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AC4-Logo-2014Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity 

AC4 works to connect individuals and centers at Columbia University, across schools and disciplines, to promote cutting-edge ideas, practices and technologies for constructive conflict resolution, violence prevention, sustainable human development, and peace.


Alliance for Conflict Transformation

Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT), Inc. is dedicated to building peace through innovative education, training, research and practice worldwide, working with educators, youth, community and religious leaders, non-governmental organizations, and governmental agencies to transform social conflicts into opportunities for peaceful change.

amnestyAmnesty International  has a sizable repository of lesson plans on a wide variety of human rights topics, aimed at K-12.

Ashoka Innovators for the Public

To support social entrepreneurs who are leading and collaborating with changemakers, in a team of models that addresses the fluidity of a rapidly evolving society.  Ashoka believes that anyone can learn and apply the critical skills of empathy, team work, leadership and changemaking to be successful in the modern world. They also have an initiative called “Start Empathy” that advocates for teaching the skill of empathy in schools across the nation: see this link.

canadianThe Canadian Teachers’ Federation and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights developed an extensive toolkit for K-12 human rights education, available online here

center for civil and human rightsThe Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta has some great web resources for curriculum linked with class visits to that museum.

CGNKCenter for Global Nonkilling

The Center for Global Nonkilling arises out of new understanding that a killing-free world is possible. It is possible for humans to stop killing each other from homicide to genocide, terrorism and mass murder in war. A killing-free world is a measurable goal.

centerforinvestigatingCenter for Investigating Healthy Minds

The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine has collaborated with a number of prominent neuroscientists, behavioral scientists, geneticists and biomedical researchers to closely examine the physiological and psychological correlates of compassion and altruism.

changingChanging Children’s Worlds Foundation

Providing children and adolescents a strong network of adult caregivers and professionals engaged in supporting their positive development in peaceful families and communities.

Children’s Literature Hawai’i

children lit hawaiiChildren’s Literature Hawai‘i (CLH) believes that literature should be a primary part of every child’s education. CLH promotes opportunities to experience, interpret, and create children’s literature through activities such as reading, storytelling, art, drama, song, and scholarly discussion.

children peace ugandaChildren of Peace Uganda

A nonprofit organization dedicated to the well-being and empowerment of former child soldiers, children born in captivity, and children orphaned by the two decades of armed conflict in Northern Uganda (1986-2006).


Do Something

One of the largest organizations for young people and social change, our 2.6 million members tackle campaigns that impact every cause, from poverty to violence to the environment to literally everything else. Any cause, anytime, anywhere.

Dreambox Learning – Teacher’s Tools

Students empowered to think—not just memorize. DreamBox combines a highly personalized math learning experience with a rigorous curriculum for deep understanding of math concepts, so students learn to solve real-world math problems.

Envision Hawaii

Envision Hawai‘i, as a catalyst for change, provides opportunities for professional development as well as space for informal discussion and networking.

Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education

A non-profit organization that works for the advancement of equality, social justice and respect for human rights.

 Face Hawaii

Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE), exists to allow its members to live out our common, faith-based values by engaging in actions that challenge the systems that perpetuate poverty and injustice. We balance social, economic and community activity with a deep spiritual commitment.

Facing History and Ourselves

Facing History and Ourselves provides ideas, methods, and tools that support the practical needs, and the spirits, of educators worldwide who share the goal of creating a better, more informed, and more thoughtful society.

Global Majority

Global Majority is an international organization committed to the promotion of education and training, networking and advocacy in the field of non-violent conflict resolution.

Global Peacebuilding Center | United States Institute of Peace

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is our country’s global conflict management center.
USIP is the independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress in 1984 to prevent, mitigate and resolve international conflict without resorting to violence.

 Global Peace Services

Global Peace Services USA (GPS) is a movement to promote education, skills training and awareness in support of a professional peace service and within the service professions, based on a philosophy of active nonviolence.

Hawai’i Literacy

Since 1971, Hawaii Literacy has helped thousands of adults learn the basic reading and writing skills to get better jobs, improve their parenting skills, and succeed in life. Dedicated to helping people gain knowledge and skills by providing literacy and lifelong learning services, we continue our mission through our various literacy programs.

Habits of Mind

Our mission is to educate our children to become thought-full and responsible global citizens. The institute for Habits of Mind and Wondergrove created a powerful partnership bringing each of 16 Habits to life through charming animations.

Hawai’i Literacy

Since 1971, Hawaii Literacy has helped thousands of adults learn the basic reading and writing skills to get better jobs, improve their parenting skills, and succeed in life. Dedicated to helping people gain knowledge and skills by providing literacy and lifelong learning services, we continue our mission through our various literacy programs.

