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Building a Just and Sustainable World    December 2007
spacer Voices in Wartime graphic: Imagine a Culture of Peace. Designed by Craig Kosak.
Dear Educators,
I continue to hear from you that you look to YES! for stories to inspire your students that a peaceful world is possible. Here are curriculum resources from YES!, from Voices in Wartime, and others that offer ways to get your students thinking and taking action on peace.

I think you'll love our next issue of YES! on Solutions to Climate Change. Be sure to encourage your teaching colleagues to sign up for a free YES! teacher subscription and please don't forget to renew your own subscription (put “TAL” in the code box).

Kay Hubbard, Education Outreach Manager, YES! MagazinePeace,

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Kay Hubbard
Education Outreach Manager, YES! Magazine

P.S. Forward this newsletter to friends and colleagues, and help expand the network of teachers saying YES!
Your Stories
Rob Atkinson
Students Unite for a Department of Peace
Southwestern University student Rob Atkinson describes his commitment to peace and involvement with the Student Peace Alliance. Share Rob’s empowering story about the national student campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace with your students.
YES! video icon  VIDEO  Watch Rob Atkinson talk about the campaign

MORE OF YOUR STORIES: students take the lead on climate change in the Cool School Campaign; Sixth Grade girls talk about Immigration and innovative teaching methods in action on Sustainability.
Please send us your stories of inspiring teaching to share with our growing network of YES! teachers.
YES! Highlights
Image from the documentary Voices in Wartime Voices in Wartime logo

Voices in Wartime is a feature-length documentary that sharply etches the experience of war through powerful images and the words of poets, soldiers, journalists, and others.

The Voices in Wartime Education Project offers four thematic curriculum modules that approach teaching about the experience of war using the film and additional resources. Below are poets, included or mentioned in the Voices in Wartime film, reflecting on their experience with war.

See the trailer, resources and in-depth curriculum tools.

Photo strip of Poets featured in the Voices of Wartime project

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YES! on Peace
An on-line chronology of articles from YES! about peacemaking, non-violent communication and youth peace makers.
Cover image of Making Peace
YES! Making Peace: Healing a Violent World
If you’ve ever wondered if peace is possible, this book of peacemaking stories is for you.
YES! Classroom Tools
Robert Shetterly's portraits of Dwight Eisenhower and Muhammad Ali
Read chosen quotes by Dwight Eisenhower and Muhammad Ali

Americans Who Tell the Truth
Two men from vastly different backgrounds offer inspiring quotes on peace. Here are two portraits by Rob Shetterly that will get your students talking about the impact of war and why wars are fought. We also have curriculum tools for using these portraits, quotes, and biographies.
The Page That Counts
The Page That Counts
Ask your students what makes 13 to 24 year olds happy and then show them our surprising statistics to get them talking about happiness and what it means to them.

Two girls participate in Seeds of Peace, Photo by Clemens Kalisher
Eight Steps to Teach Peace
Here are some practical and creative ideas to pass on to your students about making peace at home, at school, in nature, in their community, and in the world.

Cover image of YES! Magazine issue 43 Stand Up to Corporate Power
Protecting Our Commons
Ask your students to consider what it is that we all want to value and protect. This interactive graphic will get them thinking about the commons, and their role in protecting it.
Connect and Engage
More in-depth curriculum resources on teaching peace and non-violence.

Archbiship Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama. Photo by Dave Hannah.
Peace Jam – Change Starts Here Curriculum
Here are innovative curriculum ideas that link learning about peace, justice, and positive change with the lives of Nobel Peace Laureates like Desmond Tutu. The Peace Jam Foundation offers standards-based curricular resources for use with students K-college.

Illustration by Anita Kunz. From the cover of Teaching Tolerance magazine, Fall 2007
Teaching Tolerance
Teaching Tolerance provides educators with free educational materials that promote respect for differences and appreciation of diversity in the classroom and beyond. Read their online magazine published twice yearly and subscribe to their e-newsletter.

EFNV graphic. Gandhi and chalkboard
Educators for NonViolence
Educators for NonViolence offers curriculum resources (K-16), bibliographies on nonviolent education, an annual conference and teacher trainings.

Refugee camp in Darfur
Darfur: Teaching About the Issues
Here are teacher and student guides about the conflict in Darfur with stories from young people about their daily lives, the fears they face, and their hopes for the future. These lessons are appropriate for students age 13 and older.

Poems from YES! Magazine
This poetic vision of peace comes from young Cameron Penny, who is featured in the Voices in Wartime film.

If you are lucky...
Cameron Penny, 4th Grade, Michigan

If you are lucky in this life
A window will appear on a battlefield between two armies
And when soldiers look into the window
They don't see their enemies
They see themselves as children
And they stop fighting
And go home and go to sleep.
When they wake up, the land is well again.

YES! Magazine #32—Winter 2005

Nardin and Barra' Asleh, sister and brother of Asel Asleh, 17-year old slain Palestinian Israeli. Photo by Beverly Boos
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INDEX: in this issue
How to Get More YES!
YES! Magazine covers
National Teach-In
National Teach-In map. Focus the Nation graphic
Jan 31: Focus the Nation on Global Warming Solutions
Create a teach-in at your school along with thousands of educators across the country. Resources and teach-in model here.

Launch the Teach-In by joining an interactive webcast on the evening of January 30th, with Van Jones, Hunter Lovins, and Stanford climate scientist Stephen Schneider.

The 2% Solution. Focus the Nation graphic
YES! in Spanish
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Maestros y profesores de español

Golden Kids youth reporter working at Search for Common Ground in Liberia. Get your students thinking and talking about telenovelas as a way to promote peace. ¿Pueden las telenovelas salvar el mundo? is available in Spanish and English for your intermediate and advanced students.
YES! Web Picks
image from Robert Cray's music video “Twenty”, featuring the Eyes Wides Open Boots exhibit Watch Robert Cray's poignant new music video “Twenty” featuring the Eyes Wide Open Boots exhibit.

Orchard in San José de Apartadó.  Photo by Aileen Nowlan Seven inspiring stories of people being the change, including villagers in war-torn Colombia saying “yes” to peace.

Visual Learning
Cesar Lopez
People We Love
Meet César López, who spreads peace through music and makes guitars out of guns.

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