P eace: our primary purpose,
E ducators, parents and others….
A llied in a network of activists for:
E verywhere: The children and families we work with, and all other children, for they all deserve to live and thrive in peace.
P.E.A.C.E., formerly known as CEASE, is a network of parents, teachers and other concerned individuals dedicated to helping young children and their caregivers develop and thrive in peace and well being.
1. Tell our leaders to use their words, not their weapons, and to put the weapon money to use in helping young children grow. Call (202) 224-3121 for Congress, or (202) 456-1111 for the President.
2. With a donation, please help the US Committee for UNICEF to help the far too many young children who are victims of war. Go to http://www.unicef.usa.org/donate.
3. A new report demonstrates conclusively that the common core standards harm children’s learning in Kindergarten.
P.E.A.C.E. is an action organization of volunteer members
P.E.A.C.E.is an action organization of volunteer members. We work with other organizations and individuals beyond the classroom door to help change policies so that the children we care for can grow up in a safer, friendlier world. We create, distribute, and recommend resources to further those purposes. Please help us continue our 35 years of this work.
P.E.A.C.E. Recent Activities
Spring 2015 P.E.A.C.E. News (Previously CEASE News)
CEASE at the 2014 NAEYC Conference in Dallas, Texas.
This year, our CEASE session “Sensitive Issues: Responses teachers need when children reveal realities experienced in their lives” was well attended. Our presenters Craig Simpson, Joyce Daniels, Marilyn Shelton, Veronica Hernandez, Lucy Stroock, and Karin Pavelek were inspired to present this subject by using our own classroom experiences. We proposed the following sensitive issues as examples: sexuality, gender, divorce, terminal illness, death, drugs, and violence. In our discussion we emphasized the importance of the word “sensitive”, since this word can be interpreted differently per individual.
We shared 3 stories that occurred in or outside the classroom and presented the audience with queries that provoked informative round table discussions; Fran Roznowski offered support by facilitating one of the tables. Marilyn Shelton developed a checklist and resources for teachers; this will support them to become pro-active when any of these issues occur. The list as well as the resources has been posted on the conference website.
CEASE member and Defending the Early Years (DEY) senior advisor, Diane Levin, presented the NAEYC session “Beyond remote-controlled teaching and learning: Reclaiming early education from misguided academic mandates”. This session focused on the impact of media and technology on children’s learning, and how we can counteract by teaching young children through creative play and problem-solving.
CEASE member and Defending the Early Years (DEY) member Fran Roznowski, presented “Children and families who know about prison, need teachers to know about prison”. This session provided guided support to teachers and other professionals by providing them with appropriate approaches to use with caregivers and children in the classroom.
CEASE and Defending the Early Years (DEY) member Geralyn McLaughlin presented "Defending the early years' toolkit: Resources to help you advocate for appropriate practices for young children". This session provided an online toolkit for Early Childhood Activist. Today, we see more and more early childhood classrooms that have been added to the public schools, where the administration may or may not have an early childhood background. This session discussed the issues that occur and what early childhood teachers can do by using this toolkit.
CEASE member and founder of Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC) Susan Linn presented "Nurturing play, creativity, and learning in the 21st century: New challenges for early childhood professionals and how to meet them." This session emphasized the importance of nurturing hands-on, creative play in our today's society. Play is crucial for creativity, constructive problem solving, compassion, and critical thinking--all essential to learning and thriving in the 21st century. Strategies were discussed on how to help parents nurture play at home as well as the links between play and the skills necessary for 21st century success.
CEASE Annual Peace Awards
We honored Geralyn B McLaughlin and Tony Palomba for their dedication and commitment to CEASE.
Lucy Stroock honoring Geralyn B McLaughlin
Lucy Stroock and Craig Simpson
honoring Tony Palomba
CEASE Conference Meeting
The first topic of discussion involved our name change. Lucy informed the group that we received a majority of proxy votes in favor of changing our name from CEASE to P.E.A.C.E.: Peace Educators Allied for Children Everywhere. Marilyn Shelton shared positive reactions she received during other Interest Form meetings during the conference about our name change. Anarella Cellitti expressed sadness: "The motivators and creators are not here with us anymore. I feel that part of CEASE is dying off by changing the name." After the open discussion, we all agreed to change our name in accordance with the proxy votes, and accept the changes in our statement of purposes and our focus for future action. The next topic of discussion centered on choosing a topic for the 2015 NAEYC Conference in Orlando, Florida. We decided to focus on two topics: “Peace Educators” (i.e., peace camps, peace studies with teachers, and giving children a safe environment in disaster areas) and “Children and Nature” (i.e., gardening, nature schools). We are looking forward to collaborating with members from DEY and EPCC (Educators for Peaceful Classrooms and Communities).
Marilyn Shelton and Lucy Stroock at the Interest Forum
June 2014 CEASE Annual Leadership Retreat
The leadership of CEASE held its annual retreat in Nevada City, CA. hosted by our CEASE West members. We began our retreat by gathering around the sculpture of “A Circle of Friends” and sharing remembrances of our dear, departed mentor and friend, Chris Lamm. We also welcomed a newcomer into our circle who was a mentee of Chris’s.
We spent a good part of our retreat reflecting on whether or not we have the energy and resources to continue in the role of change-agent in the six primary action focus areas and 23 sub-focus areas listed on our webpage. We each affirmed the importance of CEASE in our lives and our genuine wish to continue working together. After an extensive discussion and participation in an Affinity Diagram exercise, we came to consensus that our primary shared interest was in Peace Education. From there we agreed upon focusing our organizations’ purpose and actions. A thorough description of the outcome of these deliberations can be found in the article written by John Surr on page 3 of this Fall Packet. As we create a more realistic focus for our efforts, we are grateful for and enthusiastically support our closely allied organizations, Defending the Early Years (DEY), Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment (TRUCE) and Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC) as they lead in our shared goals and values.
We attended to the multitude of details related to maintaining our organization. We updated, rewrote and approved several policies, discussed our financial challenges, distributed the newly created “New Committee Member” handbooks and committed to actions we wished to take in the following year. We made suggestions for the focus of our 2015 newsletter and this Fall Packet. We also reflected on the complications of implementing the first CEASE mini-grant projects as well as celebrated the successes of those initial projects. We discussed improving our website in several ways. First, by simplifying our Take Action page; second, by making it clearer that we are a peace education organization; and finally by making the site interactive by including a blog. We had a lively discussion about the possibilities for community building and education by using a blog. We also discussed the benefits of updating our Facebook regularly. We reminded everyone to contribute to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/peace.educators
See our 2014 Fall Packet for information about CEASE activities at the 2013 NAEYC conference.
For activities in 2013 and earlier, see our Archives page.