Educational Resources

The Road to Peace: A Teaching Guide on Local and Global Transitional Justice

 

This teaching guide contains ten lesson plans on conflict resolution and restoration of justice in the aftermath of war.  The Road to Peace teaches about justice on a local and international scale, asking students to make connections between instances of justice and injustice in their own lives, and in situations where justice has been or is being threatened in other countries.  Click here to learn more or to download The Road to Peace.

Peace One Day Education

Peace One Day Education aims to advance active learning in the areas of conflict resolution, global citizenship, human rights and the link between sustainability and peace, using Peace Day 21st September as a focus. 

 

Our goal is to provide resource materials to every school in the world, inspiring a generation to become the driving force behind the vision of a united and sustainable world.

 

POD Education Resources have been created with special reference to the UK and USA education systems. The resources contain two brand new lesson plans on the Influence of Celebrity and Working with Corporations, making a total of 19 student-centred lesson plans. Also included are Peace Day Projects, Cross-curricular Links, and video footage from The Day After Peace as well as messages of support.

 

Go to www.education.peaceoneday.org for more information.

  • I will be Your Friend:  Songs and Activities for Young Peacemakers (pre-K – 5th grade)

  • Peace by Piece:  A K-5 Peace Education Curriculum developed by the Orange County Public Schools’ Student Assistance and Family Empowerment (SAFE) program.

  • The Peace One Day Citizenship Resource Pack from England.  DVD will not play on American machines.  Includes 14 lesson plans.  Grades 6-12.

  • Ending World Hunger: The First Steps.  An Educational Experience for Youth and Adults:  A project of Shalom Education: an ecumenical task force on Christian Education of World Peace

  • Living Lightly on the Planet:  A Global Environmental Education Guidebook for Grades 10-12:  Volume II

  • Cases for Teaching in the Secondary School:  Introduction to Case Study Teaching

  • Aquatic Project Wild

  • Project Wild (Project WILD is an interdisciplinary, supplementary environment and conservation education program for educators of kindergarten through high school age young people.

  • Project Learning Tree:  Environmental Education Activity Guide PreK-8

  • Together: A cooperative game about solving World Problems:  Ages 8-12 \

  • A Guidebook to Teaching US History – Earliest Times to Civil War

  • America’s Civil Rights Movement: Complete teaching packet in text and video from Teaching Tolerance – includes 104 page text that explores the events and people of the movement, a 38 minute film (winner of Academy Award for Documentary Short), and standards-based lesson plans for U.S. History, Civics and Language Arts.  Grades 6-12.

  • Mighty Times: A Children’s March from Teaching Tolerance – tells the story of how Rosa Parks inspired a community to unite in its opposition to segregation.  Recommended for grades 5 and up. Contains a 40 minute DVD with a classroom viewers guide and nine ready-made lesson plans.

  • The Shadow of Hate: A History of Intolerance in America from Teaching Tolerance.  Contains a 58 minute, Academy Award nominated film “Shadow of Hate”, a 128 page text and a teacher’s guide with step-by-step lesson plans.  Grades 9-12.

  • One Survivor Remembers:  A Teaching Kit for Grades 8-12.  Includes Academy Award winning 39 minute documentary film, primary documents, a 50 page teacher’s guide with standard-based lesson plans and a 40 page Resource Booklet with Holocaust timelines and research project ideas.

  • Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse: Peace and Nonviolence Social Studies Curriculum for Grade 12

  • Making the Peace: A 15 session violence prevention curriculum for young people:  Paul Kivel & Allan Creighton with The Oakland Men’s Project

  • Ten Ways to Fight Hate:  A Community Response Guide from Teaching Tolerance

  • Contributions of Black Americans, Indian Americans, Mexican Americans, and Asian Americans to American History – Teachers Resource Guide:  Grades K-12

  • Solutions to Violence edited by Colman McCarthy.  Grades 10-12.

Curriculum Materials

Class on Nonviolence
A 12 week class on Nonviolence based on the readings in Colman McCarthy's "Solutions to Violence".

This Day in History
A calendar of important dates in peace and justice history. 

Peace Heroes
Take this quiz and see how many peacemakers you can identify. 

