Resistance School

Aa group of progressive graduate students at Harvard came together in response to the election of Donald Trump, with a desire to help transform our country to better reflect their shared values. They came up with Resistance School: a free, online, four-week practical training program that will sharpen the tools needed to fight back at the federal, state, and local levels.

Curriculum resource kit: education for safety, resilience and social cohesion

This curriculum resource kit, developed by the International Institute for Educational Planning, provides practical tools, strategies and guidance on addressing safety, resilience and social cohesion in curriculum design, review and implementation, including for curriculum, textbooks, and teacher trainers.

8 Empowering Middle Grade Novels for Kids Interested in Social Justice

For generations, young people all over the world have taken an interest in social justice and found the courage to fight for their own rights and the rights of others. Here are eight inspiring middle grade books that prove you’re never too young to stand up for what you believe in and make a difference.

Search for Common Ground: Peacebuilders Guide to Transforming Violent Extremism

This guide is the fruit of collaboration by Search for Common Ground colleagues past and present from around the world. This guide captures insights from years of experience and offers guiding principles for peacebuilders and on-the-ground practitioners as they navigate this important yet high-risk area of work around violent extremism.

Peace-building Stories – connecting children and young people to peace-building ideas

Peace-building stories are stories that build hope and peace in hearts and minds and are meant to be shared especially with children. The story themes reflect upon the inherent structural inequalities and rather than perpetuating cynicism, fear or despair they purposefully re-focus attention upon building hope and introduce nonviolent, peaceful processes by offering a simple means for the creation of imaginative, nonviolent, collective solutions. One story, Donald the Drake, has been written in response to the uncertainty about the future of democratic processes within the United States and the consequential impact upon world peace. It focusses attention upon exploring how citizens can bring out the best in their elected leaders in peaceful, nonviolent ways instead of allowing fear to dictate thinking and action.

Diversity Book Club – Exploring “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People”

Peace educator Susan Gelber Cannon hosts a virtual Diversity Book Club on her blog where she summarizes books and provides classroom applications and resources for teachers interested in building welcoming and inclusive environments in their classrooms and schools. This particular session explores Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, a book of particular relevance to the Global Campaign for Peace Education and International Institute on Peace Education’s call for campus teach-ins on identity-based violence.

Resistance 101: A Lesson for Inauguration Day Teach-Ins and Beyond

Since the election, student protests across the country against bigotry and injustice have been inspiring. Now students need the opportunity to learn the history of people’s movements in order to deepen their protests into organizing that can win real change. To help introduce a history of resistance to injustice, Teaching for Change has created Resistance 101, a lesson for middle and high school classes to use for Inauguration Day Teach-Ins and beyond to #TeachResistance.

Cartoon by Mike Luckovich, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Trump Syllabus K12: Lesson Plans for Teaching During this New Age of Resistance (#TrumpSyllabusK12)

#TrumpSyllabusK12 is a compilation of lesson plans written by and for K-12th grade teachers (and college educators) for teaching about the 2016 presidential campaign; about resistance and revolution; about white privilege and white supremacy; about state-sanctioned violence and sanctuary classrooms; about fake news and Facebook; and, about freedom and justice. It is designed to transform our classrooms into liberated nonsexist nonmisogynistic anti-racist anti-classist spaces without any boundaries or borders. It is meant to liberate and free our students by providing them with lesson plans to challenge them to become global critical thinkers.

Unarmed Civilian Protection: A Learning Unit on Disarmament Education for Global Citizenship #1

With this posting the Global Campaign for Peace Education begins a series on “Disarmament Education for Global Citizenship.” Each posting will address a concept, transition strategy, nonviolent global institution or civil society initiative that could be a practical component of a disarmed world.

We start with this video on Unarmed Civilian Protection, a civil society initiative undertaken by the Nonviolent Peace Force in various conflict areas of the world, similar to actions undertaken by various non-governmental organizations. We view it as a possible component of a preferred future global security system that actually functions now in the present highly armed, excessively violent security system.

Campus Election Engagement Project

Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) is a national nonpartisan project that helps America’s colleges and universities motivate their 20 million students to register, volunteer in campaigns, educate themselves, and turn out at the polls. They focus on how administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders can help engage students, and they’re now engaging schools for the 2016 elections.