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Dear Friends, 


The National Peace Academy is pleased to announce the "official" launch of the National Peacebuilding Peacelearning Certificate Program!  After nearly a year of piloting courses and developing partnerships, we are pleased to bring you a winter/spring line-up of eight dynamic and diverse workshops and courses to support your personal and professional development as a peacebuilder. 


The National Certificate Program is designed for those who are seeking to create positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world.  The program welcomes adult learners, peace professionals, community organizers, and those new to the field seeking to deepen their peace knowledge and gain practical peace and community building skills.   The program provides students with a holistic grounding in the theories and practices of peacebuilding and peacelearning.


Students can take one course or pursue a Certificate in Peacebuilding and Peacelearning by completing a course of study that includes practical experiences for putting learning into action.  Through diverse partnerships with leading peacebuilding and training institutions (universities, NGOs, and community organizations across the United States), students are able to pursue a unique course of study most relevant to their personal and professional needs and interests. The program is comprised of accessible and affordable distance learning opportunities and in-person short courses.  


We are pleased to be collaborating again this winter with the Metta Center for Nonviolence in California; TechChange (The Institute for Technology and Social Change) in DC; Adelphi University in New York; and Teachers Without Borders.  We are also excited to announce our new partnerships with the Center for the Study of Conflict, Collaboration and Creative Governance at the University of Colorado; the Center for Collaborative Communication in New York; the Yarbrough Group in Boulder, CO; Pax Educare, the Connecticut Center for Peace Education; and No More Tears in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  These partnerships are supporting us in seeding hubs for peacelearning in communities across the country.  


Our winter lineup is just a sneak preview of the National Certificate Program's potential, which we anticipate will steadily increase in its diversity of offerings, venues, and partnerships as the program continues to grow. We hope to see you in the classroom in 2012!



Tony Jenkins, Director of Education

National Peacebuilding Peacelearning Certificate Program

Winter / Spring 2012 Offerings


Introduction to Peace Education: A Course for Educators  

Dates:  January 30-March 26, 2012 (5 hours of commitment each week) 
Location:  Online course  Conducted by: Teachers Without Borders 

Course Description: The Teachers Without Borders Introduction to Peace Education supports educators in their professional development as peace educators and connects them with like-minded colleagues around the world through a supportive virtual learning environment. The 8-week online course consists of three modules that provide a strong foundation in peace education theory and invite participants to explore ways in which they can put peace education into practice. Module 1 explores peace education theory through its history, definitions, and core concepts. Module 2 focuses on the scope of peace education, and encompasses different approaches to the field. Module 3 emphasizes the practice of peace education, including pedagogy, communication, and how to promote a culture of peace in your school and community.  Read more...


workshopConsidering the Relations of Peace and (environmental) Governance

Dates: February 16-17, 2012

Location: Boulder, CO
Conducted by:   The Center for the Study of Conflict, Collaboration and Creative Governance at the University of Colorado
Course Description: The National Peace Academy is pleased to announce a course in partnership with the Center for the Study of Conflict, Collaboration and Creative Governance at the University of Colorado.  A full course description is coming soon.  Read more...



Solving Unsolvable Conflicts: Conflict Management Using Polarity Thinking

Dates: February 20-21, 2012
Location: Boulder, CO
Conducted by:   Yarbrough Group   Instructor:   Dr. Elaine Yarbrough 
Course Description:  Conflicts become complex quickly: at the personal, organizational, and societal levels.   Often agreements do not stick, are not sustainable, and can even make the situation worse because the conflict is diagnosed in ways that do not reflect the interdependence of the issues. Polarity thinking is a lense that frames issues in interdependent pairs, e.g., stability AND change, self AND other, task AND relationship,  and a tool that allows all parties to understand  their interests will be supported through visible action steps.  Polarity Thinking helps prevent polarization.   Read more...



