Book reviews, resources and musings on peace education. A blog for teachers, child care providers and parents interested in developing a more peaceful world.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
FW: Women's Leadership Action Day at the State House
DAY AT THE STATE HOUSE
Join the Women's Leadership Action Coalition
Wednesday, May 13, 2009,
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Hall of Flags Maine State House, Augusta
+ Connect with other women from around the state. + Learn how the legislative session will affect women. + Develop your advocacy skills. + Use your voice to influence the political process.
AGENDA for the Day =================
8:30 - 9:00 Registration, Coffee, Advocacy Displays Registration is in the Hall of Flags, located on the 2nd Floor of the State House. Get some coffee and a muffin, view the organizational displays, connect with other women.
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome by Legislative Women Leaders, Overview of the Day-Welcome Center, 1st Floor of the State House
9:15 - 10:15 Current Legislative and Budget Issues Overview of current Women's Economic Security Agenda issues before the Legislature and the impact of proposed budget cuts on women and families
10:15 -11:30 How You Can Influence Policy Decisions Hands-on training on how you can use your voice to influence the political process and public opinion
1) Introduction to Advocacy/Citizen Lobbying-Welcome Center 2) Mock Public Hearing-Room 105, Cross Office Building lower level 3) Tour State House-meet in Hall of Flags
11:30 - Noon Wrap Up of Morning and Next Steps-Developing Your Advocacy Plan and Steps
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch-Bring your own Brown Bag or eat in the State House Cafeteria (Arrange ahead of time to meet with your Legislator)
1:00 - 2:00 Optional Action Activities · Attend a public hearing or work session · Connect with/shadow your Legislator · Tour the State House/Participate in Scavenger Hunt
Complete Evaluation Form
Maine Equal Justice is a member of the Women's Leadership Action Coalition.
For more information, contact: Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community at 1-800-442-2092. To register,e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org OR register online at www.womenworkandcommunity.org.
Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools For Empowering Young Children, by Louise Derman-Sparks (1989), Washington, DC: NAEYC - includes both philosophical and theoretical overview and specific activities to use in a preschool setting.
Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice (new edition in 2007) - a fabulous source book, although appropriate for the oldest children. includes both philosophical and theoretical overview and specific activities to use for adults and older children
That's Not Fair : A Teacher's Guide to Activsim with Young Children (2000) by Ann Pelo and Fran Davidson. Redleaf Press.
Writing for a Change : Boosting Literacy and Learning Through Social Action. This book is a collaboration between the National Writing Project (USA) and the Centre for Social Action (UK). The first half of the book describes a variety of experiences engaging in social action in the classroom. The second half provides specific models and activities to use. The book emphasizes creative and critical problem solving skills.
Heart Politics by Fran Peavey
What is Peace Education?
There are many dimensions to peaceful parenting, educating and living. Ghandi's famous words "Be the Change you Seek in the World" implore us to balance our work for a peaceful world with efforts toward finding inner peace. Yoga, meditation, writing love letters (instead of hate mail), sitting in silence, looking for the best in others -- these are peaceful practices that occur in our everyday lives and promote a peaceful existance. These are important practices - and easy ones for me to overlook. Yet they are not the only pieces. We also need collective action, creative problem solving and smart conflict resolution.
There seem to be 5 basic elements to peace education with young children:
1) Teaching children to calm themselves and develop a sense of inner peace, including teaching kids how to "cool off" when they are angry.
2) Teaching children a more expansive vocabulary around emotions and group process. There are many resources to promote social and emotional intelligence, and this learning helps kids develop empathy and to care about community.
3) Teaching children about social justice and diversity -- promoting anti-bias education and providing kids with information about "isms" (both historical and current) and tactics for challenging and resisting the status quo.
4) Providing children/community members with clear strategies for solving conflicts that allow all community members to maintain thier integrity and inclusion in the group. These strategies are non-violent and focus on win-win solutions. Confict is understood as normal, healthy and providing opportunities for growth and learning.
5) Education about peacemakers, peace movements and the possibilities of non-violence in social change. This moves the arena out of "skill building" and into content -- learning about the world of peace and peacemaking in a historical and global context.