Cities Of Peace Case Study

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The Cities of Peace Teach-In Series honors a youth-led, intergenerational, and trauma-informed approach to teaching and learning. We will be using the tenets of popular education, rooted in the praxis of action and reflection to co-create knowledge grounded in research and lived experience. We will be practicing critical pedagogy aimed at deconstructing systems of oppression and domination to lift up narratives of resistance and strategies for healing. We will interrogate histories of structural and interpersonal violence through a trauma-informed lense which acknowledges the intersections of trauma and oppression and aims to transform harm into healing. We invite collaboration, risk-taking, resource sharing, and the exploration of
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Youth facilitators will partner with cultural organizations and invite artists, activists, and scholars to co-create opportunities for action and reflection within each learning module. Participating educators will receive curriculum chapters to read in advance of each workshop and will be expected to create lesson plans which will incorporate the curriculum and trauma-informed facilitation strategies into their own learning spaces. We will utilize shared Google Doc and a private Facebook page to share our learnings, challenges, and support one another, and envision ways to deepen our practice and make it accessible for learners and educators who are unable to physically share space with us at this time.
We believe in teaching culturally relevant history, uncovering systems of power, and highlighting struggles for liberation. However, we realize that historical narratives particularly around issues of structural and interpersonal violence may present content that is triggering and even re-traumatizing for both students and educators. We recognize that trauma experienced by students, their community, as well as trauma inherited genetically from their parents and grandparents is
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TRIGGER
An experience that causes someone to recall a past traumatic memory.
This might be a sights, sound, smell, touch, or taste.
STRESSOR
Something that creates an increase in adrenaline that then triggers your internal stress response mechanism. Think iceberg of emotions: a buildup of negative emotion which peaks to a response, usually anger.
A TRAUMA-INFORMED PR ACTICE
• Aims to avoid re-victimization
• Believes many problem behaviors began as understandable attempts to cope
• Strives to maximize choices for the survivor and control over the healing process
• Understands each survivor in the context of life experiences and cultural background (Alvarez and Sloan, 2010)
HEALING JUSTICE
• Transforming the institutions and relationships that are causing harm in the first place (Wallace 2010)
• Collectively healing and building hope (Ginwright, 2016)
PR ACTICES OF RESILIENCY
• A vigorous approach to life
• A sense of meaningfulness
• An internal locus of control (vs. external)
• A way to conceptualize this is the “ability of a person to bounce back from challenges through feelings of control, commitment and the ability to see change as a challenge.” (Phelps et al.,

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