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Deepening my Understanding of Immigration Issues

posted Oct 15, 2011, 9:55 AM by Dan Thiede

The Peace Ed session on immigration caused me to recognize the need to move toward a process that pays attention to ways in which immigration/refugee issues are part of the history of the vast majority of US-born students, that views recently-arrived immigrants and refugees as full human beings whose lives are more than just their experience as immigrants and refugees, that highlights their gifts and dreams (and not just their needs and the challenges they have faced) and their capacity to actively participate in the process of addressing those needs and challenges (and thus invites US-born students--and adults--to see themselves as potential allies, rather than rescuers).

Peace Ed sessions have also impacted my work with educators.  It has deepened my understanding of the central role that the perspectives, experiences, and questions of participants can play in such gatherings (rather than relying primarily on "input" from myself or other presenters), and how to tap those qualities in the participants.

Kevin La Nave
Center For Service Learning, St. Cloud 

Peace Education Trainings Revitalize Me

posted Oct 15, 2011, 9:49 AM by Dan Thiede   [ updated Oct 15, 2011, 9:57 AM ]

Peace Education has allowed me to mature in a unique way. I was very affected by my job and pessimistic about my ability to impact my students.  The meetings, however, provided me with a renewed sense of possibilities. I find comfort in knowing I am not alone in my concern for the future of my students, the education system, our diverse culture, etc...

At the meetings we share stories of our successes and failures, we share ideas, strategies and resources, we learn about other people, programs, and issues of concern.  I think I have a lot to share with others, but I am always impressed by the insights with which I leave the meetings.

Peace education trainings are my favorite days of the school year. They revitalize me.

Susan Sindt, Secondary

Tapping into a Multitude of Resources

posted Oct 15, 2011, 9:46 AM by Dan Thiede

I work for SPPS as a team lead for a Federal IV setting of about 20+ students through-out the year. These students were unable to stay in a traditional school setting due to making dangerous choices. There is a staff of 6. We have frequently felt unsafe. However, I became engaged In Peace Education classes through World Citizen.

I've been able to tap into a multitude of resources; books, tapes, people, networking, and the experience of being engaged in the learning.  These resources have helped us teach students to make peaceful decisions.  We can't thank you enough for your support.

Carol Armstrong, Secondary

Inspiring Leadership

posted Oct 26, 2009, 8:08 AM by Sarah Adams   [ updated Oct 15, 2011, 9:57 AM by Dan Thiede ]

I started going to the peace education workshops (sponsored by World Citizen) three years ago. The workshops have inspired me to develop a leadership curriculum. The first year I developed eight activities that I presented to my students. Last year, we did 36 different activities together. Students kept a leadership notebook, which they would write a personal reflection about the activity. This year I am going to continue my leadership work, and have got some interest from my 6th grade team members. I am also going to start sending material to other six grade teachers in my district (Hopkins) and in St. Louis Park. The activities cover a variety of topics including developing personal strength, improving self-concept, conflict resolution, learning styles and leadership skills. I use a variety of media including books that I bought at the Peace Ed conferences, YouTube, music, DVDs, art, dance, guitar, drumming, and chants.

Has it made a difference in my student's lives? My classroom is still a violent place. I hear words and see actions that no one should see. But I am one clear voice in their lives that is pointing them in another direction. "You can be a leader. You can stand away from the crowd and make your own choices. You have personal power and can say "No", when a bully calls. Thank you, World Citizen for keeping the peace education program funded.

Lawrence Wade
6th Grade Teacher
Gatewood Elementary

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