PeaceJam Juniors Curriculum

Grant Applicant
Marguerite Paras
School Site
Truckee Elementary
Grant Category
History/ Social Science
Life Skills & Health
Grant Date
Description (10 points)

Purchase the PeaceJam Junior Curriculum for our school. It is accessed online with videos, lesson plans, and downloadable information. 

Truckee Elementary School received an award for our Blended ELD model. When I attended training last summer in Sacramento, I learned of ways to enhance our Blended ELD program and our school  by incorporating the United Nations' Global Goals. The PeaceJam program is one way to expand our global awareness and add to our character education program. The PeaceJam Foundation offers a curriculum for elementary schools. The curriculum includes information and activities so students may learn about Nobel Peace Prize winners. There are also service learning and project based learning components. 

From their website:

The PeaceJam Foundation is an international organization whose mission statement is to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody. The PeaceJam program was launched in February 1996 by co-founders Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff to provide the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates with a programmatic vehicle to use in working together to teach youth the art of peace. This foundation supports young people working for change through peaceful acts, giving them a platform by which they can be heard.



Benefits of Program (10 points)

Truckee is a small rural town and our students have limited exposure to other cultures and regions of the world. Students will increase their global awareness and their conflict resolution skills by utilizing the PeaceJam curriculum. The curriculum "introduces young learners to the world through engaging literacy-based lessons that explore the lands, lives, cultures, and lessons of 14 heroes of peace with a step-by-step guide for engaging young students in service." 


Success of Program (10 points)

Students will have increased awareness of global issues, an understanding of social justice, increased compassion and empathy, an increased acceptance of diversity, and responsible decision making. The PeaceJam curriculum enhances our SecondStep program by broadening the scope from school to the world. 

Implementation (10 points)

The curriculum contains 15 chapters with biographies of 13 Nobel Peace Prize winners and Alfred Nobel. One chapter is for a service learning project. PeaceJam suggests that each grade study Alfred Nobel,  2 different Peace Prize winners, and a service learning project.  PeaceJam hopes to educate, inspire and create action. Each chapter contains suggested activities and literature across all subject areas, an assessment rubric, and links to more resources.

I hope to create a sequence for grades K-5 by utilizing the current state standards and determining which biography fits best. Teaching only 2 biographies in each grade will be doable. 

Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This grant will be shared school-wide. 

This is a one time purchase.
Amount Funded
Individual Budget Items(s)
$250 - PeaceJam Junior Curriculum
Other funding sources

Truckee Elementary received a grant for our Blended ELD program and those funds are for teacher training and collaboration. At this time these grant funds are not available for curriculum.