Peacemakers: Taking Action for Positive Change – Early Semester


    “Taking action for positive change is so empowering! By the end of the 8-week period, my students know how to make positive change and are empowered in the knowledge that their actions have a big impact! It is so wonderful to see my students engaged in peacemaking projects, which have ranged from panda protection to park cleanups!”
    ~ Prof. Avalon Jade Theisen

    Enrollment Options


    InstructorProf. Avalon Jade Theisen
    Content LevelsGrades 5-6 • Upper Elementary
    Grades 6-7 • Middle School
    Grades 7-8 • Junior High
    Course Length8 Weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnWednesdays, 8:00 - 8:50 AM Pacific – 8/17/22 – 10/15/22

    What is a peacemaker? Have you ever wanted to help make a positive change in the world? This 8-week workshop will help you learn about peacemakers of all ages, both ones you may have heard of before, as well as those who live just around the corner.

    While learning about positive change, students will be guided in creating their own peacemaking projects using an adapted version of the Peace First curriculum to address injustice in the world, learning to become peacemakers themselves.

    Note to students: 


    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Peacemaking lesson with a forum.
    • Featured Peacemaker forum.
    • Meet & read about the upcoming Featured Peacemaker and Everyday Peacemaker (5-7 pages between the text book and a PDF).

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
    • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

      • Read non-fiction at a solid 7th-grade level or above.
      • Read complex information
      • Research and discuss issues clearly and with respect to others’ opinions.
      • Possess the skills needed to speak about different religions in a respectful manner.
      • Write 100+ words independently.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

        • Read at a strong 4th grade level or above.

    Students should be willing to:

        • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
        • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
        • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials: