Faculty and Staff Curriculum

Peace and Justice Pedagogy

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.

 

"Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher."

- Parker J. Palmer


Commitments of a peace and justice practitioner

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.


2020-2021

Helping Students with Adverse Childhood Experiences
INDV3312: The Trauma-informed Classroom: Helping Students with Adverse Childhood Experiences
3 PD Hours

This course examines the physiology and psychology of students who grow up with trauma; the causes and consequences of trauma on learning and classroom management. As a result of this course, you will be better prepared to support students with differing levels of childhood trauma and its effects on their learning.

Faculty and Staff can register through the Edge in Atlas


2019-2020

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

  November 7th, 2019
  November 8th, 2019
West Campus
East Campus
1:00pm-4:00 pm
1:00pm-4:00 pm

Faculty and Staff can register through the Edge in Atlas

Creating a Safe Space
INDV 7311: Creating a Safe Space
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.

KickOff
Thursday, November 14th, 2019
Friday, November 15th, 2019
West Campus
East Campus
1:00pm-4:00pm
1:00pm-4:00pm
Wrap-Up
Thursday, March 26th, 2020
Friday, March 27th, 2020
West Campus
East Campus
2:00pm-4:00pm
2:00pm-4:00pm

Faculty and Staff can register through the Edge in Atlas

Inclusion & Diversity
INDV 2151: Inclusion and Diversity
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.

Thursday, November 21st, 2019
  Friday, November 22nd, 2019
East Campus
Osceola Campus
2:00pm-4:30pm
2:00pm-4:30pm

Faculty and Staff can register through the Edge in Atlas

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

KickOff
Friday, September 20th, 2019
Friday, January 17th, 2020
West Campus
Lake Nona
1:00pm-4:00pm
1:00pm-4:00pm
Mid Course Meeting
Friday, October 11th, 2019
Friday, February 7th, 2020
West Campus
Lake Nona
1:00pm-4:00pm
1:00pm-4:00pm
Wrap-Up
Friday, October 25th, 2019
Friday, February 21, 2020
West Campus
Lake Nona
1:00pm-4:00pm
1:00pm-4:00pm

Faculty and Staff can register through the Edge in Atlas

Mindfulness For Educators
INDV 7312: Mindfulness Tools for Educators I
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, January 30th, 2020
Friday, January 31st, 2020
East Campus
West Campus
1:00pm-4:00pm
1:00pm-4:00pm

Faculty and Staff can register through the Edge in Atlas

Mindfulness Tools for Educators II
INDV 7321: Mindfulness Tools for Educators II
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.
March 20 - April 10, 2020
East Campus
12:00pm-1:30pm

Faculty and Staff can register through the Edge in Atlas

How We Treat Each Other
INDV 7316: How We Treat Each Other
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.

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

Faculty and Staff can register through the Edge in Atlas

Multiple Perspectives
INDV 2255: Multiple Perspectives
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, April 2nd, 2020
Friday, April 3rd, 2020
Osceola Campus
East Campus
2:00pm-4:00pm
2:00pm-4:00pm

Faculty and Staff can register through the Edge in Atlas

Working with Conflict
INDV 7310: Working with Conflict
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.

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

Faculty and Staff can register through the Edge in Atlas

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

 

Faculty and Staff can register through the Edge in Atlas

Creating An Environment for Inclusive Excellence
INDV 3251: Creating an Environment for Inclusive Excellence
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.

Inclusive Excellence through the Islamic Lens
Thursday, September 26th, 2019
Friday, February 7th, 2020
East Campus
Downtown Campus
5:30pm-7:30pm
1:00pm-3:00 pm
Inclusive Excellence through the LGBT Lens
Friday, October 25th, 2019
Thursday, March 26th, 2020
Osceola Campus
West Campus
10:00am-12:00pm
5:30pm-7:30pm

Faculty and Staff can register through the Edge in Atlas

Staff & Faculty Spring Retreat
INDV 7317: Peace and Justice Institute Staff & Faculty Spring Retreat
16 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.

February 21-22, 2020
 
 

Faculty and Staff can register through the Edge in Atlas

Fall Healing Retreat With Iron Eagle
Fall Healing Retreat With Iron Eagle

Tanahuachi Nac
139 Ridgewood Dr. Georgetown, FL 32139
Retreat 10:00am-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.

Register Here

$20 (free for students)

Saturday, November 16th, 2019
Tanahuachi Nac
10:00am-3:30 pm
Practitioner Program for Staff
Peace and Justice Practitioner Program for Faculty
53 PD Hours

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. (~53 PD hours)

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

 View Peace and Justice Practitioner Certification Flyer

Faculty and Staff can register through the Edge in Atlas