Our Story

Our Story

Our story is such that peace is not just a feeling, it’s an action. When students feel empowered to find their peace, and stop and think before they act, their power grows and ripples out to their friends, their school, their community. Imagine if everyone around you understood their own value and treated others with the respect they deserve – what kind of community would that be?

At Peaceful Schools we are committed to giving everyone the power to be peaceful. To us this means helping everyone identify their own peaceful power and how to use it to make the world a better place. Being a peaceful person means acting safe and in control. A peaceful person cares about and acts to help themselves, others, and their community.

Peaceful people use:
Cooperation
Assertion
Responsibility
Empathy
Self-Control

The C.A.R.E.S. skills – Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-Control – are at the heart of all we do at Peaceful Schools. We engage with children, teens, and adults to teach these core skills in a variety of formats — breaking down each skill into smaller, tangible, rehearsable and observable skills, and teaching them in real-life, meaningful ways. These skills are embedded in our direct instruction with students, training and support with adults, social-emotional curriculum for others to implement, and community outreach and support.

It isn’t always easy to be a peaceful person – it takes commitment, practice, self-reflection, a willingness to fail, perseverance. It takes belief that peace matters, that it’s possible.

Peace is purposeful.


“What’s peaceful about Peaceful Schools is that kids are learning all these different skills and like if you encounter someone that’s projecting negative energy, you should just stay away from them.” -5th grade student

“We have this thing called S.T.A.R. Power… you have to be kind, and you have to be generous to others” -8th grade student

Our story begins as Peaceful Schools was formed in the late 1990s by a group of teachers dedicated to preventing youth violence in the wake of the Columbine High School shootings. Since the beginning, research into resilience skills has informed our approach to mediation, conflict resolution services, school-based systems of support, and curriculum to build social-emotional and problem-solving skills in youth and adults. We integrate behavioral rehearsal into all of our programming to develop social-emotional competence, using role-play and real-life scenarios as the base for our activities and lessons. We believe that every individual can discover their own worth, use their power for good, and that together we can build the peacemakers of the world.

Peaceful Schools is committed to giving everyone the power to be peaceful.