Teaching Peacemaking Circles to Elementary School Students….

by Matt Bors

When we launched this site three years ago, we didn’t expect that so many people would use it to learn more about harsh school disciplinary policies, zero tolerance, and the school-to-prison pipeline. We are excited that many have found this site to be useful.

From time to time, we will see a resources that we created posted on another site or someone will reach out to tell us that they have used our resources in their work. We are incredibly gratified when that happens. Actually, we wish that more people would reach back out to let us know how some of the resources we have shared have been used.

We are thrilled to have heard from Robert Conlon, the Director of Youth Programs at the Howard Area Community Center about how he used our Sent Down the Drain resource with elementary students in CPS.

Robert was kind enough to share a curriculum unit that he developed with a 5th grade student named Loreal Evans to teach her peers about peacemaking circles.

You can download their curriculum here (PDF). Some of the other attachments for the curriculum are below:

PC Supplement 1_Definitions

PC Supplement 2B_Drain Discussion questions

PC Supplement 3_Peace Circles Described

PC Supplement 4_Stages

PC Supplement 5_Commitments

About Suspensionstories

Suspension Stories is a youth-led participatory action research project to understand the school to prison pipeline. This initiative is the result of a collaboration between the Rogers Park Young Women's Action Team (www.rogersparkywat.org) and Project NIA (www.project-nia.org).
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