CREATING A PEACEFUL SCHOOL 2012
The first Creating a Peaceful Schools conference was held February 4,
2012 at Acalanes High School in Lafayette. It was an innovative and inspiring
Participants learned to create peace in their world, in the lives of their students, in the classroom, the school and the community. The teachers in attendance were able to earn CEU credits through St. Mary’s College. Some included Cal State East Bay counseling students in training who said it was ‘the best conference they had been to in their training career.’
The teachers were uniformly enthusiastic in their praise for the program. A comment frequently made was ,”Make longer sessions or a two-day conference: Not enough time to go to all the workshops.”
Rep. George Miller (D-CA 7) started the day with a welcoming address to educators about the importance of their work. Professor Ian Harris gave the keynote address and the theme was "Peace in the Classroom."
Workshops and classes covered a variety of topics including:
- The Brain Science of Fear and Anger
- Teaching Gandhian Nonviolence Curriculum
- High School Peace and Conflict Studies curriculum
- Journaling for Peace and Human Rights
- Worldview Literacy
- Peer Mediation/Conflict Resolution
- Creating Watercolor Imagery around words of Peace
- Yoga for teacher relaxation
- HeartMath for Resilient Educators and Youth
For a complete listing of information on the presenters, please go to MORE, RESOURCES, CONFERENCE PRESENTERS on this website.
Many thanks to the Bernard E. and Alba Witkin Charitable Foundation, Berkeley California, for helping to fund this program.