Promoting Peace Education with the “Every Child, Every Day” Brochure

PsySRWith key leadership from Linden Nelson, PsySR and APA Division 48 (Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence) have created the “Every Child, Every Day” brochure to promote school-based conflict resolution education, violence prevention, and social and emotional learning programs.

The purpose of the brochure is to inform school administrators and board members about the demonstrated benefits of these programs and to direct them to websites that describe programs shown to be effective. These websites are useful for selecting a program that is appropriate to a school’s particular needs, and they provide links to information about implementation and training.

You can help promote peace education programs in your area by giving the “Every Child, Every Day” brochure to your school district superintendent, a school board member, a principal, or a teacher. It is often most effective to give the brochure to someone in a position to influence decisions about school-wide or district-wide programs. Such programs are likely to offer age appropriate instruction across grade levels, and adoption of a program by a school or district legitimizes peace education for teachers who might otherwise perceive that it would take time away from teaching required subjects.

You might increase the effectiveness of your actions by (1) presenting the brochure in person or with a group of like-minded citizens, (2) expressing your opinion about the importance of social and emotional learning and conflict resolution education, (3) asking about the existence of such programs in local schools, and (4) asking about the possibility of implementing or improving relevant programs. Ideally, it would be desirable to follow up after a few weeks with an inquiry about any actions the school official has taken or might be considering.

A printable two-sided PDF version of the trifold brochure is available HERE. Professionally printed copies can be ordered from PsySR by emailing [email protected]. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support this project. A donation of $20 will buy about 100 brochures. Mail donations to Psychologists for Social Responsibility, 208 “I” Street NE, Washington, DC 20002. Please include a note specifying that your donation be used for the “Every Child, Every Day” brochure.