Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Harrington Gibson

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Minor

Third Advisor

Kamau Rashid


This qualitative study was conducted to examine the pedagogies of high school teachers who have demonstrated success in working with African American male students and to determine which factors influence the way African American male students are disciplined. The rationale behind this research was based on the researcher’s direct observation of the many challenges African American male students encounter while navigating high school. The study was guided by a case study methodology to gather information about the shared experiences of the five teacher participants via interviews. Results showed African American male students experience high success levels when working with teachers who possess a restorative mindset and build relationships with their students. Leaders of high school communities throughout the country can use the participants’ experiences and strategies to decrease the use of exclusionary discipline practices that have created a discipline gap for African American male students. Research recommendations include implementing race-conscious restorative justice and mentoring programs in schools with significant populations of African American male students.