Monday, December 28, 2015

Facebook page for "Restorative Justice Education"

A new Facebook page was created for the nonprofit organization "Restorative Justice Education." This nonprofit was created for the purposes of supporting the work I do using restorative justice practices and principles to create a Culture of Care in schools.

If you use Facebook, I invite you to visit the "Restorative Justice Education" page, "like" it, and leave a "comment." I also invite you to request that we be "friends" on Facebook.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

Dr Tom Cavanagh

Friday, December 11, 2015

Truancy - the problem and solutions

Truancy is one of the issues involved in the school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately affects children of color. In our work at the pilot high school near Denver we found that in creating a Culture of Care based on restorative justice principles and practices truancy became a non-issue because these high school aged children wanted to be in school. In fact, one teacher said that the issue of students who generally were truant and were now coming to class was the new problem because she did not know how to teach them. My reply was - isn't that a wonderful problem?

So here is a graphic display of the problem:

I hope this graphic helps to explain the issue.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

New York City Teachers Union Supports Restorative Justice

The New York City Teachers Union Calls for Investment in Restorative Justice on the image to the left to watch a powerful video produced by Teachers Unite, or TU, which includes NYC teachers and students who are calling upon policymakers and advocates to invest in restorative justice in public schools. Help us to increase awareness about this effort by sharing this video with your networks. Use the hashtag: #investinschoolsnotpolice and spread the word! TU Executive Director, Sally Lee, also wrote a piece on police in schools that was featured in the Huffington Post. Read more (