Peace Signs
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Issue 12, Summer 2009
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Addressing Aggression in School - Workshop

Who are you calling aggressive? WorkbookThis fall, PSI is running a workshop to help you address aggression in school. Dealing with students who exhibit aggressive behavior is always challenging. In this workshop, we will explore the roots of student aggression, learn a variety of strategies to increase the self-understanding and self-control of students using aggressive behaviors, discuss ways of empowering student leaders to address aggression and mistreatment that occurs outside the areas of adult supervision, and more!

9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Friday, Oct. 23, 2009
Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Cost: $55

More information and online registration.

Free Teaching Resource on Global Issues and Global Citizenship

Check out this free teaching resource, developed by the Aga Khan Foundation Canada and Classroom Connections designed to help students explore global issues and international development, including global citizenship. Lesson One is already available, and the full four-lesson package will be available in the early fall. These resources are curriculum linked teacher's resource packages based on the ideas found in the exhibit Bridges that Unite. The exhibit is travelling to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax this year - check the website for details or to arrange a visit to the exhibit for your school.
Keeping Our Children Safe: The "Whole Village" Approach

This fall, Peaceful Schools International will launch the Keeping Our Children Safe: The "Whole Village" Approach. This program is a dual track initiative to help keep our children safe at school. It will offer families practical strategies to share with their children focused on alternatives to the typical fight, freeze or flee response to mistreatment by peers; and offer families strategies for working in collaboration with their child's school to deal with the insidious problem of bullying.

'Sam' Book SeriesThe Keeping Our Children Safe program is based around the 'Sam' Series of books developed by PSI, written to give parents and teachers tools for helping their children and students with issues related to conflict, bullying and speaking up for themselves.

The program will take place via a series of presentations across Nova Scotia this fall. Stay tuned for more information!

Pictures from The Art of Peace Summer Camp 2009

A few pictures from The Art of Peace Summer camp organized by PSI in July of this year are now up on our PSI Facebook page (view the album). If you missed this year's camp, stay tuned to the newsletter for announcements about future camps, and don't forget to register early!
PSI Yearbook - Your Submissions Wanted!!

This summer we are preparing a 2008 - 2009 yearbook to highlight the many wonderful initiatives that are taking place in our member schools. If every member school submits one photo or description of an initiative or event we would have over 300 great ideas to share!

PLEASE send your photos, descriptions and ideas to:

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 14 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.

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