After recently acquiring an international social-emotional learning program, Peace Learning Center reached out to the University of Indianapolis School of Education for help modernizing the curriculum.
Peace Learning Center is an Indianapolis-based non-profit that has impacted the lives of more than 230,000 people locally and internationally. As a community educational institution, the Center promotes healthy learning, workplace, and community environments.
School of Education Dean John Kuykendall said he is excited about the positive impact of the partnership.
“Social-emotional learning develops skills that help students be successful in class and in life. Helping teachers learn to take time to build resiliency in students improves academic performance and reduces discipline problems.”
Dr. Elizabeth Turner, instructor and Dr. Sarah Wareham, assistant professor, of the University of Indianapolis School of Education are involved in the project. They worked with Peace Learning Center to develop an action plan to implement the partnership that includes:
- Peace Learning Circles training for education majors that will give students a chance to implement social emotional learning lessons in classrooms gaining firsthand facilitator experience early.
- Conferences and online training and development opportunities for graduates and professionals from around the country and world.
- Peace Learning Circles training certification for University of Indianapolis School of Education graduates that will help them implement the program in their classroom and schools.
Funding for the partnership was made possible by a grant from the Lilly Endowment.