​Conflict Resolution Education
This site has materials on pedagogy as well as lesson plans that may be searched by audience (grade level) and topics. You can browse for materials by clicking on “Teachers and Trainers” and then looking at the lists under “CRE Practices Descriptions” and “Learning Modules and Activities.” In order to conduct a search for materials by topic and grade level, click on “Resource Catalog” and then “Advanced Search.” You can get a good idea of what is available on the site by clicking “Browse” on the “Resource Catalog” page. It is not necessary to log in.

​Educators for Social Responsibility Online Teacher Center
Classroom lessons and activities may be selected by grade level or by theme.

The Hague Appeal for Peace: Learning to Abolish War
Click on “Learning to Abolish War, Book 2” to see lessons plans for elementary, middle, and secondary grades on roots of war, human rights, conflict resolution, and disarmament.

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management
This site includes lesson plans, suggestions for infusing conflict management skills into the classroom by subject areas, and other resources.

Teaching Tolerance Classroom Activities
This site has 250+ activities on conflict resolution, tolerance, and related topics that may be selected by grade level, academic subject, and topic.

United Nations Cyberschoolbus
The site has five units with lesson plans on tolerance, critical thinking, social justice, and global citizenship for children beginning with age 8.

 

Additional Materials for Elementary Grades and Middle School

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
The site includes links to sample class activities for social and emotional learning.

Heifer International Read to Feed Program
Free curriculum materials are available for teaching about the causes of hunger and poverty and depletion of the earth’s resources. Units on civics, science, geography, and economics are included.

​Making Peace Where I Live
This site provides a description of a class activity in which children meet and interview peacemakers and peacekeepers in their own communities.

Additional Materials for Middle School and High School​

Beyond Intractability
The site provides simulation exercises and a student resource center for investigating a full range of conflict topics.

Facing History
There are resources here for teaching about racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism. See the home page as well as “Lessons & Units” under “Online Campus.”

The Hague Appeal for Peace: Peace Lessons from Around the World
Click on “Peace Lessons from Around the World” for 16 lesson plans for high school students on the roots of war, human rights, conflict resolution, and disarmament.

Healing the Hate
This is a 218-page hate crime prevention curriculum for middle schools from The Office of Justice Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice. There are units on prejudice, conflict, racism, social change, etc. The pdf file may take several minutes to download. The table of contents is on page 8 of the pdf file. Add 8 to the page numbers shown in the table of contents to determine the pdf file page numbers.

Teaching Democracy
Click on “current issues” to see a list of topics with links for downloading free curriculum materials. With some computers it may be necessary to copy and paste the URLs for the curriculum materials from a downloaded Word document to your browser.

United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
The site includes teaching guides for high school students on nine topics as well as ten simulations for high school or college levels.

United States Institute of Peace (USIP) National Peace Essay Contest
This describes and provides all the necessary materials for students to enter the national essay contest. There are 53 scholarships awarded each year to the winners.

San Antonio Peace Center 
You can find a variety of peace quotes, a peace calendar, and a complete series of readings from Colman McCarthy's Alternatives to Violence series.

Institute for Peace and Justice 
​The Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) is an independent, interfaith, not-for-profit organization that creates resources, provides learning experiences, and advocates publicly for alternatives to violence and injustice at the individual, family, community, institutional and global levels.

Kids as Peacemakers
Kids as Peacemakers is a community based group of individuals and organizations dedicated to the reduction of violence and fostering development of child-friendly communities.  Programs they are involved in include:

  • Kids As Peacemakers Mural Program

  • Holiday Gift Flyer

  • Violent Toy Turn-Ins

  • Family Play Days

The Appalachian Peace and Justice Network has a list of Resources for Educators that may be helpful if you are looking for resources to use in the classroom.

Teach Peace Foundation.  You can access over 100 'Watch Now' educational films related to war and peace.  

Peace Talks Radio offers a collection of interviews and classes on how individuals and ultimately nations can become more peaceful.

Educators for Nonviolence.  Our mission is to make the teaching and living of nonviolence part of mainstream education.  http://www.efnv.org/efnv/en/index.jsp

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Resources

 

We have a local speakers bureau, a resource library and links to local organizations working for social change.

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PEACenter

The PEACenter is an anti-racist, grassroots, multi-issue organization working for peace, justice, and non-violent social change.

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