The AFSC Los Angeles Peace Education Program offers Human Rights resources, training and professional development for K-12 educators. Each year, our office facilitates a Human Rights Education workshop for Los Angeles United School District (LAUSD) teachers through the United Teachers of Los Angeles salary-point system.
The workshop is designed to build teachers' fundamental knowledge and understanding of human rights. Teachers in the two-day workshop explore the global, national and local dimensions of human rights issues. The workshop also uses case studies from Los Angeles to understand how human rights abuses affect local communities. Some of the human rights issues addressed in the workshop include:
- Environmental Sustainability
- Economic Justice
- The Media
- Child Soldiers and Youth in the Military
- Human Trafficking
In the workshop, teachers are provided with materials and assistance in developing their own lesson plans to strengthen content competence and to develop grade and subject-appropriate curriculum. It is through the workshop that teachers become better equipped to encourage tolerance and peace building among their students and to help them appreciate the critical role human rights plays in the everyday lives of people here and elsewhere in the world.