Educators for Social Responsibility, peace education and writers’ workshops

Educators for Responsibility have been known for their peace education initiatives. In their newest newsletter (June’s e-news) there is reference to a writer’s workshop and publications organised by WKCD (What kids can do – see below). What is important is that it focuses on student strengths and their cultural identity -some things that many schools would benefit from learning about, in terms of implementing ‘ideas that work’.

Educators for Social Responsibility

Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR) works directly with educators to implement systemic practices that create safe, caring, and equitable schools so that all young people succeed in school and life, and help shape a safe, democratic and just world.  Founded in 1982, ESR is a national leader in school reform and provides professional development, consultation, and educational resources to adults who teach young people in preschool through high school.


Learn more about resources available from their Online Store.

Their  Online Teacher Center provides teaching resources on a range of issues related to security, conflict resolution, peacemaking, violence prevention, and more.


What Kids Can Do had the chance to work with Latina/o middle school students in Austin, Los Angeles, and Oakland creating poems and essays that spoke to their cultural identity. Here is a link to the small publication that came from this collaboration with the National Council of La Raza.  Here is a link to the mini-curriculum WKCD writer Abe Louise Young created from this project: “Cultural Conversations through Creative Writing.”


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