12th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education

Yes, it is happening again! The 12th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education is coming to Cleveland in May of 2018. You can participate by responding by November 10 to the Call for Proposals found here: http://msass.case.edu/cre-2018/

Theme: Bridging the Divide in Polarized Societies

Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA, May 22 – 25, 2018

Call for Proposals and Conference Details Available at:
http://msass.case.edu/cre-2018/

(Deadline Friday, November 10, 2017) 

Hosted by the Mandel School of Applied Social Science, Case Western Reserve University in partnership with John Carroll University, Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College

There will be lots of training and professional development opportunities again this year. For example:

Intensive Full Day Trainings (One and Two Days, 9AM – 5PM each day)

Sample trainings (see the web site for additional trainings and more information):

  • May 22 – 23, Dialogue Across Differences – Facilitator Training for Community Leaders, Essential Partners
  • May 22 – 23, Dialogues on Race: Inside Prison Walls and Outside in Communities, Madeline G. Trichel, Curriculum Coordinator, Horizon Prison Initiative
  • May 23, Conflict Resolution Strategies for Engaging Polarized Communities Productively, Dr. Julie Shedd, George Mason University and D.G. Mawn, National Association for Community Mediation
  • May 23, Building Opportunities through Civil Discourse, National Institute for Civil Discourse
  • And more!  Check the web site in October for details!

CR Education Site Update

This summer (2017)  CREducation has received an update bringing us onto a new platform. After more than 10 years on the prior one, we were due!

World with Mobile devices

We’ve tried to bring over all the good content you’ve come to expect, as well as incrementally adding some new features. One new feature of special interest to teachers is the ability to access our collection of classroom learning activity suggestions that appeared in our popular wall calendars.

We’re also working on an online calendar populated with the birthdays of prominent peacemakers and various county days and UN observances. Some additional data will be added over time.

We’ve also attempted to eliminate the need for the Flash plugin and made the site more mobile device friendly. We hope you like it.

In any case, thanks for your interest in Conflict Resolution in Education!

Regards,

Bill Warters – CREducation Webmaster

 

Slides from 2013 CRE Summit

Slides from the conference are now available on the CRE conference presentations page. The listing below is organized by presentation date (as best I could sort it out).

June 13

Integrating Service Learning and Opportunities for Civic Engagement into Courses
Presented by: Richard Kinsley, Executive Director of Ohio Campus Compact

A Sustained Dialogue Training for Community Advocates, Administrators, and Advanced Students
Presented by: Amy Lazarus Executive Director, Rhonda Fitzgerald Program Director, and Elizabeth Wuerz Program Director at SDCN

June 14

Telling Better Stories: Promoting Global Citizenship & Shared Understanding w Pulitzer Center
Presented by: Mark Schulte, National Education Coordinator at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

The Organization of American States: 100 Years of Building Bridges in the Americas
Presented by: Presented By: Pablo Zuniga, Romina Giselle Kasman, and Marcia Bebianno Simoes

Using Circles for Motivation and Community Building
Presented by: Barbara Sugarman Grochal, Center for Dispute Resolution, University of Maryland King Carey School of Law

Multilingual Education as a Tool of Social Integration in Kyrgyzstan
Presented by: Nina Bagdasarova, American University in Central Asia

Peacebuilding Training and Restorative Justice Initiatives in Northeast Asia
Presented by: Jae Young Lee and Kathy Matsui, Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI) and Korea Peacebuilding Institute (KOPI)

The International Organization for Migration – Addressing needs of conflict affected migrants
Presented by: Nino Shushania, International Organization for Migration

Collaborative Negotiations – Strategies, Skills and Techniques
Presented by: Timothy Viskocil, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services

A Global Movement Cultivating a Culture of Peace: AC4P
Presented by: Jenna McCutchen, Elise Cabrisses and Jessica Cea, Virginia Tech

June 15

Inter-cultural Conflict Resolution, Political Processes and Impacts
Presented by: Rena Ramkay, co-chair Conflict Prevention Working Group at Peacebuild

Promoting intercultural understanding in Australia
Presented by: Gary Shaw, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria, Australia

Peace Education Highlights from Australia and Victoria
Presented by: Gary Shaw, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria, Australia

Peace Education Highlights from the Philippines
Presented by: Loreta Castro, Philippines

Exchange 2.0 – Connecting Youth Across Divides
Presented by: Claudia Maffettone, Soliya Inc.

