2008  

STEP UP PEACE!

on April 5, 2008

BRING THE TEACHING PEACE

CONFERENCE  

to your community

Click here to read our letter to Teaching Peace participants


STEPS TO HOSTING A TEACHING PEACE CONFERENCE STUDY CIRCLE CONVERSATION

1.  Review the mission of TPC:

  • To share and to learn with each other how we teach and make peace   in our formal and informal environments
  • To create new strategies for teaching and making peace at home, in school, in the workplace and in the world
  • To encourage peace research, education and action amongst educators, community members and young people towards building a positive culture of peace in our world.

2.   Keep these principles in mind and focus your Step-it Up activity to further develop the TPC Mission in your local Peace Study Circle Conversation.  Select suggested links for materials and ideas.      

       

  • Yes! Magazine produces a monthly electronic newsletter for teachers.  The December, 2007 issue of Yes! Education Connection News is devoted to Teaching Peace. http://www.thepeacecompany.com/peacelibrary/pdf/questforpeace.pdf.  This link provides many fascinating articles with links your group could read, discuss and apply to your action steps in your home/family/workplace/or community.
  • Leverage change at local, state or national level by researching a current issue and brainstorming possible actions the group can take.  For example, in the state of New Hampshire, the legislature is considering a bill to require the retirement system to divest itself of all investment in Sudan.  There may be other issues surrounding climate change and building sustainable communities, such as Carbon Challenge initiatives, The Natural Step Study Circle, No Child Left Inside, etc. 
  • Select a film (DVD, YouTube, theater) that your group could view, discuss and design action steps for that issue. For example, Beyond Borders produced a 20 minute DVD titled, "Circles of Change: A Quiet Revolution in Haiti" about four years ago, available at: http://www.beyondborders.net/je-assoc/CirclesofChange.htm.  More recently is their “Seeds of Change,” which is more promotional and provides an overview on all of Beyond Borders work. There's an abridged version (10 minutes) of Seeds of Change on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5futZAcazw0.    An award winning film we highly recommend is: Encounter Point, a true story about every day, ordinary women and men who are “driven to work for an end to bloodshed and occupation in favor of peace." You can download the screening guides at http://www.encounterpoint.com/dvd/index.php

 

On our website, we will post the results of your Teaching Peace Study Circle Conversation!  We invite you to send pictures, a written summary of your conversation and action steps. Include reflective writing, art work, mind mapping exercises. 

Let’s get the conversation going and Step Up Peace!

Organize your

Teaching Peace Conference Study Circle in your home, 

school, 

community center 

 SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 2008


We will also continue to provide you with exhibit opportunities by linking to your individual, group and/or organizations website.


www.teachingpeaceconference.org