Do I have to pay for this curriculum and these tools?
Peace First is making these resources available to educators, youth service providers and families free of charge. We welcome you to download, use and share these tools with your students and colleagues – we only ask that you register first which takes less than a minute. We would also like to hear from you on how to improve your experience, and the tools, on the Digital Activity Center.
What are the benefits of registering for the Digital Activity Center (DAC)?
Only registered users can download our free tools and resources - over 140 lesson plans and an equal number of cooperative games and activities to teach and model peacemaking. Also, by registering, you will become part of a national network of teachers, families and youth service providers who are committed to youth peacemaking. Soon, you will receive updates about the latest resources and features we will be adding to the DAC over the coming months.
How do we know the Peace First curriculum works?
Peace First has 20 years of experience developing tools for students and educators and delivering our curriculum in schools across the country. By intervening at a critical young age (starting at age 3 or 4) and continuing over time, the Peace First model makes a deep and lasting impact on young people. When Peace First is delivered in every classroom in a school, schools become engines for sustaining this change over time, nurturing students who give back to their community, communicate effectively across lines of difference, resolve conflicts peacefully, and succeed socially and academically.
Peace First gathers annual evaluation data using students and school staff surveys and school records. Our quantitative data as well as reports from principals indicate that Peace First has effectively helped students learn and use social-emotional and peacemaking skills to help create a safer, more respectful school climate. Peace First schools reports show consistently high attendance (above 90%) and consistently low incidences of office referrals. In our most recent national evaluation:
Students report being 202% more likely to calmly resolve disagreements with their peers at the end of their year with Peace First than at the beginning
76% of students reported that they always/often wanted to do something to help when they hear about people who are sad or lonely
Teachers report that their students were 145% less likely to exclude each other from groups or games by the end of their year with Peace First
Students also reported that Peace First helped them improve their peacemaking behavior, as well as their commitment to school – a key factor in academic success. They reported that Peace First helped them: understand how other people feel (95%); cooperate and share with others (97%); include other students in games or groups (94%); improve their school work (95%); want to come to school more (84%).
How can I bring Peace First to my school or program?
Peace First is growing through partnerships with schools and organizations across the nation and is always interested in talking to invested teachers and school/program leaders who would like to partner with us. Over the years, we have learned that our work in teaching peacemaking is more effective when an entire school or program participates and is invested in the results. Please contact us and we look forward to exploring ways to deepen your connection to Peace First.