Heart-Mind Online

Heart-Mind Online is for all those who are searching for evidenced-informed resources that educate the hearts of children. The collection of resources builds capacity in individuals and communities to support the Heart-Mind well-being of children, and promotes their positive social and emotional development. This website was developed by the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.

Hokulea – Polynesian Voyaging Society

Founded on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, the Polynesian Voyaging Society seeks to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves, each other, and their natural and cultural environments.

Honolulu Museum of Art – Art to Go

Art to Go stimulates creativity, introduces artistic technique, bolsters self-esteem and confidence, strengthens problem-solving skills and promotes positive leisure activities in a safe environment for Hawai‘i’s youth and underserved communities.


In the late 1980s, HopeLab founder Pam Omidyar spent her days as a research assistant in an immunology lab. At night, after hours watching malignant cancer cells multiply under a microscope, she unwound by playing video games with her husband, Pierre Omidyar, the software engineer who went on to found eBay. As a scientist and game enthusiast, Pam began to wonder if giving young cancer patients a chance to blast their cancer in a video game might actually improve their health. In 2001, Pam founded HopeLab to develop and test this concept, which led to our first product, Re-Mission.

Humanity United

When humanity is united, we are a powerful force for peace and dignity. Built on a vision of a more peaceful and less violent world, philanthropists Pam and Pierre Omidyar established Humanity United in 2005. Our partners work with us to build peace, promote justice, end atrocities and advance human freedom

Institute of HeartMath

An internationally recognized nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to helping people reduce stress, self-regulate emotions and build energy and resilience for healthy, happy lives. HeartMath tools, technology and training teach people to rely on the intelligence of their hearts in concert with their minds at home, school, work and play.

 Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation

Nurturing, Healing, Love. The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation’s mission is to create awareness in our children and our communities that we can choose love over anger, gratitude over entitlement, and forgiveness and compassion over bitterness.

 Keiki O Ka ‘Aina

Keiki O Ka ʻĀina Family Learning Centers (KOKA-FLC) serves the educational needs of Hawaii’s families within the context of culturally competent educational and family strengthening programs serving parents and preschool age children, prenatal to 5 years old, helping them to be prepared for kindergarten.

KIPP – Knowledge Is Power Program

The mission of KIPP is to create a respected, influential, and national network of public schools that are successful in helping students from educationally underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, character and habits needed to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond.

Kupu Hawaii – Learn, Serve, Restore

To empower youth to serve their communities through character building, service-learning, and environmental stewardship opportunities that encourage integrity (pono) with God (Ke Akua), self and others.


LifeSmarts, the ultimate consumer challenge, is an educational opportunity for students in 6th-12th grade. This competition prepares students to enter the real world as smart adult consumers. Participants focus on five key topic areas: consumer rights and responsibilities, the environment, health and safety, personal finance, and technology.


Makauila is normalizing the Hawaiian language and perspective through the production and distribution of Native Hawaiian educational, language, and cultural multimedia content. Because of our unique competency in Hawaiian knowledge, we are a strong partner for Native Hawaiian organizations and institutions to effectively engage their target audience through media.


(Spark M.) Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution

The Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (MIPCR) is a multi-disciplinary academic community of scholars, students, practitioners, and visitors, who, through teaching, research, service, and application, groom future leaders and professionals in applied peacemaking and conflict resolution.

Mission Be

Mission Be helps children to thrive through mindfulness. They provide mindfulness-based social emotional learning to help children thrive academically and beyond.

Not In Our School

Not In Our School highlights and creates networks of schools working to be safe, accepting and inclusive, and free of bullying and all forms of intolerance. Find films, lesson plans and campaign guides for your school.

Our Public School

Our Public School (OPS) recognizes that acting separately is no longer a viable option. We at OPS see a better way. Now is the time for a social movement that holds us all accountable for supporting and sustaining student learning in our homes, communities and schools. To achieve this, OPS is dedicated to building bridges and partnerships between public schools, families and their communities.

Pacific and Asian Affairs Council

The Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) is the only organization in Hawai‘i whose core program is to engage high school students and teachers in the Asia/Pacific region; and to inspire these students to become leaders with a broader understanding of Hawaii’s place in the world.

Partners Against Hate

Partners Against Hate was a collaborative project of the Anti-Defamation League, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, and the Center for Preventing Hate, which offered promising education and counteraction strategies for young people and the wide range of community-based professionals who work and interact with youth, parents, law enforcement officials, educators, and community/business leaders.

