Current Projects

TJE's Current Projects

California School Discipline Project

The Transformative Justice in Education (TJE) Center is working with educational researchers from the University of San Francisco and UCLA to elicit the experiences and opinions of administrators, teachers, and students about school climate and culture in general and positive discipline in particular. Funded by the California Endowment, this comprehensive study examines the ways in which these narratives, policies, and practices have changed over time, the political and institutional pressures, and supports and barriers to these changes. TJE has conducted in-depth qualitative case studies of approximately 28 schools in 14 California school districts. The TJE team is lead by Dr. Lawrence "Torry" Winn and two Graduate Student Researchers, Jeremy Prim and Adam Musser.


Black Child Legacy Campaign (BCLC)

The Transformative Justice in Education (TJE) Center, in partnership with the Office of Research and Policy for Equity, is conducting a transformative mixed-method evaluation of the Black Child Legacy Campaign. The purpose of the evaluation is to examine how the Steering Committee on the Reduction of African American Child Deaths (RAACD) implemented five strategies targeting seven neighborhoods and how those strategies are impacting African American child deaths. Second, the evaluation seeks to identify the challenges and promising practices of the implementation. Third, we hope that the findings from this evaluation will offer suggestions to improve implementation and planning of the RAACD’s strategies and help replicate them in other jurisdictions and communities. This evaluation is led by Dr.’s Maisha Winn, Lawrence “Torry” Winn, and Vajra Watson.  The lead Graduate Student Researcher is Vanessa Segundo. To learn more about the Black Child Legacy Campaign please visit

TJE Announcements

The Importance and Use of a Transformative Justice Approach in Professional Development for Black Teachers

October 29, 2019

The purpose of this paper is to outline how a transformative justice approach can be used to improve the professional development of Black teachers. Situating the current state of the Black teaching force in the United State as a manifestation of continued harm toward Black people who seek to use education for liberation, the author suggests that this harm be formally addressed through strategic work with Black teachers and the institutions they work in.

Harvard Education Press: Race and Education Book Series

June 05, 2019

The Race and Education series addresses urgent, contemporary issues at the intersection of race, society, and education. The books strive to advance a critical, forward-thinking body of research on race that contributes to policy, theory, practice, and action. The series aims to highlight effective practices designed to help solve intractable problems of race in education.

The series is edited by Dr. H. Richard Milner IV, who TJE was pleased to host as our Fall 2018 Distinguished Speaker. His talk, "Five Educational Imperatives for Justice" was groundbreaking and inspiring.

Maisha T. Winn and Torry Winn Receive Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community

February 15, 2019

Dr. Maisha T. Winn, UC Davis Chancellor’s Leadership Professor and Faculty Director of the School of Education’s Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE), and Dr. Lawrence (Torry) Winn, TJE Executive Director, have been honored with the Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity and Community for 2018-2019 in the Special Recognition Category. This award recognizes the exemplary contributions they have made to enhancing campus inclusiveness and diversity through their leadership roles at TJE.

2018-19 Practitioner in Residence: Micia Mosely, Ph.D.

June 12, 2018

The Transformative Justice in Education Center is thrilled to announce its 2018-19 Practitioner in Residence, Dr. Micia Mosely.

Micia Mosely earned her Ph.D. in Education from UC Berkeley and is now the founding Executive Director of The Black Teacher Project, an organization committed to recruiting, developing and sustaining Black teachers for schools in the United States.