Refugees and migrants get off an overcrowded fishing boat onto the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea in October 2015. Photo credit Antonio Masiello via Zuma Press

High School Teachers Initiative

“Humanizing How We Teach and Learn about Violent Conflicts”

Based on overwhelming response to the groundbreaking pilot program in 2015, the Joiner Institute has launched an innovative project for the 2016-17 academic year titled "Humanizing How We Teach and Learn About Violent Conflict: Teacher Initiative Program." For additional resources for high school teachers, please check out our Teacher Initiative Program website

In partnership with interdisciplinary teams of teachers from four Boston area high schools, the initiative seeks to foster critical awareness among students about the human and social consequences to violent conflicts as well as help teachers to empower their students to explore varied approaches to peaceful conflict resolution. The Joiner Institute will provide resource speakers, scholars, artists and ongoing curriculum development assistance to these teacher teams as well as make available its archival materials for teacher use.

This initiative is supported in part by Mass Humanities, whose grants inspire considered thought, conversation, and action through the humanities. We're happy to participate in their mission to improve civic life in Massachusetts. See more about what Mass Humanities does here:

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Additional support for this project was provided by the Claddagh Fund and by Eversource. Thank you to our generous donors!


If you would like to contribute towards this groundbreaking initiative, please click here to find out how. 

For more information please contact Alan Stoskopf at 617.287.5850 or

Photo credit Antonio Masiello/Nurphoto via Zuma Press.

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