4th Annual Teaching Peace in Texas Schools Conference

Saturday - October 11, 2008

St. Martin's Lutheran Church
Austin, TX


We apologize that this year's conference had to be canceled due to lack of registrations. Thank you to our keynote speaker, presenters and volunteers who put a tremenduos amount of effort into planning for the conference. We hope to still present this conference at some future date.


brochure here (.pdf)

Join educators from throughout the state to learn new strategies and find new ways to build more peaceful and violence-free Texas schools. Participate in the latest workshops, learn from speakers, and gather materials for peace and nonviolence education in our state.

Workshop categories include: Creating a Culture of Peace, Personal Peace, Nonviolence Curriculum, Teaching Strategies, and Alternative Options for Youth.

2008 Cosponsors: Austin Center for Peace & Justice, Texans for Peace

Conference Schedule

8:30-9:00 am - Registration

9:00 am - Welcome

9:30-10:30 - Concurrent Workshops

10:45-11:45 - Workshops Cont.

12:00-1:15 - Lunch and Special Program

1:30-2:30 - Concurrent Workshops

2:45-3:45 - Workshops Cont.

4:00-4:30 - Closing Keynote

Keynote Speaker - Jennifer DeLeon

Jennifer DeLeon, college graduate, wife, mother, anti-gang activist, recently testified before Congress on matters related to gang prevention. In the 1990's, Jennifer was a petulant young gang member, taking part in gang rituals and bullying other students. She'll talk about how she turned her life around and how hope for other young people is within sight.

In addiition to the plenary keynote by DeLeon, there will be a luncheon address by John Kelley, speaking on "The Line: how economic and societal forces can push young people over the edge into antisocial behavior"

Workshop and Presenters (see page 2)

The Need for Peace-filled Schools

Students cannot learn and teachers cannot teach effectively if they do not feel safe. According to the Texas Education Agencey (TEA) and the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission (TJPC), "tens of thousands of Texas students are referred each year for school violence."

Teachers and administrators are often frustrated with the lack of appropriate materials, lesson plans, and activities that can be incorporated within their curricula so that students can learn age-appropriate nonviolent techniques and understanding.

In 1995 the Texas Legislature, concerned about safety in school, adopted a new state policy requiring that each school create alternative education programs. While the focus of these programs has been on student disciplinary options there remains a need for comprehensive curricular approaches to the issue of violence.

Texas Educators Can Make the Difference

A primary goal of Texans for Peace is to work with educators throughout the state to make schools more peaceful and violence-free. We help educators - the ones making a difference every day in children's lives - through workshops, educational materials, and advocacy as part of our overall mission to support Texans who believe in peace and social justice.

Join with us and educators throughout Texas. (MAP AND DIRECTIONS). We'll look forward to seeing you at this important and exciting conference!

"Education is the vaccine for violence." - Edward James Olmos

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Tables are available for $25 for like-minded organizations.


You can purchase an ad in our program and help support Texans for Peace outreach efforts to the educational community. Ads start at only $50.

Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers to help with all aspects of this conference. If you would like to volunteer contact Alyssa Burgin aburgin @ texansforpeace.org