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Introducing Exciting Book Club Courses Starting in March!

Updated: Jan 31




We're thrilled to announce the launch of our book club courses, offering a diverse range of thought-provoking reads. Explore new perspectives and engage in meaningful discussions with fellow book enthusiasts. Here's a glimpse of our book choices and the exciting details:


Book Choices:


1. Restorative Circles in Schools by Bob Costello, Joshua Wachtel, & Ted Wachtel


Restorative Circles in Schools by Bob Costello, Joshua Wachtel, & Ted Wachtel introduces a transformative approach to conflict resolution and community building within educational settings. The book delves into the philosophy and practices of restorative circles, a process designed to create a safe and inclusive space for dialogue.


The authors emphasize the power of circles as a means to address conflicts, build relationships, and foster a sense of belonging among students and educators. Drawing on their experiences in restorative justice, the book provides practical guidance on implementing restorative circles in schools, offering a framework that encourages open communication, empathy, and collaborative problem-solving.


Readers can expect to gain insights into how restorative circles can positively impact school culture, promote understanding, and contribute to a more supportive and harmonious learning environment. "Restorative Circles in Schools" serves as a valuable resource for educators, administrators, and anyone interested in creating restorative and empowering spaces within educational communities.


 Class Dates

  • 3/14; 5PM-7PM Chapter 1

  • 4/4; 5PM-7PM Chapter 2

  • 4/25; 5PM-7PM Chapter 3

  • 5/16; 5PM-7PM Chapter 4

  • 6/6; 5PM-7PM Chapter 5

 

Cost:

Individual Orders

  • $60 per meeting

  • $275 for all sessions (a $15 discount)

Group orders (2+ people): 

  • $50 per person per meeting (a $10 discount)  or 

  • $225 for all sessions (a $25 discount)



2. The Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools by Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz & Judy H. Mullet


The Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools by Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz & Judy H. Mullet provides a concise and practical guide to implementing restorative discipline practices in educational settings. The book introduces restorative justice principles as an alternative to traditional punitive approaches, aiming to create a more supportive and respectful school environment.


The authors emphasize the importance of fostering accountability, empathy, and community building within schools. The book offers insights into restorative discipline techniques, including proactive strategies for preventing conflicts and reactive approaches to address issues when they arise. Through real-world examples and case studies, readers gain a clear understanding of how restorative practices can be integrated into daily school life.


This resource is particularly valuable for educators, administrators, and school staff seeking effective ways to address discipline issues while promoting a positive and inclusive school culture. "The Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools" serves as a practical handbook, guiding readers on the journey toward building stronger, more connected school communities through restorative justice principles.

Class Dates:

  • 3/7; 5PM-7PM Chapter 1 

  • 3/28; 5PM-7PM Chapter 2, 

  • 4/18; 5PM-7PM Chapter 3, 

  • 5/9; 5PM-7PM Chapter 4, 

  • 5/30; 5PM-7PM Chapter 5, 

  • 6/20; 5PM-7PM Chapter 6


Cost:

Individuals

  • $60 per meeting

  • $350 for all sessions (a $10 discount)

Group orders (2+ people): 

  • $50 per person per meeting (a $10 discount)  

  • $290 for all sessions (a $10 discount)



3. White Rage by Carol Anderson


White Rage by Carol Anderson explores the historical patterns of systemic racism and the ways in which white resistance to African American progress has manifested throughout American history. The book provides a critical examination of the various methods employed to undermine Black advancements, including legal, political, and social strategies.


Anderson argues that whenever African Americans make progress in achieving civil rights or economic advancements, there is a corresponding backlash from white individuals and institutions seeking to maintain the status quo. The author traces this "white rage" from the Reconstruction era to the present day, revealing the persistent challenges faced by Black communities in the United States.


Through meticulous research and analysis, Anderson sheds light on lesser-known aspects of American history, exposing systemic injustices and providing readers with a deeper understanding of the complex dynamics surrounding race relations. "White Rage" serves as a thought-provoking exploration of the historical roots of racial inequality and the ongoing struggles for social justice.


Class Dates:

  • 3/12; 5PM-7PM Chapter 1, 

  • 4/2; 5PM-7PM Chapter 2, 

  • 4/23; 5PM-7PM Chapter 3, 

  • 5/14; 5PM-7PM Chapter 4, 

  • 6/4; 5PM-7PM Chapter 5 


Cost:

Individual Orders

  • $60 per meeting

  • $275 for all sessions (a $15 discount)

Group orders (2+ people): 

  • $50 per person per meeting (a $10 discount)  or 

  • $225 for all sessions (a $25 discount)



4. Pushout by Monique W. Morris


Pushout by Monique W. Morris is a compelling exploration of the systemic factors that contribute to the criminalization and pushout of Black girls in the American education system. Morris sheds light on the often-overlooked experiences of Black girls who face harsh disciplinary measures, racial and gender biases, and a lack of support in schools.


The book addresses the intersections of race, gender, and class, highlighting the unique challenges that Black girls encounter in their educational journeys. Morris argues that punitive disciplinary policies, coupled with stereotypes and societal expectations, contribute to a school-to-confinement pathway for many Black girls. The consequences of this pushout extend beyond the educational system, impacting the girls' lives and opportunities for the future.


Through a combination of research, personal narratives, and analysis, Morris advocates for a more inclusive and equitable approach to education that recognizes and addresses the specific needs and experiences of Black girls. "Pushout" serves as a call to action to reform educational policies and practices to create a more supportive and empowering environment for all students, particularly those who have been historically marginalized.


Class Dates: 

  • 3/19; 5PM-7PM Chapter 1, 

  • 4/9; 5PM-7PM Chapter 2, 

  • 4/30; 5PM-7PM Chapter 3, 

  • 5/21; 5PM-7PM Chapter 4, 

  • 6/11; 5PM-7PM Chapter 5


Cost:

Individual Orders

  • $60 per meeting

  • $275 for all sessions (a $15 discount)

Group orders (2+ people): 

  • $50 per person per meeting (a $10 discount)  or 

  • $225 for all sessions (a $25 discount)



Information Sessions:


Join our free information sessions on:


Feb 27th: Dive into discussions about White Rage and Pushout.



Feb 29th: Learn more about Restorative Circles in Schools and The Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools.



Questions? email Victor at RJLeaguechat@gmail.com


Get ready for an enriching literary journey! If you have any questions or need more information, mark your calendar for these sessions. Let's explore the world of books together! 

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