District-wide Conflict Resolution, Peer Mediation and Bullying Prevention Model- 30 years of Impact
Presented by: Kathy Bickmore, University of Toronto

Peace Education for Peaceful and Harmonious co-existence in a multi-ethnic country – Kenya
Presented by: Caroline Owegi-Ndhlovu, Nairobi Peace Initiative – Africa

Peacebuilding in Community Colleges – A Teaching Resource
Presented by: David Smith, George Mason University; Jennifer Batton, Cuyahoga Community College; Jeff Dykhuizen, Delta College; Cindy Epperson

June 16

Developing Courses in Peace and Conflict Studies
Presented by: Vincent D’Agostino and Patricia Golesic, Sault College

Peace Studies Club 101
Presented by: Kurt Hoffman, Allegany College of Maryland

June 17

Peace Education – Core Concepts and Themes
Presented by: Loreta Castro, Center for Peace Education, Miriam College

Educating for Global Citizenship
Presented by: Lloyd Kornelsen

Tri-C Sustained Dialogue Campus Network Overview
Presented by: Ty Olson, Cuyahoga Community College

Free Spanish Language Peer Mediation Manual and Training Video

The New York City-based Washington Heights-Inwood Coalition received a JAMS Foundation grant to develop a Spanish language school peer mediation manual and video of a simulated peer mediation session in Spanish, to be use nationally for those programs who may find it useful. These materials are now available for free from their website. The manual, entitled Manual de Mediación Escolar – Entrenamiento Integrado Para Estudiantes De Escuelas Secundarias is 152-pages long, and the video runs a little over 20 minutes.

Free Online Curriculum – Peace, Peacebuilding and Peacelearning: A Holistic Introduction

In celebration of the International Day of Peace, the National Peace Academy is launching a free online curriculum, “Peace, Peacebuilding and Peacelearning: A Holistic Introduction.” This study guide designed for budding peace and community change leaders from children to adults. It is intended for both seasoned practitioners and those who are new to peacebuilding and who wish to create significant, meaningful and sustainable change in their personal lives, their communities, and the world at large. It was designed to be explored across the span of 12 weeks.

Approximate Schedule of Curriculum Release Dates:

Week 1: Introduction: 5 Spheres of Peace (Available September 21, 2012)
Weeks 2-3: Personal Peace (Available on or before September 28, October 5)
Weeks 4-5: Social Peace (Available on or before October 12, 19)
Weeks 6-7: Political Peace (Available on or before October 26, November 2)
Weeks 8-9: Institutional Peace (Available on or before November 9, 16)
Weeks 10-11: Ecological Peace (Available on or before November 23, 30)
Week 12: Holistic Peace (Available on or before December 7)

More information is available here.

How Can Students Better Understand the Impact of Violence and Peace?

The Institute for Economics and Peace has updated the free teaching modules, the Building Blocks of Peace, with peace data from the 2012 from the 2012 Global Peace Index. You can download these resources for use in your classroom here: http://economicsandpeace.org/education/secondary

IEP is a non-profit research institute dedicated to better understanding the social, economic, and political factors that drive peacefulness. IEP produces the Global Peace Index and the United States Peace Index, which measure peacefulness at national and regional levels and provide rich data, resources, and visualizations for teaching, including interactive maps.

Call for Nominations: Evens Prize for Peace Education (EU-based projects)

Through its new Prize for Peace Education, the Evens Foundation seeks to recognize organizations, associations or institutions – based and working in the EU – that offer training programs to teachers (among others) in learning how to manage interpersonal and/or intergroup conflicts in a positive and constructive way.The prize money of € 25,000 awarded by a professional jury and the Evens Foundation, will be shared between the award-winner and the dissemination/promotion of the winning training program (in cooperation with the award-winner). Deadline for submission: October 1, 2010.

Peace One Day Educational Resources

Peace One Day (POD) is an organization that celebrates an international ceasefire on the International Day of Peace, September 21. They have developed a Global Education Resource Pack that is now available in the six official languages of the United Nations. It’s free, online (and downloadable) and includes Peace One Day short films and interviews and exercise handouts. Thirteen lessons are included in the Global Pack helping young people to explore issues of peace, non-violence, conflict resolution and intercultural cooperation, using Peace Day as a focus. POD Education materials are now reportedly being used by over 6,000 educators in over 140 countries.

Resource packs specialized to match United States and U.K. educational standards are also available, so be sure to pick the collection most relevant to your location. The U.S. and U.K packs have 21 activities included, more than the more generic Global pack that has been translated into more languages.

Click through to out more about the Peace One Day Education Resource Packs.

