Peace Works: Teacher Toolkit

Marquette University Peace Works is a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum designed to give students practical skills linked with academic and social success. These strategies allow students to respond to obstacles in peaceful and self-productive ways.

This toolkit provides teachers a practical, adaptable online platform based on evidence-based methods to teach skills and dispositions that cultivate peaceful mindsets and actions while promoting resilience and coping practices. 

The toolkit is designed for flexible implementation. One topic per week over a one-year time frame is recommended. Each teacher guide section contains a standard 45-minute lesson plan. Teachers can modify or create their own lesson plan using activities from each section. Additional resources can connect the lesson topic to other academic subjects or be used at home as a family activity. 

Toolkit layout

The Peace Works curriculum consists of 30 topics listed along the right-hand toolbar. Each topic contains the following:

  • Introduction – Description of lesson.
  • Teacher guide – Suggested 45-minute lesson plan and religious education options.
  • Check in activities – Connecting with students to see how they are doing.
  • Opening activities – Introducing the topic.
  • Main activities – Real life applications and examples.
  • Closing activities – Discussion centered on comprehension and integration of the lesson to student’s lives.
  • Additional resources – A list of additional resources that align with the topic.

Toolkit access

Use the sidebar on the right to start exploring toolkit topics. Links will be added to the topic titles as they are available.

Access to documents on each of the toolkit pages is restricted to Peace Works partners. If you are interested in becoming a Peace Works partner school or educator, please contact Sherri Walker. If you are already a Peace Works partner school or educator and have questions regarding the toolkit, please contact Sherri Walker.