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The Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators, created by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), is designed to support the work of educators as peacebuilders.  Ceeds of Peace joins USIP in believing that young people have tremendous capacity, as individuals and as a community, to learn about and contribute to international conflict management, and that educators can channel students’ energy and enthusiasm in positive ways.

Peacebuilding must be developed, fostered, and supported. The goal is to help in the development of young people as peacebuilders and to raise the visibility of positive examples of nonviolent conflict management. The Toolkits are not intended to tell students what to think; rather, they encourage students to think critically about the world around them and their place within it.

The skills of peacebuilding presented in the toolkits are applicable at multiple levels, and though designed for middle school and high school, they are readily adaptable to younger or older audiences.  Peer mediators in middle and high school conflict resolution programs use many of the same tools employed by employed by diplomats and heads of state in international peace negotiations.  While international conflicts are often far more complex, all levels of human and social conflict can be negotiated using the same core skills of active listening, relationship building, and working cooperatively to find mutually agreeable solutions among parties.

The USIP Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators helps teachers develop their own understanding of key concepts and skills and enhance their capacity to teach about global peacebuilding themes and issues. The content of the toolkit can stand alone, but is enhanced by reference to the range of other resources available on this website.  There are numerous individual lesson plans designed to be delivered in 45 minutes, each with rationale, objective, alignment with standards, materials, step by step procedure, assessment, and extension activities.   The toolkit can be downloaded in its entirety in English, either in complete form, in sections or as individual lessons, from the link below.  In other languages, download the full toolkit as a pdf using the links below.

The Middle School Tookit is available

In English

In Spanish

In French

In Arabic

Common Core Alignment coming soon.

The High School Tookit is available 

In English

In Spanish

In French

In Arabic

Alignment of High School Toolkit to Common Core Standards (chart and narrative)

The videos provided in the next sections link to the original sources, and are among the favorites of our staff, friends and colleagues of Ceeds of Peace.

Muslim – Jewish Slam Poetry

Amina Iro and Hannah Halpern (from DC’s Youth Slam Poetry Team) both inspire and entertain at the 2014 Common Ground Awards with their slam poetry.

The Common Ground Awards are produced by Search for Common Ground, an international peacebuilding organization working to end violent conflict in 35 countries around the world

Young artists created a mural at Konawaena Elementary School to inspire students to do well in their studies. What started as a simple project took on a whole new meaning after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut. Young women from the Twinkling Stars 4H Club and students from Konawaena High School volunteered their time to create the mural and painted twenty flowers and six honey bees in remembrance of the twenty students and six teachers who lost their lives at Sandy Hook. For these volunteers, the mural will forever preserve the lives of those children and adults.

This video is about GATE students at a Mountain View elementary school who have been learning HeartMath tools. These tools help kids identify and shift out of stress, anxiety and frustration; improve their relationships, interactions, behavior and schoolwork; and build social and emotional development skills.

One of the HeartMath tools that the students especially like is the emWave PC (formerly Freeze-Framer) which gives them real-time feedback on what they’re feeling through colorful graphs and images on their computer screen. The program also includes fun games that are controlled by the student’s ability to shift from stressful emotions like anxiety, frustration or anger to more positive and beneficial emotion like care or appreciation.  HeartMathInstitute, all rights reserved.

The Charter for Compassion
Video Produced by: Captain & The Fox ( in partnership with WORKSHOP ( Video Music Composed by: Naturalistic (

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.

It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others – even our enemies – is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.

Why Empathy Class should be taught alongside History Class

Video poetry by Chad Michael. Videography by Keith Holeman. Music by Kim Oler. Performance by Trouveres of All Saints Church Pasadena. Photography by Lisa Amezcua (Citrus College) and The Chronicle (Harvard-Westlake School). All rights reserved.

Published on Feb 24, 2014 “Beginning With the End” is a feature length documentary film that follows the experiences of a culturally diverse group of 16 to 18 year-olds who are given the unusual and extraordinary opportunity to work as trained hospice volunteers. Through their eyes and voices, viewers will witness the life-altering experiences of these young people who are themselves in the throes of many changes and transitions. Through them, we discover the seeds of a compassionate society, and come to appreciate the power of empathic teens.

TED Talks
May 2013:  Education
Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion.  A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

Published on Nov 26, 2013
Freely Download the song and Full “Empty Hands” album as a gift from nimo at:…

The 21-Day Kindness Challenge launched on September 11th. 98 countries. 6000 people. And a collective tidal wave of good that inspired many — including young rapper-activist “Nimo” Patel at the Gandhi Ashram in India. Nimo wasted no time channeling that inspiration into an infectious music video. “Being Kind” was created on super short notice by an intercontinental crew of volunteers working out of their living rooms. It features footage from all over the world and heart-melting appearances by the children Nimo works with in the slums. Watch, listen, and prepare to smile big at this lyrical reminder that kindness really is “all we can leave behind.”

Following the violent murder of his father at the Sikh Temple shooting, Amardeep stepped into the public eye as an advocate for peace.  But personally, he never stopped struggling to face his anger and understand why this could ever have happened.  

Now, to find an answer, Amardeep sets out on a journey to bring together other Peacemakers – survivors of violence, reformed criminals, advocates and researchers – who are all breaking ground in studying violence and creating solutions.  Together, they are tackling issues like gun control, mental health, education, media, and child-caregiver relations.  

 With a new understanding of the small steps we can take to make a difference, they unite to launch education campaigns and political movements, and ultimately come closer to peace with their own tragic losses.

Bob Kane’s Care & Compassion class at ‘Iolani School teaches high school students empathy and compassion first-hand via local hospice care.

In this video, produced for the Rethink Learning Now campaign, we imagine an alternative universe where teachers are considered as valuable as athletes.