The Teaching Peace Conferences are educational events aimed to bring together the peace-building community from all sectors of society for the following goals:
1. To share and to learn with each other how we teach and make peace in our formal and informal environments
2. To create new strategies for teaching and making peace at home, in school, in the workplace and in the world
3. To encourage peace research, education and action amongst educators, community members and young people towards building a positive culture of peace in our world.
The Roots of The Teaching Peace Conference
Two secondary teachers from Oyster River High School in Durham, New Hampshire, Kay Morgan and Melinda Salazar, who had been teaching peace education for decades in their K - 12 classrooms, were motivated by the by the events of 9/11 to serve the broader community by opening a safe space wherein educators could revisit curriculum and instructional methods that promote peace education. Drawing from a wealth of resources in the academic and activist communities, including innovative technologies in best practices that stimulate inspired dialogue, such as Open Space Technology and World Cafe, the Teaching Peace Conferences provide a forum to address complex global concerns, to emphasize the necessary conditions for building "positive peace," and to acknowledge the potential for gatherings to renew conviction and quicken collective action.
"We believe peace education extends beyond the absence of violence and war to include social justice, poverty alleviation and ecological sustainability. Peace education recognizes the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family.”
Melinda and Kay dreamed of bringing members of the peace community together with educators, parents and students to share various approaches to teaching and making peace in families, schools, and communities. The first Teaching Peace Conference was held in April, 2005 in Durham, New Hampshire at the Oyster River High School. Read more at http://www.seacoastonline.com/2005news//04052005/news/35128.htm
CLICK HERE OR GO TO 2008 LINK FOR HOW TO STEP-UP PEACE!!!
GOVERNOR JOHN LYNCH PROCLAIMS APRIL 15, 2005 "Teaching Peace Week!"
CONGRESSMAN DENNIS KUCINICH ATTENDS THE APRIL 14, 2007 CONFERENCE
The 2005 - 2008 Teaching Peace Conferences were co-sponsored by the Race Unity/Diversity Club and was financially self-sustaining from conference registration fees and fundraising initiatives. Presenters have donated their time. Donors included: The Bagelry, Breaking New Grounds, Brooks Drug Store, Oyster River PTO, Durham Marketplace, Durham Copy, Red Fish Blue Fish Dye Works, Green Mountain Coffee, Wentworth Greenhouse, ORHS Art Department, Yes! Magazine, Rethinking Schools, Bread and Puppet, World Education, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, and Randy Armstrong. We thank all those who have helped to make this conference possible.
If there is to be peace in the world,
there must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
there must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
there must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
there must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
there must be peace in the heart. -- Lao Tzu