April 2009
Issue 9
Peace Signs
monthly e-newsletter from Peaceful Schools International
In This Issue
Free Resource
Assessment Tools
Peace in 16 Languages
Art of Peace Summer Camp
Taking Stock
Recommended Website
"We Choose Peace" Symposium
Join Our Mailing List
Canada Helps
Donate to PSI

PSI celebrates peaceful schools around the world.

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Free Teaching Resource
Colman McCarthy, founder of the Center for Teaching Peace in Washington, D.C., has been teaching courses on non-violence since 1982. He believes that "if we don't teach our children peace, someone else will teach them violence."
The Class of Nonviolence is an eight session curriculum developed by McCarthy. It uses classics in peace and justice literature to teach peacemaking. The entire eight-session/48 essay class (206 pages) can be downloaded as a PDF file for free.
Social Responsibility Assessment Tools from British Columbia
Lack of assessment tools is no longer an excuse for opting out of teaching peace education. This BC framework provides common language for discussions about the social responsibility of an individual student or group of students and to improve the social climate of their schools. Guides for Kindergarten to Grade 10 are available on this website.
Peace in 16 Languages
Peace_picPSI member, St. Andrew's Elementary School in St. John's, NL,is blessed with students speaking 16 languages representing 22 countries. This display of PEACE in 16 languages greets people as they enter the school.  Thanks to Rick B. Whitten, Student Assistant.
Art of Peace Summer Camp
This summer, PSI is hosting the Art of Peace Summer Camp for 8 - 13 year-olds from July 13 - 17 at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, NS. Registration is now available on the PSI website. 

April Idea: Taking Stock
April brings renewal and signs of spring. It  is a time for spring cleaning at home and taking stock at school.
Check out this idea for your school.
"We Do Listen" - Recommended Website
The We Do Listen Foundation aims to enable young children to enjoy inner peace and communicate in a more effective way. On this highly appealing website, you will find free animated books and games, lesson plans and posters.
We Do Listen website

Lester B. Pearson School Board's
"We Choose Peace"  Symposium  

On May 15th, educators from PSI member schools in the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) will come together to share ideas and celebrate their efforts to create a system-wide network of peaceful schools. Anyone is welcome to register for this event.  Details here.
Check the LBPSB website for registration details.

The LBPSB has been one of PSI's most committed supporters. On May 14th, the PSI flag will be raised from the LBPSB office to celebrate the fact that most of the schools in this board are now PSI members.  
Peaceful Schools International (PSI) is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides support to schools that have declared a commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of peace.
PSI was founded in 2001 and is now a respected and innovative source of support for over 300 schools in 13 countries.
PSI acts as a catalyst and clearinghouse for innovative ideas aimed at creating a school-wide culture of peace.
We welcome your contributions for future editions of Peace Signs.
Hetty van Gurp, President

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