United Nations International Year of Youth

The United Nations has declared 12 August 2010 – 11 August 2011 as International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding. This should provide some exciting the opportunities for those working in the area of youth and peacebuilding, and we encourage everyone to get involved.
More information will be posted on the United Nations youth website, http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/index.html

Now Accepting Applications – International Institute on Peace Education

Looking ahead this year – the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE) will take place on July 12-18, 2010 in Colombia.  The theme for the event is: Learning to Read the World from Multiple Perspectives: Peace Education Toward Diversity and Inclusion”.  This event is not a conference but a meeting of a “Learning Community” in which the organizers and the participants will work together to nurture a highly interactive, inclusive learning environment.  It is an intensive multicultural and cooperative learning experience in which participants learn from and with each other about substantive peace issues and interactive teaching approaches.  Program and application information are now available on the IIPE website at:
http://www.i-i-p-e.org/

Darkness and Light in November 2009

Posted by Shawn McElroy on behalf of Loreta Navarro Castro, Center for peace education, Miriam College, Quezon City, Philippines

My November 2009 began in an upbeat mood. I attended two successive conferences in South Korea in the early part of the month.  The first conference focused on promoting interfaith understanding and the need to establish a Peace Education Center that can serve not only Korea but the Asian region as well.  The second conference considered various themes (restorative justice, evaluation, conflict resolution education and peace education) and several members of the GPPAC Peace Education Working Group served as resource persons.  (GPPAC stands for Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict).  The full week in Korea was a happy time for me because both the conferences and the Peace Education Working Group meeting at the end of that week yielded fruitful results.

My hopeful mood continued when I returned to the Philippines.  We conducted a Peace Education Training Workshop for Educators in South East Asia.  There were 26 participants from seven countries in the region, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Five ministries of education were represented and this augurs well for the future mainstreaming of peace education in the region.  However, as the said participants were arriving in the Philippines, a gruesome crime was being committed in the Maguindanao province in the Southern Philippines.  At least 57 civilians were massacred in the morning of November 23, an incident that is now etched in our nation’s memory as the most brutal politically motivated violence committed in the country.  The massacre truly shocked and saddened us. (I prepared the draft of a Statement which was adopted as the official Miriam College Statement. Please see it below)

As the end of November approached, one thing became clear.  The barbaric violence turned into a wake up call or a moment of awakening for the whole nation.  There are now countless voices of protest, asking for an end to political warlordism, private armies, and the proliferation or firearms, as well as for the respect of human rights and the rule of law.

I hope that this dark November day would not be in vain. May it yield the kind of light that we seek, so that such an event will not happen again!

Youth & Conflict – A Toolkit For Intervention

This informative manual is a document created to bring value to discussions and decisions about development and conflict. It is part of a series that explores how development assistance can address key risk factors associated with conflict and conflict resolution. The objective of the document is to inform about how to integrate best practices in conflict management and mitigation into more traditional development sectors such as agriculture, economic growth, democracy, education and health. This document is helpful because it depicts monitoring and evaluation tools that have been developed specifically for gauging the effectiveness of programs that incorporate both youth and conflict.

Max van der Stoel award 2009 goes to GPPAC organisation!

Dear colleagues,

I’m glad to share with you this delightful event. Our Integration and Development Center for Information and Research (IDC) in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine has been awarded the Max van der Stoel Award for 2009.
In 2001, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands established an award honouring the former OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Mr. Max van der Stoel. The prize is awarded to a person or institution in recognition of extraordinary and outstanding achievements aimed at improving the position of national minorities in the OSCE area. The ceremony will take place on 14th of October 2009 in the Hague.

Research from Australia

Readers may be interested to know that a number of [url=http://www.creducation.org/index.php/section/single_entry/australian_values_ed_reports/]new research reports on values education work in Australia[/url] have been described and linked over in the Researcher’s Blog.

UNESCO Prize for Peace Education

Perhaps it is time to start thinking about who should be nominated for the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education? While I think not enough people are aware of it, this prize is an important form of recognition of the critical need for Peace Education in modern society. The prize was first awarded in 1981. Here’s a brief excerpt from UNESCO’s Peace Education Prize page describing the qualities of an acceptable candidate:

Candidates, who shall not be subject to any discrimination whatsoever on the grounds of nationality, religion, race, gender or age, shall have made a significant contribution to alerting public opinion and mobilizing the consciences of humankind in the cause of peace. Candidates shall have distinguished themselves through outstanding action, carried out in accordance with the spirit of UNESCO and the United Nations Charter, extending over several years and confirmed by international public opinion, in the following fields:

– the mobilization of consciences in the cause of peace;
– the implementation, at international or regional level, of programmes of activity designed to strengthen peace education by enlisting the support of public opinion;
– the launching of important activities contributing to the strengthening of peace;
– educational action to promote human rights and international understanding;
– the alerting of public opinion to the problems of peace through the media and other effective channels;
– any other activity recognized as essential to constructing the defences of peace in people’s minds (Rule 3.1 of the General Rules).

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The nomination form will be available online as of October/November 2009. For more information, please contact: peace&security@unesco.org