12:30 – 1:00 P.M. Registration (Kennedy Center)
1:00 – 1:30 P.M. Opening Session: Dessa, nationally known rapper and writer
1:30 – 1:45 P.M. Networking Break
1:45 – 2:45 P.M. Keynote Speaker: Joe Cavanaugh, Youth Frontiers
Hitting the Pause Button on Our Lives
2:45 – 3:00 P.M. Networking Break
3:00 – 4:15 P.M. Workshops
Promoting Peacemaking and Celebrating Diversity through Children’s Literature
Julie Ashworth, Augustana College Sioux Falls
Using the literacy-based curriculum, ‘Pieces of Peace’ developed by Augustana students and faculty for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Forum, this workshop will share the experiences pre-service teachers and master teachers can have as they bring peacemaking to life for students in elementary classrooms. The workshop uses powerful children’s literature as a vehicle to explore concepts of peacemaking that aren’t readily available in everyday life for children.
Plugging the School to Prison Pipeline with Conflict Resolution Services
Karmit Bulman & Mariah Levison, Conflict Resolution Center
Research and experience demonstrate that public schools and their students benefit from restorative justice and mediation services in response to student behavioral infractions. In this workshop, we will provide research and data on effective peacemaking programs and restorative approaches to discipline in public schools and will share the experience of the Conflict Resolution Center in providing these services in Minneapolis. Experiential exercises will be used to demonstrate effective conflict resolution skills which can be applied in school settings.
Purposeful Peacemaking: Teacher Candidates and Youth at Risk Authentically Engage in Democracy Through Public Achievement
Special education faculty & students, K-12 teachers & students, Augsburg College & K-12 Schools
Special education faculty in the Department of Education at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN work with the Center for Democracy and Citizenship (CDC) have worked to embed Public Achievement (PA) into the Augsburg Special Education curriculum, as Augsburg students collaborate with a metro area middle school, Augsburg faculty and the CDC in the development and implementation of the PA special education model. In an engaging and interactive way – the presenters will share what has happened and what continues to happen with this endeavor.
Youth Empowerment and Peace Education in Cross-cultural Perspective
Joe Underhill, Moderator, Augsburg College & K-12 Schools
This workshop explores youth empowerment in four different contexts (Cairo, rural India,the Twin Cities Ka Joog, and Save the Kids). Panelists discuss various aspects of empowerment including radicalization, job creation, civic engagement and alternatives to incarceration. The breadth of concrete approaches gives life to the hope for better solutions for at-risk youth.
4th Grade Opera: Music Integration to Help Students Discover Peaceful Solutions and the Power of their own Voices
Scott Lipscomb & Dee Lundell, University of Minnesota
At an urban K-8 in south Minneapolis, the fourth grade social studies curriculum is based on the life of a selected Nobel laureate. The primary goal of this opera is to assist students in discovering the “Power of Voice” (i.e., how a Nobel Peace Prize winner used their own voice to transform the world for the better) and to assist these fourth graders to realize how they too can use their own voices to create positive change.
And The Children Will Lead Us: Youth as Teachers of Peace Skills
Sue Leidl et al, Peacemaker Resources
Creating a culture of peace requires that individuals develop the skills to make healthy choices, relate compassionately to others, and non-violently resolve conflicts. Learn how the STAR program (Students Teaching Attitudes of Respect) is creating positive change by teaching middle school students conflict resolution skills and providing them with opportunities to teach these skills in their schools and communities. This workshop will feature a presentation by a team of students from the STAR program.
Educating Globally Competent Citizens: Tools for this Peacemaking Task
Dennis Falk, University of Minnesota Duluth
In a global world, do educators have enough tools? This workshop will ask participants to identify characteristics of globally competent citizens, encourage them to explore the importance being such a citizen, and then share resources that could help them and their students become more globally competent.
Peace, Storytelling & Pedagogy
Zac Casey & Shannon McManimon, University of Minnesota
This session will include discussion of white racial identity and white supremacy before turning to examining stories and storytelling as a potentially transformative pedagogical practice. The presenters share examples of the kinds of stories white people engaged in anti-racist struggle must begin telling, including times they have simultaneously reinforced white supremacy while attempting to dismantle it, before participants share their own stories of anti-racism. Participants will gain new insights into the power of storytelling in anti-racist pedagogy and peace education.
4:15 – 4:30 P.M. Networking Break
4:30 – 5:30 P.M. Keynote speaker: Andrew Slack, Harry Potter Alliance
Harry Potter & the Power to Change
5:30 – 5:45 P.M. Collegiate Closing Plenary
8:00 – 10:30 P.M. Ethics and Hip Hop: A Discussion with Dessa
(NOTE: This event requires a separate ticket)