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Peace and Justice Institute

Faculty Curriculum

Peace and Justice Pedagogy
"Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher." - Parker J. Palmer

The Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College promotes peace and justice for all. Our aim is to nurture an inclusive, caring and respectful environment on campus and within our community--one where conflict leads to growth and transformation, rather than violence or aggression.

Acknowledging that the pedagogy of a peace and justice course integrates peace practices, faculty who intend to teach a peace and justice course (i.e. Introduction to Peace Studies, The Psychology of Peace, etc.) or to integrate modules within existing courses with peace and justice themes are encouraged to engage in these faculty development courses.

The Valencia College Peace and Justice Institute regards every individual as a rising peace and justice practitioner and provides the tools for all to be leaders of socially inclusive change and innovation in their circle of influence. The commitments of a peace and justice practitioner are a pathway to building The Culture of Peace and an invitation to becoming an agent of change.

The commitments of a peace and justice practitioner include the following:

  • Places relationship as central to the work, focusing on the culture of collaboration
  • Encourages a reflective practice to support self-awareness, meaning and purpose, including mindfulness practice and emotional intelligence
  • Addresses conflict as a source and opportunity for growth and transformation
  • Uses the tools of story, dialogue, and peaceful communication while practicing the Principles for How We Treat Each Other
  • Supports a community of inclusive excellence in which all voices are heard and valued
  • Engages in the exploration of the “other” with an acknowledgement of our inherent interdependence
  • Recognizes that there can be no peace without justice for all

These high impact practices for peace and justice pedagogy at Valencia create classrooms that model the culture of peace and stand as models for communities of peace.

KICKOFF
Tuesday, October 24th WC, 1:00-5:00pm
Friday, October 27th EC, 1:00pm-5:00pm

WRAP UP
Tuesday, January 9th WC, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Friday, January 12th EC, 1:00pm-4:00pm

10 PD Hours   This course will demonstrate techniques for establishing a respectful and inclusive environment that promotes healthy classroom dialogue. Dialogue can assist students in moving information from a memorized or theoretical understanding, to a more integrated, tangible and lasting knowledge. Participants will engage in best practices designed to promote discussion as a pedagogical tool. In registering for this course, you are committing to attend two meetings across two terms (one 4 -hour and one 2-hour), complete the required reading, and integrate a conversation activity into your class.

 

Thursday, November 16th OC, 2:00pm-4:30pm
Friday, November 17th WC, 2:00pm-4:30pm

2.5 PD Hours   In this seminar, participants will investigate learning opportunities that acknowledge, draw upon, and are enriched by student diversity and create atmospheres of inclusion and understanding. Participants will reflect on power differentials in the classroom, ways to increase inclusion and minimize exclusion, and some theoretical underpinnings of Inclusion and Diversity.

 

KICKOFF
Friday, January 27 WC 11-106 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

WRAP UP
Friday, March 3 WC 11-106 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The purpose of this course is to invite faculty participants to begin/continue to examine their professional and personal experiences using the lenses of race and ethnicity. You will be afforded the opportunity to tell your story while hearing the stories of others. In order to create a hospitable and accountable community, our journey will be guided by the 13 Principles of How We Treat Each Other of the Peace and Justice Institute.
Participants will meet face-to-face and interact online with their colleagues using personal stories, assigned readings, discussion forums, videos and a field experience. In addition, each participant will design a new or transformed lesson/unit plan to be shared with peers. As a result of completing this course, participants will be better equipped with tools to work effectively in a pluralistic society, by improving the multicultural experience for themselves and their students. This is a hybrid course.

 

Thursday, February 1st EC, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Friday, February 2nd WC, 1:00pm-4:00pm

3 PD Hours   Contemplative pedagogy involves a wide range of teaching methods designed to cultivate a capacity for deeper awareness, concentration, and insight that create demonstrable neurobiological changes. Participants will be introduced to the nature, history, and status of contemplative practices used in mainstream education as a complementary pedagogic tool that fosters depth in learning. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with and create a contemplative-based classroom practice and reflect upon how contemplation may innovatively meet the needs of today’s students.

 

Thursday, October 5th WC, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Friday, October 6th EC, 2:00pm-4:00pm
2 PD Hours Details Coming Soon

How We Treat Each Other gives participants effective tools for engaging in difficult conversations, empathetic listening, perspective talking, self-reflection and relationship building. By using the Principles and their practices, we increase our capacity to be peace builders. Participants will learn how to implement these techniques in Valencia's varied learning environments.

 

Thursday, February 22nd OC, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Friday, February 23rd EC, 2:00pm-4:00pm

2 PD Hours   In this workshop, participants will investigate teaching strategies to improve students’ abilities to engage in conversation with alternative viewpoints. Participants will reflect on ways to reveal the importance of recognizing and engaging multiple perspectives as well as ways to motivate students to learn from reputable sources.

