Peace & Justice Institute at Valencia College to Provide Teacher Training To Create Inclusive Classrooms

Friday, June 12, 2020

This summer, the Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College will offer a series of professional development workshops, aimed at teachers who want to create more inclusive, respectful classroom environments.

“The goal of the teacher academy is to provide a transformative experience for teachers to develop a greater understanding of self, so as to be able to more effectively teach all of our students in classrooms that feel safe, inclusive, and equitable.” 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.”

In June and July, PJI Academy for Teachers will hold two week-long sessions, which will be conducted online via Zoom. Each session will kick off with a “prelude” on Sunday from 7 to 8:30 p.m., which will be followed by daily sessions Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Session one will be held June 21-26. Session two will be held July 12-17.

These sessions will be both synchronous (live session via Zoom with facilitators and fellow participants) and asynchronous (activities that can be done on your own time, with access to materials from our online learning management platform, Canvas).

The teacher academy model is based on the works of Dr. Peggy McIntosh, Dr. Beverly Tatum and Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, each of whom has collaborated with the Peace & Justice Institute in the past.

Part of the PJI model is connecting in community during the week. We are creating authentic and supportive learning through our experience with virtual mindfulness, music, art, and breakout rooms that have proven to be quite effective in uniting participants around our shared goals.

Registration is $800 per person. Scholarships are available. To apply, please visit

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