Team B Elizabeth Ayres Cassie Johnson Amanda Moss Kevin Salazar Trina SnowEDL/510 Teacher Leadership in a Global Society Professor Carmen Tandy July 15, 2012
Projects Considered• One World Youth Project - “One World Youth Project is a year-long, project-based global learning experience for middle school youth that actively linksmiddle school classrooms with classrooms abroad.”(http://oneworldyouthproject.org)• Global Nomads Group - “GNG engages and empowers young peopleworldwide using media… GNG operates at the intersection of internationaland peace education, striving to serve as a vehicle for awareness, bridging theboundaries of cultural misconceptions …” (www.gng.org)• PeacePal.org* - “A letter writing program for both teachers andstudents… Peace Pal offers a standards-based literacy and peaceskills curriculum that develops students’ abilities to communicateideas, resolve conflicts and become leaders for peace. For students,Peace Pal provides an opportunity to directly connect with a peer ina country across the globe. Peace Pal letters provide a door throughwhich students can step into another individual’s world and beginto learn specifics about their life in a way that they might nototherwise learn.” (http://peacepal.org/)
The Rationale for Project Peace PalProject Peace Pal’s mission is toconnect youth globally throughcorrespondence and service topromote a more peaceful world.With the desire to make ourstudents more globally aware,Project Peace Pal is an excellentchoice. Project Peace Pal teachesour students character throughcaring and understanding oneanothers culture. To make theworld a more peaceful place, ourstudents who are the future haveto know about the world whichthey live in. Students from theUnited States can learn fromstudents in Kenya and students inAfghanistan can learn fromstudents in Ghana. It’s acultivating way to bring peaceamong ourselves one student at atime.
Key points PEACE PALS• Peace is created globally through Peace Pals is a letter writing program person to person connections across for both teachers and students borders and over time. For teachers, Peace Pal offers a• Our common humanity can come standards-based literacy and peace through these connections. skills curriculum that develops• Creating a kinship through students’ abilities to communicate similarities, results in a desire to help ideas, resolve conflicts and become each other. leaders for peace.• Conflict inevitably arises when people For students, Peace Pal provides an are disconnected and see them self as opportunity to directly connect with a different from one another, Peace Pals peer in a country across the globe. provides the antidote to this problem. Peace Pal letters provide a door• When we experience out kinship as through which students can step into members of the human race, and find another individual’s world and begin joy in helping one another, peace is to learn specifics about their life in a going to be possible in the world. way that they might not otherwise learn.
5 Ways to Integrate Peace Pal into Your Classroom Curriculum1. Identify & Map your PeacePal’s Country Objective: Locate the continent, country, town, borders, rivers, lakes and mountains. Describe the climate2. Understand your PeacePal’s Culture Objective: Define their culture List elements of their culture3. Write to your Peace Pal Objective: Write a letter (rough draft) Use appropriate mechanics of writing Pair share & compare Write Final copy4. Become a Peace Builder by Identifying the Commonalities & Differences amongst you and your Peace Pal Objective: Discover the universalities of human nature and demonstrate an appreciation of it Discover the commonalities with you and your pal Discover the differences between you and your pal5. Become a Peaceful Listener & Communicator Objective: Demonstrate active listening skills Demonstrate a feeling statements vs. blame statements
Peace Pal & The Effect of Global Learning Mission Statement: “To connect youth globally through correspondence and service, promoting a more peaceful world.” Peace Pal Teaches the Value in: Individuals Cultures Communities “We believe that sustainable peace flows from personal and meaningful connections, and that these connections are strengthened when we are of service to each other.”
Possible Effects on the WorldAs mentioned earlier, the mission of Peace Pal is: “To connect youth globally through correspondence and service, promoting a more peaceful world.”Possible Effects Include: Peaceful relationships between future leaders Collaboration on future service projects Greater understanding and respect for one another Improved literacy and communication skills
References One World Youth Project. (2011). The Challenge. Retrieved July 10, 2012, from http://oneworldyouthproject.org/about-the- organization/vision/ Global Nomads Group. Overview. In Global Nomads Group. Retrieved July 13, 2012, from http://gng.org/ Project Peace Pal. (2011). Program Overview. Retrieved July 13, 2012 from http://peacepal.org