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Making School a Place of Peace

In view of the high incidence of violence and intimidation in schools, this book is concerned with the need for students to learn conflict resolution, social problem- solving and peace-making skills. To strive for a peaceful community, the authors stress the need for children to learn socially acceptable behaviour, to challenge injustices and to establish personal and academic goals. Written for teachers at all levels, this book will serve as a useful resource for those wishing to address the growing problem of violence among young people.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9780803961937
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 1995
  • Page Count: 184
  • Publication date: October 17, 1995

Price: $34.95



Imagine a peaceable place of learning, where the total focus is on teaching and helping students learn. From superintendents to classroom teachers, this is what all education professionals want for their schools. Making School a Place of Peace gives you details on how to make nonviolence and peaceable behavior the norm in your school. The authors have included real-life examples and forms for assessing the culture and values of the school. They have included practical ways you can incorporate lessons about peace into the curriculum such as using examples from children's literature. Particularly useful are the resources for helping to promote peace as a way of life not just at school, but at home and in the community as well. Involvement of parents, teachers, and children is stressed as a key factor in bringing about these changes. The book contains such valuable resources as how to: * Get started on the road to a peaceable school * Work with your students' parents to make peace a plan for home * Confront the reality of teaching peace and use it as an element in your curriculum * Find help for your school in your community * Use children's literature in peace curricula * Expect peace as a way of life in your school Bey and Turner see peace not as the absence of conflict or violence, but as the practice of social harmony, cooperation, tolerance, and mutual respect. Written for practitioners at all levels as well as professors of education, this timely and thoughtful book can guide you in making school a place of peace.


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Gwendolyn Y. Turner

As an educator who has worked in numerous educational settings: classroom teacher, substitute teacher, reading specialist, adult educator, administrator, educational consultant, teacher educator, college professor, and researcher, I have learned to respect both the teaching and learning process. One can expect culturally, linguistically, and academically diverse students in any educational setting. My career as an educator started in a rural area and later with migrant populations, in which very few opportunities for economic advancement were available for families. These families taught me the importance of resiliency and the timeliness of quality, relevant educational experiences that allowed students to acquire tools such as problem-solving, reasoning, and critical thinking. Tools that could be used in both academic and general life settings. We did not have time to waste on meaningless or irrelevant learning activities because a quality educational experience would be a ticket to greater life opportunities. When I started working with educators and visiting classrooms in Bolivia and Brazil, I realized that quality education does not just prepare students to complete school assignments but prepares them for all of their life experiences as adults, parents, employees, and citizens. In America, we take education for granted, but my experiences in schools and classrooms in South Africa and Thailand reinforced my belief that education changes lives. We serve students best when we honor their voices, acknowledge their identities, and value their life experiences. Students who receive a quality education have many more life opportunities than those who receive an inferior education. Too often we provide the best educational resources, activities, and experiences for those students who are already advantaged. Equity is a lens that educators can use to ensure all students reach their full potential. I believe in respecting the teaching and learning process. I believe that a quality education improves the quality of one’s life. Lastly, I believe that as an educator, I can help students improve their life trajectory.
As I worked in suburban and urban educational settings, I realized that students enter a classroom expecting to learn, to be engaged, and to have their opinions matter and their voices heard. My beliefs, practices, and actions can profoundly impact the learning success of students regardless of their academic abilities, cultural background, or linguistic ability. We are not helping students complete assignments for class; we are assisting students in the tools they need for success in their lives. This is why I have embraced educational equity throughout my career. I believe that educational equity provides opportunities for all students to soar academically.
Our work as educators is to help students acquire the tools they need for both careers and life. Therefore, it is imperative that we provide instruction that meets students’ academic and social needs. Respecting the rights of students to experience rich, meaningful learning experiences has been the cornerstone of my work as an educator. This is a lesson that I have embraced in my work in this country and as a visiting instructor in Bolivia, Brazil, Thailand, and South Africa. I believe that students want to learn and experience success while learning. All students deserve intellectually challenging, relevant, and engaging learning activities in a supportive environment. Education is still the key that unlocks opportunities for students now and in their futures.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Moving toward a Peaceable School

Creating a Peaceable Environment

Encouraging Peaceful Communication

Planning for Peace across the Curriculum

Changing Instruction

The Hard Realities

Working with Parents

Building Family-School-Community Partnerships

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