The story behind the making of Big Book: Pages for Peace has generated growing interest in global communities and the Board of Directors is pleased to share two recent opportunities that have featured our project this fall: Childhood Explorer magazine and the 2016 Global Education Conference. Collaborating with educational initiatives is a major goal of our foundation as we continue to spread the message of creating a more peaceful world.
Childhood Explorer is an online publication that focuses specifically on the experience of childhood around the world. Its pages feature informative and inspirational stories about childhood and about projects and campaigns that provide quality education, care, and support to children and youth in diverse communities and circumstances. It is published by the Association for Childhood Education International, headquartered in Washington, D.C. Stacey Chilcoat wrote the extensive article for the fall issue, and it is beautifully laid out complete with pictures and compelling quotes and can be read at http://www.childhoodexplorer.org/new-page-3. ACEI will be promoting the article via social media and email in the coming weeks and we are continuing to collaborate with them on an article about our foundation for their print journal.
The Pages for Peace Foundation was also invited to be keynote speakers at the 2016 Global Education Conference which took place from November 13 – November 16 online around the world. The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels, with over 25,000 members. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity. The conference presents ideas, examples, and projects related to connecting educators and classrooms with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real–world problems. Anne Polaski, Susan Colt-Willcox, and Diane Repaal presented a one hour, live webinar session on November 14, which included a power point slide show detailing many of the highlights of the 12 year project, a tribute to Betsy Sawyer, and the current goals of the Peace Club. Many of the photos used were from the comprehensive collection of our photographer, Karen Riggert. We were honored to be featured at this conference and hope our project will continue to foster connections with other educators. The full keynote session is available on Youtube at https://youtu.be/ShUYJVRi8YU.