To help create a more peaceful world, the mission of PeaceMaker Minnesota is to help schools be safer places, free from bullying and harassment, and to help youth  learn positive relation skills like empathy, respect, cooperation and how to resolve conflicts peacefully.

 

Preparing to Fund More Schools

At the end of May PeaceMaker will pay $100 to teachers that documented the delivery of nearly weekly Olweus Bullying Prevention Program classroom meetings or all of the lessons of Second Step, a social emotional learning curriculum.

 

A priority for PeaceMaker Minnesota is to support schools in fully implementing evidence-based programs.  Research shows that both Olweus and Second Step are effective at reducing bullying and aggressive behaviors in youth. 

 

As a part of the Teacher – Team Support and Recognition service, PeaceMaker also provides $500 grants in June to partner schools that receive an award from the State of Minnesota for fully implementing the evidence-based program Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports.

 

 

Comments from participants in the  Teacher – Team Support & Recognition service include:

 

“Our teachers provide the Olweus lessons on a weekly basis. They stress the importance of relationships and how to solve problems proactively. This school year we have seen a significant decrease in suspension and students being able to use strategies they've learned to work through conflict.”  Jennifer Wilson, Principal, Cowern Elementary

 

“Our district has made a significant investment to ensure our students and staff are teaching and learning with social and emotional skills in mind. Our partnership with PeaceMaker MN has made possible both trauma-responsive training for our staff and Second Step curriculum learning for our students. In just our first year with Second Step being taught, we have seen a positive impact on our building culture.” Gabe Hackett, Principal at Little Mountain Elementary  

 

Our Middle School teachers especially appreciate having forty minutes a week to spend with their students building community, addressing bullying issues, and having fun together. Our school lives are otherwise so busy and academically driven. We love being able to devote this time solely to our students’ social and emotional well-being.” Martha Skold, Assistant Principal, Highland Catholic

 

Please sponsor a teacher or a school team making it a priority to implement evidence-based programming, by making a tax-deductible contribution here.

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