Peace & Collaborative Development Network

Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN) is a free professional networking site that works to foster dialogue and sharing of resources in international development, conflict resolution, gender mainstreaming, human rights, social entrepreneurship and related fields.

Perspectives for a Diverse America

Teaching Tolerance’s Perspectives for a Diverse America is a literacy-based curriculum that marries anti-bias social justice content with the rigor of the Common Core State Standards. Three steps are: SELECT AN ESSENTIAL QUESTION; SELECT A CENTRAL TEXT; and SELECT TASKS AND STRATEGIES.

Pillars of Peace Hawaii

Building Peace on a Foundation of Aloha” hopes to inspire people–from keiki (children) to kupuna (elders)–to cultivate compassion, mindfulness and justice in their daily lives and better understand the roles of diversity and culture in the practice of peace.

PLACES – Place-based Learning And Community Engagement in School

PLACES is an exciting collaborative venture between Wai’anae Elementary School in Oahu, Hawaii, the University of Hawaii, Manoa’s Office of Student Equity, Excellence & Diversity (SEED), and the local community of Wai’anae and Oahu. PLACES supports the planning and implementation of Place-based, Cultural Projects (PBCP) for the children at Wai’anae Elementary.

Psychologists for Social Responsibility – Building Cultures of Peace with Social Justice

PsySR is an independent, non-profit organization that applies psychological knowledge and expertise to promote peace, social justice, human rights, and sustainability. Our members are psychologists, students, and other advocates for social change in the United States and around the world.

Read, Write, Think

We have hundreds of standards-based lesson plans written and reviewed by educators using current research and the best instructional practices. Find the perfect one for your classroom.

Room to Read

Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world. To achieve this goal, we focus on two areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education.

Roots of Empathy

Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy.

Smithsonian Education

The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) uses all the Smithsonian offers to empower learners to explore their own interests and collaborate with others to bring ideas to life. We create models and methods that make the Smithsonian a learning laboratory for everyone.

Start Empathy

Start Empathy, an initiative of Ashoka, is a community of individuals and institutions dedicated to building a future in which every child masters empathy. We urgently must see young people as changemakers and help them develop the skills they need to be empathetic, ethical actors who will positively impact their own lives, their communities, their schools, their companies, their countries and the world, now and throughout their lives. Changemaker Schools is a national community of leading elementary schools that serve as models for cultivating these skills in students. Schools in the network share best practices with each other and benefit from opportunities to collaborate with other schools.

We Vote Hawaii

An affiliate of Kids Voting USA, we are a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots organization partnering with public, private, charter, and home schools statewide, whose mission is two-fold: to prepare youth for a lifetime of voting, and to encourage adult voter participation.

Wellness in the Schools

Wellness in the Schools (WITS) inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in public schools. Through meaningful public/private partnerships with school leadership, teachers, chefs, coaches, parents and kids, WITS develops and implements programs that provide healthy foods, healthy environments and opportunities for regular play to help kids learn and grow.

World Peace Game

The World Peace Game Foundation seeks to foster the concept of peace not as a utopian dream but as an attainable goal to strive for, and to stimulate the creative development of tools for this effort. It supports development of collaboration and communication skills for resolving and transforming conflicts, and the development of the skills of compromise, all while accommodating different perspectives and interests.

Youth Speaks

Youth Speaks creates safe spaces that empower the next generation of leaders, self-defined artists, and visionary activists through written and oral literacies. We challenge youth to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of societal change. Our vision is to shift the perception of youth by combating illiteracy, alienation, and silence, creating a global movement of brave new voices bringing the noise from the margins to the core.


Rock Your World:  Teaching students about human rights, and then giving them ample time to explore a variety of issues until they  identify one that ‘sparks’ or inspires them to action.  In this unit, students learn about human rights by reading and considering the implications of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  Students will also view and evaluate various interpretations of the UDHR and then have the opportunity to create original interpretations of their own.

Following an introduction to human rights, students will consider how human rights relate to themselves, their community, their country and their world.  They then will explore a variety of human rights issues as they search for those that spark their interest.

The lessons include: Introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human RightsVideo interpretations of the Universal Declaration of Human RightsCreating your own original interpretation of the Universal Declaration of Human RightsOpening your eyes and ears to human rights issuesFinding inspiration and motivation in the words and work of others.  Using writing to think about, challenge, and question the world and more. 

The University of Minnesota has an excellent reputation for human rights resources.  They have a resource guide online that is extremely well-done , and have co-sponsored a project for supporting K-12 human rights education statewide, specifically in Minnesota, called  “This is My Home” and the toolkit materials they developed can be found here: