Washington Post and International Bestseller

Number 1 Amazon Bestseller 18 consecutive months


9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice

By Nathan Maynard and Brad Weinstein

Reviewers proclaim Washington Post Bestseller Hacking School Discipline to be “maybe the most important book a teacher can read, a must for all educators, fabulous, a game changer!”

In a book that should become your new blueprint for school discipline, teachers, presenters, and school leaders Nathan Maynard and Brad Weinstein help you eliminate punishment and build a culture of responsible students and independent learners. 

Twenty-one months at #1 on Amazon, and still going strong, HSD is disrupting education like nothing teachers and school leaders have seen in decades–maybe centuries.

Maynard and Weinstein provide practical tips and strategies in the context of real-world examples, guided by the imperatives of changing the behavior and preserving the relationship. An important read for teachers and administrators.” -Danny Steele, award-winning principal and co-author of Essential Truths for Principals and Essential Truths for Teachers


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"This book will completely transform your practice. It will force you to rethink discipline!"

"This is just what schools need so that problem behaviors aren't repeated! PBIS is great in theory; however, it often teaches students to behave simply because they will be rewarded for it. This book helps create a culture of accountability that every student is a part of, not a way to force compliance."

"If you want to know how to create a culture where students learn from their mistakes, hold one another accountable, and develop empathy, read this. It’s very teacher friendly and has the specific “how-tos” educators want. Love it!"

"This book exceeded my already high expectations! It provides not only the theoretical framework for restorative practices, but concrete data, examples, and tools of how to implement these strategies in school. I've shared it with my admin, and it's being ordered for a bunch of other teachers! Thanks so much for publishing this must-have addition to any teacher, counselor, educator, etc."

"This book was incredibly helpful. I teach middle school, and only bought it because it was an Amazon recommendation. We have been transitioning from traditional discipline to a system that emphasizes rebuilding the relationship after misbehavior. This book has nine chapters, each of which details extremely practical things you can actually do right away. While the scenarios are very specific, they also are ones that any teacher would recognize. We all think it should be required reading for everyone in our school."

"It's a fabulous no nonsense way of creating the culture of restorative justice throughout your school. I plan on using this book as a jumping off point for our entire staff. It works in concert with our PBIS. Restorative justice just makes sense to me as an educator - building relationships, repairing those relationships when needed - it's what makes it all work!"

"Absolutely MUST read this book if you are an educator or administrator. Unlike so many other educational books, this one actually goes beyond theory and provides concrete application of strategies. You’re not left trying to figure out how to apply the theories in your classroom. The book is well organized, making it helpful for note-taking. I don’t care if you’ve been teaching for decades or you’re a brand new teacher, READ THIS BOOK. I am excited to implement these strategies when I return back to my classroom in the Fall."

"This book is an instrumental tool to be utilized in every classroom. Teaching children how to empathize with others, communicate, and deal with their emotions allows them to be successful not only in the classroom, but also in their daily lives. I can’t recommend this book and their tools enough!"

"I love the Hack Learning Series and was excited to see this new title. My school has been implementing both community building circles and restorative circles this year and this book has some practical ideas to help us make both of them even stronger. The strategies in the book fit perfectly with our PBIS framework and focus on growth mindset. I always look forward to seeing what Hack Learning will come out with next and it always seems to be just the right topic."

"I recommend this book to every school teacher, administrator, and counselor that I meet! Anyone ready for a paradigm shift in the way things have always been done will love it’s powerful simplicity."



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