Bringing Nonviolence Back to School: Teacher Resources from the Metta Center

If you are a teacher, you are probably wondering where the summer went (they always go by so fast!) and are also in the process of finalizing your curriculum for the 2013-14 school year. As you start your lesson planning, now is a great time to think about how to integrate nonviolence into your teaching!

The Metta Center has a number of resources to help you get started:Power within

Youth Violence Prevention Series:  This new series of videos and companion workbook featuring NBA basketball player Metta World Peace seeks to help youth reach their highest potential through the study and practice of nonviolence. Themes include creating a positive vision, developing concentration skills, healthy living, active listening, understanding nonviolence, and community action. The curriculum includes a teacher’s guide and series of lesson plans that accompany the videos. We are also hosting a live webinar on Saturday, August 24th at 11am Pacific time to share ways you can use this curriculum. Click here to register! (A recording of the webinar will be available if you cannot attend).

A Week of Nonviolence: High School Curriculum
This curriculum for high school students provides a strong foundation in the practice and principles of nonviolence, and is connected to Common Core Standards for history and social studies for grades 9-12. Themes include nonviolence basics, media, social movements, and bullying.

Nonviolence Currents Lesson Plans: Our Nonviolence Currents lesson plan series bridges nonviolence and current events in the high schol classroom. The lesson plans use a news article from sources such as Waging Nonviolence and YES! Magazine to consider how we can apply nonviolence to today’s most pressing issues. We will continue to add new Nonviolence Currents throughout the school year – stay tuned!WNV Newtown

Teaching Peace: the Nonviolent Classroom is the conference guide from the 2008 Educators for Nonviolence summer conference, and includes numerous lesson plans and resources for educators. Also see the blog Setting the Stage: A Nonviolent Classroom by Michael Nagler.

My Life is My Message Questionnaire is a great resource to use with your students to have them self-reflect on their daily lives, goals, and the life they want to live.

The Five Pillars of Education: For your teaching inspiration, listen to Michael Nagler’s talk on the five pillars of education, and consider how you can integrate these principles into your teaching this year. For added self-reflection, complete the Five Pillars chart (and feel free to share your answers with us – send them to

Stay tuned for our next post on outside resources that we highly recommend for bringing nonviolence into your classroom.

If you have any questions about these resources, comments, or ideas for bringing nonviolence into the classroom that you would like to share, please email us at We would love to hear from you!