Beginning with the Children - Peace Helpers Program Guide
The Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility has released a free guidebook for creating Peace Helpers programs in K-2 settings.
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
MORNINGSIDE CENTER for Teaching Social Responsibility educates young people for hopeful and intelligent engagement with their world. A national leader in fostering social and emotional learning (SEL), Morningside Center reaches tens of thousands of educators and students each year through an array of programs that develop such skills as handling anger, being assertive, solving conflicts creatively and nonviolently, and dealing well with diversity. The Centers helps teachers make their classrooms more caring and productive. They support students in taking leadership to improve their communities—from the classroom to the world.
In 1999, Morningside Center created The 4Rs Program (Reading, Writing, Respect & Resolution), which integrates conflict resolution and intercultural understanding into the language arts curriculum for grades K-5. Each grade, K-5, has its own 4Rs guide, covering seven key themes: community, feelings, listening, assertiveness, problem-solving, diversity, and making a difference. After reading and analyzing a carefully chosen children’s book, children learn conflict resolution skills related to the theme and apply the ideas and skills they’re learning to the challenges of creating community in their classroom. In 2003, they initiated a a major federally funded evaluation of The 4Rs in collaboration with researchers from New York University and Fordham University. Preliminary findings from this 3-year controlled study are quite positive.
Beginning with the Children: A Guide to Creating a PEACE HELPERS PROGRAM
This 73-page guide describes a field-tested, step-by-step process schools can use to train and support young students (Grade K-2) in serving as “peace helpers” in their classrooms. Peace Helpers take part in workshops to develop their skills in listening, handling feelings, mediating conflicts, and leadership. Then they and their teacher establish a classroom peace corner, where students can go if they are upset or having a conflict. Peace Helpers are available to talk with their classmates in the Peace Corner or help fellow students talk out a conflict. (See Edutopia’s video about our Peace Helpers Program at PS 24 .) You can download a pdf version of the Peace Helper guide (note large file size - 8 MB pdf). Or, to order bound copies, please email Morningside Center’s Leslie Dennis at email@example.com.
Beginning with the Children was produced with support from the JAMS Foundation.
Teacher Resources Website - TeachableMoment
Morningside Center launched its website of teacher resources, TeachableMoment.Org, in 2003. Through TeachableMoment, we provide teachers with up-to-the-minute inquiry-oriented lessons on issues of the day. We also offer activities aimed at fostering students’ social and emotional development.
2007 Interview with Morningside Executive Director Tom Roderick
This interview provides a closer look at work being done and explains some of the distinctions between different types of CRE interventions.