PeacePal provides students with global competence skills, including intercultural communication and understanding, preparing them to engage in issues of global significance.
As it becomes increasingly evident that what happens in one part of the world effects other parts of the world, young people preparing to enter the work force after their education need to develop additional skills. The capacity to investigate, understand and act across national borders on issues such as the global economy, multicultural work environments, climate change and global health issues--to name but a few--are fast becoming essential skills.
One aspect of global competence is cultural competence, which is defined as the ability of individuals and systems to work or respond effectively across cultures in a way that acknowledges and respects all cultures. PeacePal activities prepare students to more effectively interact with their peers, teachers, neighbors and family. Introducing students to the concepts of global and cultural competence will assist in their self-awareness, acceptance of, and ability to work with others.
Joining PeacePal takes a commitment to maintaining contact between your students and their PeacePal pen pals across the globe. Students are asked to write three to four thoughtful hand written letters each school year. We offer an Educator Training Handbook which provides lessons from our Peace Begins in Me curriculum, that is aligned with Common Core State Standards, as well as project based learning resources which streamline lesson planning. The letter writing lessons can be used for Language Arts; the cultural studies lessons apply to World History or Humanities; and the peaceful communication lessons are valuable for anti-bullying programs. We provide you with the Educator Training Handbook, letter templates, peer editing worksheets, and guidelines to writing a letter, providing structure for less confident writers. Our staff are available to support you throughout the process, provide training and answer questions.
We connect your students with peers across the globe. When students have authentic reasons to write to a real-life audience who will read and respond to what they have to say, they are much more motivated to write and write well. This curriculum provides just that: an audience of intriguing peers from another culture whose lives your students can explore through writing. Watching students receive and read letters from their PeacePal will be one of those experiences that make you glad you chose the teaching profession! Contact us now to find out more about joining PeacePal.
Teachers and school administrators in international locations can contact us to learn how to enroll in our program. We are not able to accept individual PeacePals at this time, and the teacher/classroom enrollment deadline for each school year is June 30th. We urge teachers to contact us in the spring or summer prior to a school year to discuss participating in our pen pal program. Please note that we update the program a little each year; the materials and country fact sheets to the left are subject to change.
*A digital copy of the full expanded curriculum is available upon request.
PLEASE NOTE: As of July 2014 the PeacePal program is full and is no longer accepting participants for the 2014-2015 school year. Please contact us in May of 2015 if you are interesting in joining our program for the 2015-2016 program year.
Educator Training Handbook (2014 Edition)
Student Application Form
Student Pre and Post Survey
Educator Post Survey
Country Fact Sheets
— The Dalai Lama