Hearing Others and Being Heard: Authentic, Collaborative Communication (NVC) 

Dates: March 3-4, 2012

Location:  Adelphi University, Manhattan Center (New York, NY)
Conducted by:  Center for Collaborative Communication in partnership with Adelphi University 
Course Instructors:  Dian Killian, Ph.D
Course Description:  Do you want to know what the backbone of consensus is? Democratic decision-making, consenses, and conflict resolution are based on all parties fully hearing each other. In this upcoming course, learn to listen effectively, ask questions, speak up clearly for your needs, and deal with conflict productively.  So...would you like to build your proactive and collaborative communication skills?  Would you like to learn to see human interaction - both celebrations and conflict - as an opportunity for self-learning, connection with others, and to generate new ways of moving forward? Are you ever frustrated that people don't see your side?  Do you wish you had better tools to deal with conflict more effectively? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this foundational program in Compassionate, Nonviolent Communication is for you!  Read more...


workshopBuilding Resilience In a Time of Transition: Imaging a Fossil Free Future

Dates: April 21-22, 2012

Location:  Adelphi University, Manhattan Center (New York, NY)
Conducted by:  Pax Educare, The Connecticut Center for Peace Education 
Course Instructors:  Mary Lee Morrison and Tony Jenkins
Course Description:  "The rise and fall of images of the future precedes or accompanies the rise and fall of cultures. As long as a society's image is positive and flourishing, the flower of culture is in full bloom. Once the image begins to decay and lose its vitality, however, the culture does not long survive" (Fred Polak, Dutch futurist, translated by E. Boulding, 1973).   Images of the future motivate behavior in the present, according to historical, cultural and psychological evidence (E Boulding, 1988). We cannot work for a world we cannot imagine. In this time of transition of our global planet, it seems imperative that we develop the capacity to vision a world very different from that we now know and inhabit, and move beyond fear and despair. Based on the work of futurists Elise Boulding, Warren Zeigler and others, participants in this "futures workshop" will work together to construct a positive world 30 years into the future and, through several visualization techniques and analysis, create action steps for the present to work toward this imaged world.   Read more...


workshopBuilding Peace in Every Home: Understanding, Responding to, and Preventing Domestic and Dating Violence

Dates: April 28-29, 2012
Location:  Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Conducted by:  No More Tears  Course Instructors:   Laura L. Finley, Ph.D. 
Course Description:  This course will provide attendees with an in-depth understanding of the scope and extent of domestic and dating violence, both in the US and globally. It will examine victim and offender characteristics and review theories that attempt to explain abuse. Additionally, the course will draw attention to the many barriers to leaving abusers and the short and long-term impact of abuse on victims and their children. Finally, the course will review legal and non-legal responses and will highlight best practices in both responding to and preventing abuse.  Read more...


workshop Tech Tools and Skills for Emergency Management

Dates: To Be Announced (expectation of 5 hours of commitment each week)
Location: Online course
Conducted by:   TechChange: The Institute for Technology and Social Change
Course Instructors: Nick Martin, Co-founder and President of TechChange
Course Description: This three-week online professional development certificate course will explore how new communication and mapping technologies are being used to respond to disasters, create early warning mechanisms, improve coordination efforts and much more. From the earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti and Japan to the monitoring of election violence in countries like Kenya this course will consider a variety of real world examples from organizations working in the field and analyze some of the key challenges related to access, implementation, scale, and verification that working with new technology presents. The course is designed to assist professionals in developing concrete strategies and technological skills to work amid this rapidly evolving landscape.  Read more...


workshopSpecial Course with the Metta Center for Nonviolence: Title to be Announced

Dates: To be Announced 
Location:  Petaluma, CA
Conducted by:   Metta Center for Nonviolence  Course Instructors: Michael Nagler, Metta Center President and Professor emeritus and founder of Peace and Conflict Studies Program, UC Berkeley; Stephanie Van Hook, Metta Center Executive Director and adjunct faculty at Portland State University
Course Description:  The National Peace Academy is pleased to announce that it is continuing its partnership with the Metta Center for Nonviolence.  A course is now being planned for winter/spring 2012 and a description of the workshop will be posted soon.   Read more...

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