FRIENDSSCHOOLOFPORTLANDTO HOST PARENTING FOR PEACE EVENT "DETOX YOUR TOY BOX"
The School has assembled a panel of experts to discuss hopeful and concrete actions for maintaining the health of families and stewardship for the Earth
Portland,MaineSeptember 22, 2009 –Friends School of Portland(FSP), an independent Quaker day school for grades preschool-8, today announces its fall, 2009Parentingfor Peace event, "DetoxYour Toy Box."
This event will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2009, from 7-8:30 PM at theUniversityofSouthern Maine, Hannaford Hall, in theAbromsonCommunityEducationCenterin partnership with theMainechapter ofPhysician's for Social Responsibility.
Taking a proactive approach, "DetoxYour Toy Box" will explore current research linking environmental toxins to children's health. We will learn about the most urgent problems we face and opportunities for personal and collective action.The panel will also share strategies for engaging children in making healthy choices for themselves and their planet. This event is free and open to the public.
Experts from diverse, yet connected fields come together as a panel and include:
·NicoleBorrasso, Teacher and Seasoned Outdoor Educator,FSP—will help us consider the best way to engage children in caring for the environment and their own bodies without scaring them (or the parents!).
The panel will be moderated by local pediatrician, parent and FSP Board member, Jeff Peterson.A question and answer period will follow the panel presentation. Resource tables will be available in the lobby.
FSP is pleased and proud to offer Parenting for Peace as a community service to the Greater Portland community.
TheFriends School of Portlandchallenges and empowers students to develop their intellectual, physical, emotional, creative and spiritual potential. We honor our students' natural gifts as they learn to enter the world with confidence, competence, joy and a sense of purpose. We are guided by the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, stewardship, and truth.
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.