Valencia’s Peace and Justice Institute Wins $25,000 Grant to Provide Teacher Training

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Orlando, FL – Valencia College’s Peace and Justice Institute has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Central Florida Foundation’s Better Together Fund to launch the PJI Academy for Teachers, a weeklong teacher development program for early learning through post-secondary teachers.

Schools and organizations participating in the inaugural class of the Academy include: Early Learning Coalition of Orange County; OCPS Academic Center for Excellence, a K-8 public school in Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood; Princeton Elementary in College Park; Park Maitland School, a K-6 independent school; Orange County Academy, a K-12 school in Bithlo founded by United Global Outreach; Boone High School; and Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, N.Y.

“The goal of the project is to transform the inner life of teachers so as to impact their classrooms and the learning outcomes for students,” said Rachel Allen, director of Valencia’s Peace and Justice Institute. “The ultimate goal is to create more respectful, compassionate and loving citizens – which is why we’ve included training for those who care for children from birth through post-secondary education.”

The grant funds will be used for curriculum development and facilitation of the PJI Teacher Academy, a 40-hour teacher development workshop, and will provide stipends for attendees during the pilot course.

About Valencia’s Peace and Justice Institute:

The goal of the Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College is to promote a culture of peace and understanding within our community – one where conflict leads to growth and transformation rather than violence or aggression. Since 2008, the Institute has offered a robust calendar of events, courses and faculty development opportunities. To learn more about PJI, please visit

About Central Florida Foundation:

Central Florida Foundation serves as the region’s community foundation and is home to more than 400 charitable funds. The Foundation manages and invests funds, offers personalized service and expert giving advice, connects caring people, businesses, governments and organizations to local initiatives that build and inspire community, and empowers them to make informed decisions that make a difference now and in the future. Central Florida Foundation works with individuals, families, businesses, professional advisors and nonprofits. For more information on the Foundation, please visit


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