The Maine Women's Policy Center's annual Breakfast of Champions series is the best way to learn what's on the horizon for Maine women and to engage in discussion about the public policies which will improve our lives. Register today for one of the following events:
October 6, Northern Maine Community College, Presque Isle
October 7, Spectacular Event Center, Bangor
October 8, Holiday Inn By the Bay, Portland
The Presque Isle Breakfast is a free event, but registration is still required. Tickets for Bangor or Portland are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. We're committed to making these events accessible to everyone. Contact us for student prices and further discounted tickets by need. Each event runs from 7:30-9:00 a.m., and we promise to get you out and ready to head to work at 9 a.m.!
The deadline for purchasing tickets is Wednesday, September 30. Contact Bonnie at 207.622.0851, ext. 22, to reserve your seat today.
Headlining the Portland event is Beth Shulman, a nationally renowned policy and media expert on the American workplace and the policy changes and practices needed to create a country with more broadly shared prosperity.
Keynoting all three events is Lisa Maatz, Director of Public Policy and Governmental Relationsat AAUW in Washington, D.C., where she works on federal policy initiatives that bolster economic opportunity for women.
The Maine Women's Policy Center will honor the Portland grand format printing company Portland Color with the 2009 ACTION AWARD. The award recognizes an individual policy or set of employment practices that serve to advance women in the workplace and which demonstrates a commitment to women workers.
Thanks to our Lead Sponsors
Charlotte Associate Director Maine Women's Policy Center
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.