Peace by PEACE Foundations
Week 1 / Unit 1
Key Peace by PEACE concepts and vocabulary are introduced, including conflict, choice and consequence. Students are introduced to win-win situations through Peace Games and our volunteers establish weekly rituals, such as the Peace Box where students can ask questions anonymously.
Week 2 / Unit 2
Conflict is discussed further by using a visual model to present conflict escalation. Volunteers present the class with anger management advice and have the students brainstorm and share ways to “cool off”.
Communication & Good Listening Skills
Week 3 / Unit 3
Students are taught the difference between sympathy and empathy, a key concept in conflict resolution management, and how non-verbal cues can help them communicate with their classmates. They practice good listening skills, and are taught how to use "I-Statements", a method to manage conflict by confronting peers with an effective expression of feelings.
Appreciating Similarities & Differences
Week 4 / Unit 4
Stereotypes and cultural differences are discussed and reinforced with a classroom-wide role-play activity unique to Peace by PEACE. To end the lesson, "The Butter Battle Book" by Dr. Seuss is read to the students as a parable that leads the discussion on celebrating personal differences and bridging cultural gaps in the community.
All About Inner Power
Week 5 / Unit 5
Inner Power is the term Peace by PEACE uses to mean self-esteem. The concept of “self-talk” is introduced, and the students are encouraged to use positive thinking to empower both themselves and their classmates.
Skills for Resolving Conflicts
Week 6 / Unit 6
Students are encouraged and taught how to utilize negotiation as a tool for peaceful conflict resolutions. They practice this skill through games and activities that promote collaboration, compromise and seeking out win-win solutions.
Dealing with Types of Bullying
Week 7 / Unit 7
Volunteers openly discuss the topic of social bullying with students. By sharing a tool box of approaches to bullying situations and recognizing the forms that bullying can take, students are empowered to deal with bullying at school.
Bullying and Media
Week 8 / Unit 8
Through discussion-based activities, the students deepen their understanding of bullying, and particularly cyber-bullying, and how they can effectively respond to it. Volunteers discuss media with a focus on cyberspace to empower students with skills that can help them use social media in a safer and healthier way.
Community Building in the Classroom
Week 9 / Unit 9
Students are encouraged to think of the broader effects of creating a community of respect and empathy. They are challenged to bridge the connection between a peaceful classroom community and a peaceful world.
Strengthening our Community
Week 10 / Unit 10
The students continue to reflect on how to strengthen the communities to which they belong, particularly their classroom community. The volunteers lead activities to help the students see this strengthening in action.
To draw closure to our conflict resolution program, a classroom Peace Festival is organized annually for the students to celebrate their successes. It is a chance to reflect on what they learned and a reminder that Peace by PEACE is ultimately here to empower.