 

Thursday, March 8th WC, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Friday, March 9th EC, 1:00pm-5:00pm

6 PD Hours   In this course, faculty will learn about the components, roles, and needs active in conflict, identify their own conflict style, and be introduced to conflict resolution practices for the purpose of more productive and positive outcomes. Participants will engage in various exercises, including a self-assessment and mock negotiation for the purpose of integrating these skills into a working knowledge. This course will include two hours of reading prior to the session.

 

Contemplative pedagogy involves a wide range of teaching methods designed to cultivate a capacity for deeper awareness, concentration, and insight that create demonstrable neurobiological changes. Participants will be introduced to the nature, history, and status of contemplative practices used in mainstream education as a complementary pedagogic tool that fosters depth in learning. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with and create a contemplative-based classroom practice and reflect upon how contemplation may innovatively meet the needs of today's students.

The next retreat is taking place Friday, February 24 - Saturday, February 25, 2017. Please contact the Peace and Justice Institute for more information.
Spring Faculty and Staff Retreat PDF

 

SEED stands for Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity and is a national project, founded 27 years ago by Dr. Peggy McIntosh of Wellesley College. It utilizes a cohort-based monthly seminar model with the intention of creating gender fair, multiculturally equitable, and globally informed educational spaces and workplaces. SEED differs from other diversity programs in that SEED leaders do not lecture. Instead they lead their own colleagues in experiential, interactive exercises and conversation often stimulated by films and readings. The monthly seminars deepen participants' understanding of themselves, expand their knowledge of the world, and point the way to making schools more inclusive.

This is a cohort experience for faculty and staff. Applications are available each fall through the Grove. If you have any questions about SEED at Valencia, please contact Jenny Charriez, director, employee development and inclusion, at jnevarez@valenciacollege.edu or extension 8250.

 

KICKOFF
Friday, January 19th EC, 1:00pm-4:00pm

WRAP UP
Friday, March 2nd EC, 1:00pm-4:00pm

25 PD Hours   The purpose of this course is to invite faculty participants to begin/continue to examine their professional and personal experiences using the lenses of race and ethnicity. You will be afforded the opportunity to tell your story while hearing the stories of others. In order to create a hospitable and accountable community, our journey will be guided by the 13 Principles of How We Treat Each Other of the Peace and Justice Initiative. Participants will meet face-to-face and interact online with their colleagues using personal stories, assigned readings, discussion forums, videos and a field experience. In addition, each participant will design a new or transformed lesson/unit plan to be shared with peers. As a result of completing this course, participants will be better equipped with tools to work effectively in a pluralistic society, by improving the multicultural experience for themselves and their students.

 

Friday, February 23rd Off Campus, 8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, February 24th Off Campus, 8:00am-5:00pm

16 PD Hours    Contemplative pedagogy involves a wide range of teaching methods designed to cultivate a capacity for deeper awareness, concentration, and insight that create demonstrable neurobiological changes. Participants will be introduced to the nature, history, and status of contemplative practices used in mainstream education as a complementary pedagogic tool that fosters depth in learning. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with and create a contemplative-based classroom practice and reflect upon how contemplation may innovatively meet the needs of today's students.

This retreat is typically in the Spring Term. Please call the Peace and Justice Institute for more information.

 

Wednesdays: September 27; October 11th; November 18th; December 6th; January 17th; February 21st; March 21st; April 18th; Location TBD, 5:30pm-8:30pm

3 PD Hours per Seminar SEED stands for Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity and is a national project, founded 27 years ago by Dr. Peggy McIntosh of Wellesley College. It utilizes a cohort-based monthly seminar model with the intention of creating gender fair, multiculturally equitable, and globally informed educational spaces and workplaces. SEED differs from other diversity programs in that SEED leaders do not lecture. Instead they lead their own colleagues in experiential, interactive exercises and conversation often stimulated by films and readings. The monthly seminars deepen participants’ understanding of themselves, expand their knowledge of the world, and point the way to making schools more inclusive.

NOTE: To deepen the cohort experience, attendance is limited to the cohort. The application process to participate in SEED occurs in the Spring Term and is announced through the Juice and Faculty Insight newsletters.

 

Date: TBD
Location: TBD
Time: TBD

The diversity of our student perspectives grows each year, and the ways in which we create successful learning environments subsequently evolves. Through this course, you will engage with ideas and scenarios to help you create an environment inclusive of all learners while in consideration of individual differences.

 
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    Goals of the Institute are to:
    1. Create and teach a Peace and Justice Studies curriculum
    2. Sponsor and collaborate on peace and justice events
    3. Foster a connection with Valencia's A.S. programs in peace studies and conflict transformation
    4. Offer community outreach in peace and justice
    5. Engage in realizing Valencia's core competencies