About Us - Recent Activities
IN MEMORIAM Christine Louise Lamm, 1948 - 2013
A beloved member of CEASE and a life long peace and social justice activist.
Chris Lamm described herself as an eclectic grassroots organizer and collaborator. She made a difference in the lives of all she encountered - family, friends, colleagues, students, and children. More . . .
June 2015 PEACE Annual Leadership Retreat
This year, the annual retreat in the Leadership of P.E.A.C.E was held in Truro, Massachusetts. Our main discussion this year evolved around the question, “Who are we now AND what are we doing?” We spent time on listening to the different perspectives and needs we see in the communities surrounding us. Besides our main discussion on how we will continue our advocacy, we came to the consensus to emphasize a focus on social media such as Twitter and Facebook, to increase our membership. We attended to details relating to our finances, continuing our Mini Grant Projects, our partnership with DEY, and information regarding our upcoming NAEYC conference in Orlando.
P.E.A.C.E. Recent Activities
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
For activities in 2014 and earlier, see our Archives page.