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Core Skills for Teaching Peace, Conflict Resolution Education and Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom

Join GPPAC’s Peace Education Working Group and their special guest experts from around the world each week for the second of three, 6-week virtual/on-line course’s for educators in a series.

Apply now. Space is limited to 25! Deadline: November 5, 2020

Register here!

Free for applicants selected in priority status as noted below.


  • Applications Due Thursday, November 5th, 2020
  • Respond to applicants by November 6, 2020
  • Course Begins/Access to the course – November 9, 2020
  • Course Ends – Friday, December 18, 2020

Description and Overview:

This 6 -week course is designed to provide a brief overview of the core skills we teach in the field of conflict resolution education and social emotional learning, and good practices for teaching those skills.  Each week participants will have an opportunity to practice some of the core skills and then implement a lesson plan that week with students in their classrooms and/or in their youth setting.  The audience for this course is individuals working in primary or secondary schools, from ages 5 to 17 or those working with youth in these age groups in community settings.

We know through the best practice research that as educators, we need to be able to model these skills ourselves for students to learn the same skills well! The focus will be on learning and teaching the core skills, including understanding conflict, how emotions influence conflict, effective communication skills and problem solving!  A complete set of 25 lessons for teaching these skills in your classrooms will be provided for those who complete the course with a “C” grade or better, in addition to a certificate of completion from the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict. 

The format for each week includes:

  • Readings and/or videos
  • Guest presenters from the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict’s Working Group representing Northeast Asian Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI), S. Korea (Confirmed); West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), Ghana; Women for Development, NGO, Armenia; Nansen Dialogue Network, Serbia, and Miriam College, Philippines(Confirmed)!  Click here to read bios of presenters and facilitators.
  • Skills Practice
  • Development or adaption of a lesson plan and implementation of that plan each week
  • Final Project – Develop an on-line module to teach one of the core skills to youth!

Sample resources will be shared throughout the course.  Topics covered include:

  •  Best Practices for Curriculum Integration and Stand-Alone Courses
  • Understanding Conflict Skills
  • Understanding How Emotions Influence Conflict
  •  Effective Communication Skills
  •  Problem Solving   
  • Developing an On-Line Skill Building Module for Students/Youth

Each week, students will have an opportunity to engage with experts from around the world, while sharing their experiences and connecting with other like-minded educators via zoom and discussion boards via on-line platform called CANVAS. Assignments will include weekly readings, discussion postings, at least one guest via a live Zoom session. Not able to join the live session?  Students can view the recorded sessions that week via the on-line platform (CANVAS).  Facilitators will provide an overview of the course content each week in recorded Zoom sessions and be available each week to answer questions both live and via email or during an arranged Skype or Zoom session. 

All students are required to complete weekly assignments to remain in the course.  Students will be required to complete the final project in order to receive the certificate of completion from the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict. The course is Pass/Fail.

Who should apply? 

  • are educators in primary and secondary classrooms
  • are faculty in teacher training at teacher preparation colleges/universities or organizations
  • are in education departments with Ministry/Departments of Education,
  • are International Governmental Organization Staff who work with youth at the primary/secondary level in the field of education, or
  • are civil society staff working in education at scale (country-wide or regionally).

Language:  Participants will need to be proficient in English, both in writing and verbally. 

Technology Needed:  Computer/Tablet or Phone with Camera and Microphone enabled.  WiFi strong enough to participate in live discussions using Zoom technology and to watch videos.

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