curriculum

 

We made Teaching Peace Initiative’s grant-winning peace curriculum available for free download and use because we want schools, places of worship, and community organizations to be able to use it as a tool to educate children about peace. We’ve used the curriculum in our communities to help children learn about citizenship and tolerance—and we’d be honored for you to use it in yours.

TPI's curriculum is divided into four 45-minute sessions, and has been developed for and tested with children in the 4th through 6th grades. It has been field-tested and refined based on conversations and review with educators and the results of pre- and post-testing administered during the curriculum's pilot runs. 

When designing TPI's curriculum, we reflected on our own experiences as young students. Too often, we were presented with anti-bullying curriculum that was simplistic, boring, and childish. The lessons barely scratched the surface and felt almost condescending. We knew that the only way students were going to buy into anti-bullying curricula was if it intrigued, challenged, and engaged them.

To that end, we worked to craft lessons that were age-appropriate, but challenged students to think about complex concepts such as peace and tolerance, so that they were not just listening passively, but learning actively. We sought to increase our curriculum's relevance to the students by including discussions about current affairs. The results were incredible--just as we'd hoped. The students  were able to feel ownership and mastery of complex, adult concepts, and thus were interested to learn more and become peacemakers themselves. The current events, meanwhile, gave them more perspective on just how much these issues really mattered.

The curriculum was developed to ensure that students were engaged through active learning, and, to that end, each session culminates with a collaborative activity that reinforces and builds on the skills learned during the session. We believe it is imperative that students not only learn the concepts behind peace, but how to apply these concepts and how to take steps towards active change. 

  • Our curriculum focuses on the essential question, “What is peace?”, presenting an accessible definition to the complex concept, exploring the values behind it, and recognizing the importance of celebrating and caring for humanity. Students learn about our differences and the importance of being accepting. By engaging the students in a conversation and challenging them to think critically about these complex concepts, students internalize the values and gain strategies for practicing them on a personal level.
  • Our curriculum focuses on peace-making and problem-solving. Students learn what it takes to be a peacemaker, what it means to have a peaceful attitude, and the three necessary elements of problem-solving—truth, compassion, and observation. Students are energized by the idea of becoming a peacemaker, and are able to put the skills they have learned into action in a roleplay activity at the end of the session. 
  • Our curriculum examines conflict on multiple levels, and allows the students to relate the lessons of TPI to problems with which they can identify. Students explore the different factors that play into conflict and the different theatres (personal, local, national, international, etc) in which it plays out. Presenting students with examples of real-world conflict and helping relate it back to the lessons about peace, tolerance, and bullying that were previously taught helps them learn the meaning and gravity of their actions.

 

(By downloading this curriculum, you agree that it is the sole property of the Teaching Peace Initiative and must not be marketed or sold for profit by any individual or organization.)

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