Suspension and expulsions are poor solutions to improve school climate and culture, as out of school behavioral consequences leave students who need the most support out of school, disconnected from academic and emotional supports, and with gaps in their learning. Cheyenne High School was the pilot school for restorative practices in the Clark County School District. Cheyenne implemented restorative practices to address social and emotional barriers that that impede equal educational outcomes for all students. After four years of successful implementation, suspensions and expulsions decreased, relationships between teachers and students improved, and graduation rates soared. The presenters teach educators throughout Nevada how to implement restorative practices. This session will help participants implement restorative practices, improve school climate, and maintain continuous learning for all kids.
Dr. Zac Robbins coordinated the Restorative Justice pilot for the Clark county School District. He has worked in Title I Schools his entire career and has turned around three Title I Schools in Boston and in Las Vegas.
Ms. Regina James is a school counselor that attends to college access and scholarships at Cheyenne High School. She is a member of the Nevada School Counselor Association Board of Directors and advises schools throughout the Clark County School District on ways to implement restorative practices in their schools.
Mr. Gerald Washington is a social worker that serves Cheyenne High School and its feeder middle school in the Clark County School District. He is a Restorative Justice Facilitator.