Faculty and Staff 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

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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 acknowledgment of our inherent interdependence
  • Recognizes that there can be no peace without justice for all

Please see the faculty and staff curriculum opportunities below and contact PJI at peaceandjustice@valenciacollege.edu for more information.

A Primer for Creating a Safe Space for Dialogue

INDV 7320: Engaging Every Voice: A Primer for Creating a Safe Space for Dialogue

November 7th, 2019 WC 1:00-4:00 pm
November 8th, 2019 EC 1:00-4:00 pm

3 PD Hours - This course will support faculty in better addressing aspects of social-emotional learning in the classroom, for the purpose of building student participation. Faculty will both practice and reflect on practices aimed at including and increasing the engaging of all students.

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Creating a Safe Space

INDV 7311 Creating a Safe Space

Thursday, November 14th, 2019 WC 1:00-4:00 pm
Friday, November 15th, 2019 EC 1:00-4:00 pm 

Thursday, March 26th, 2020 WC 2:00-4:00 pm
Friday, March 27th, 2020 EC 2:00-4:00 pm

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 3-hour), complete the required reading, and integrate a conversation activity into your class.

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Inclusion & Diversity

INDV 2151 Inclusion and Diversity

Thursday, November 21st, 2019 EC 2:00-4:30 pm
Friday, November 22nd, 2019 OC 2:00-4:30 pm

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.

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Authentic Conversations

INDV 7315 Authentic Conversations and Reflections on Privilege, Race, and Academic Achievement

Friday, September 20th, 2019 WC 1:00-4:00 pm
Friday, January 17th, 2020 Lake Nona, 1:00-4:00 pm
Friday, October 11th, 2019 WC 1:00-4:00 pm
Friday, February 7th, 2020 Lake Nona, 1:00-4:00 pm


Friday, October 25th, 2019 WC 1:00-4:00 pm 
Friday, February 21, 2020 Lake Nona 1:00-4:00 pm

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.

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Mindfulness For Educators

INDV 7312 Mindfulness Tools for Educators I

Thursday, January 30th, 2020 East Campus 1:00-4:00 pm
Friday, January 31st, 2020, West Campus, 1:00-4:00 pm

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.

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Mindfulness Tools for Educators II

INDV 7321: Mindfulness Tools for Educators II

March 20 - April 10, 2020 East Campus 12:00 - 1:30 pm

10 PD Hours - This multi-session face to face course incorporates both formal and informal mindfulness practices to support participants in cultivating a mindfulness practice of their own. This highly experiential class is sustained by a generous, safe group environment and skillful teacher facilitation. Participants will be introduced to a variety of mindfulness activities in class, then practice these activities at home. Class activities, written reflections, and home practices will support participants in bringing conscious and deliberate attention to what they are experiencing from moment to moment with curiosity and kindness and without judgement. Research indicates that a majority of people who develop a mindfulness practice find a greater capacity for dealing with life stresses, particularly physical pain, depression and anxiety. Many find practice a doorway into greater well-being.

  • Completion of Mindfulness Tools for Educators, which introduces participants to mindfulness, is required
  • Interested participants with a regular mindfulness practice may reach out to the facilitators and petition to waive the Mindfulness Tools requirement.
  • Participants must attend all four 90 minute sessions and complete all homework assignments to receive full PD credit.

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How We Treat Each Other

INDV 7316 How We Treat Each Other

Friday, October 4th, 2019 Osceola Campus, 2:00-5:00 pm
Friday, May 22nd, 2020 West Campus, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

3 PD Hours — 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.

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Multiple Perspectives

INDV 2255 Multiple Perspectives

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 East Campus 2:00-4:00 pm
Friday, April 3rd, 2020 Osceola Campus 2:00-4:00 pm


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.

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Working with Conflict

INDV 7310 Working with Conflict

Thursday, March 5th, 2020 East Campus 1:00-5:00 pm
Friday, March 6th, 2020 West Campus 1:00-5:00 pm

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.

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SEED Seminar

SEED Seminar

Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity

SEED stands for Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity and is a national project, founded 30 years ago by Dr. Peggy McIntosh of Wellesley College. It utilizes a cohort-based monthly seminar model with the intention of creating gender fair, multi-culturally 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 summer. If you have any questions about SEED at Valencia, please contact Shara Lee at:  slee84@valenciacollege.edu 

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Creating An Environment for Inclusive Excellence

INDV 3251: Creating an Environment for Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive Excellence through the Islamic Lens
Thursday, September 26th, 2019 EC 5:30-7:30pm
Friday, February 7th, 2020 Downtown Campus 1:00-3:00 pm

Inclusive Excellence through the LGBT Lens
Friday, October 25th, 2019 Osceola Campus 10:00am-12:00pm
Thursday, March 26th, 2020 WC 5:30-7:30pm

2 PD Hours — 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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Staff & Faculty Spring Retreat

INDV7317 Peace and Justice Institute Staff & Faculty Spring Retreat

February 21-22, 2020

16 PD Hours — PJI's Faculty and Staff Retreat invites participants to reflect on living as the witness, utilizing a reflective practice and exploring ways of knowing beyond the rational. The retreat offers two days of quiet reflection, positive interaction with colleagues and artistic expression, each of which helps us to align with our purpose and renew ourselves for work and lives.

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Fall Healing Retreat With Iron Eagle

Fall Healing Retreat With Iron Eagle

Saturday, November 16th, 2019


Tanahuachi Nac
139 Ridgewood Dr. Georgetown, FL 32139
Retreat 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Optional Camping Overnight

Each year, PJI coordinates a Fall retreat with Iron Eagle, Apache Medicine Man and dear friend of PJI. Participants travel to the Ocala National Forest for an outdoor, nature-filled retreat.  Last year was a beautiful and renewing experience for the adults and children, alike. We hope that you can join us this year! Families are welcome.

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$20 (free for students)

Practitioner Program for Staff

Peace and Justice Practitioner Program for Faculty

The Peace and Justice Practitioner Certificate is designed to support faculty members as they develop and/or refine their practice of peace and justice pedagogy for deeper learning in an inclusive environment. The program supports all faculty members to integrate the PJI Principles and Commitments into their teaching practice.

Completion of the PJI Practitioner Certificate requires faculty to complete the PJI Community of Scholars, 15+ credits of designated Faculty Development Courses, and a Capstone Project. (~57 PD hours)

*Note: PJI Community of Scholars and all Faculty Development Courses must be complete before registering for the Capstone Project.

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