Celebrating Possibilities

Carol A. Hand

Who would believe it’s possible
to witness lives transformed
in the span of a mere 2 years
by working together on a vision
of what could be?

Skills, knowledge and lasting bonds are built
when everyone shows up
graciously offering open minds and hearts
contributing their critical creativity to overcome challenges.

Divisions between teachers, learners, and cultures dissolve
expanding inclusive caring communities
empowered by life-long liberatory curiosity and compassion.


Students sharing what they learned to open up new possibilities and help create healthier communities

Celebrating Accomplishments –
April 21, 2017

Promoting restorative justice as an alternative to juvenile corrections

Celebrating Accomplishments –
April 21, 2017

Preserving culture and language by bringing generations together through storytelling circles

Celebrating Accomplishments –
April 21, 2017

Using research to involve youth in diverse communities to improve education

Celebrating Accomplishments –
April 21, 2017

Using skills to build programs to improve services for people who are homeless
and inspiring the next generation

Celebrating Accomplishments –
April 21, 2017

Celebrating connections and accomplishments


In gratitude to colleagues and graduating students who make liberatory learning possible, and a special thank you to MJ for inspiring others by sharing her exceptional scholarship, tenacity, and wisdom.

8 thoughts on “Celebrating Possibilities

  1. I’m particularly interested in the restorative justice display – is it actually happening anywhere in the US? We have a fairly good system of restorative justice here in New Zealand that has virtually eliminated the need for juvenile lock up units. There is even a rangatahi court for Maori youth that takes place on the marae and involves the participation of Maori elders.

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    1. Thank you for your interest and important questions about restorative justice programs in the US, Dr. B. I just did a quick Google search and came up with very few examples of restorative justice programs in the US, but I have encountered communities that use them in Montana, Minnesota, and a tribal community in Wisconsin. One of the counties where our students do their internships uses restorative justice to deal with youth. An Ojibwe tribal community I visited uses restorative justice approaches to reintegrate adults into the community during and after serving their sentences in prison or jail. I have read a little about the impressive systems the Maori have and appreciate your overview. It’s far more humane, wise, and cost effective in terms of lives and money. Sadly, the punitive mindset and profit motive in the US are significant barriers to overcome.


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