A Free Range Childhood: Self Regulation at Summerhill School
Matthew Appleton, 2000
Appleton gives his experience as a houseparent at the famous Summerhill School where students regulate their own lives free from adult interference.
- Picturing Restorative Justice: A Vision of the World We Want to Live In
Joan Kresich, 2012
Kresich provides everyday examples of restorative justice as a method of conflict resolution so that ultimately, communities can re-connect, heal broken relationships, and become stronger.
- Safe and Peaceful Schools: Addressing Conflict and Eliminating Violence. (Chapter 2, A Case Vignette)
John Winslade and Michael Williams
- Heart of Hope: A Guide for Using Peacemaking Circles to Develop Emotional Literacy, Promote Healing and Build Healthy Relationships
Carolyn Boyes-Watson and Kay Pranis, 2010
A resource guide that provides tools for those who work with youth, young adults, and their families within social services, violence/pregnancy prevention, education, and positive youth development programs to support them in gaining emotional literacy and build healthy relationships.
- Dozens of downloadable PDFs on Restorative Justice from the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice
- “A Democratic Structure for School Discipline: Reflections from Two New York City High Schools”
T. Elijah Hawkes, Schools: Studies in Education, Spring 2011
Provides the successes and shortcomings of two transfer schools that educate students whom have struggled in other schools in the past and are looking for another attempt at graduation or college.
- "Restorative Justice Practices of Native American, First Nation and Other Indigenous People of North America: Part One"
International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), 2004
Details the Native peacemaking process that brings together victims, offenders, and their supporters to get to the bottom of a problem in order to reintegrate individuals into their community rather than punish.
- “Deepening Democracy”
Maria Hantzopoulos, Rethinking Schools, Fall 2006
Models the fairness committee as a deeper form of democracy that is as inclusive as possible and allows for multiple perspectives.
- "The Fairness Committee: Restorative Justice in a Small Urban Public High School"
Maria Hantzopoulos, The Prevention Researcher (free issue), 2013
Looks at the Fairness Committee at Humanities Preparatory Academy, a small NYC public school, as a way to model restorative practices and show how students respond to them.
- An Overview of the History and Theory of Transformative Justice
Anthony J. Nocella II
Introduces transformative justice as a form of peacemaking as a way to compare to restorative justice.
- "To Keep Kids Out of Trouble—And Prison—Teach Them to Understand Their Emotions"
Yes! Magazine, July 2013
- “Findings From Schools Implementing Restorative Practices”
International Institute of Restorative Practices
- "Circling Justice"
A look at restorative justice at Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders in Brooklyn, NY, 2015
- To curb conflict, a Colorado high school replaces punishment with conversation
PBS News Hour segment, 2014
At Hinkley High School in Aurora, Colo., students, parents and administration are meeting face-to-face to resolve student conflict with conversation. The number of physical altercations has taken a nosedive as this new type of disciplinary action, called “restorative justice,” replaces suspension.
- Restorative Welcome and Reentry Circle
Video of a Welcome Circle for Re-entry for a student returning to Bunche Continuation High School in Oakland, CA after being incarcerated (14 minutes).
Oakland Unified School District & Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), 2013
[Global Restorative Practices]
- Talk it Out
Morris Campus (Bronx) Peer Mediation Music Video
Students from the Morris Campus Student Leadership Council came together to write and create this video to promote peer mediation at the Morris High School Campus. They titled the song, "Talk It Out."
- The Interrupters
Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz, 2011
THE INTERRUPTERS tells the story of three dedicated individuals who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they themselves once employed. These “violence interrupters” (their job title) – who have credibility on the street because of their own personal histories – intervene in conflicts before the incidents explode into violence.
- Breaking the Pipeline
Global Action Project and Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, 2010
This youth-produced short film calls for restorative justice as an alternative method to the unjust zero tolerance policies and over-policing that students face in New York City public schools.
And finally, to end on a happy note :)
Love Is the Answer Song & Music Video by Aloe Blacc