The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the fully-funded 2022 Rotary Peace Fellowship. Up to 130 peace and development leaders are selected globally every year to earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of seven Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities around the world. Application deadline 15 May. Learn more.
Join GPPAC’s Peace Education Working Group and their special guest experts from around the world each week for the first of three, 6-week virtual/on-line course’s for educators in a series.
Apply now. Space is limited to 30! DeadlineSeptember 11th, 2020.
- Applications Due September 11, 2020
- Respond to applicants by September 17th, 2020
- September 18th – Let participants know who was selected and give access to the course
- Course Begins – Monday, Septembers 21, 2020
- Course Ends – Sunday, November 8, 2020
Description and Overview:
This 6 -week course is designed to provide education leaders, decision makers and their civil society partners with a brief overview of theories, sample state policies, materials, and methods for teaching the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for quality social emotional learning, conflict resolution and peace education through e-learning and web-based tools. The focus will be on the opportunities and challenges in using technology to teach these skills, theory and practice. Sample resources will be shared throughout the course. Topics covered include:
- Digital Literacy: Good Practices, Sample Content Standards and Curriculum
- Cyber-bullying: Good Practices, Sample Policies and Tools to Prevent and Address
- On-Line Games and Aps: Challenges and Opportunities. Try an On-line Nonviolence Game and Explore Apps for Teaching Knowledge and Skills in the Classroom
- Participatory Video: From the Classroom to the Community, Civic Engagement through Technology for Positive Change
For an overview of the schedule, guest speakers and facilitators for this course, click here.
At the recent annual Lake Erie Yearly Meeting of Quakers I (Bill Warters) presented a workshop entitled Doing Justice the Quaker Way: Lessons from Quaker Peacemakers that focused on examples of peacemaking work among Friends. The slides and peacemaker posters presented at the event are available online.
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:
(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!
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!
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!
Bill Warters – CREducation Webmaster
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).
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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
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:
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!
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.