Message from SIG Chair
Message from SIG Chair
SIG Chair


July 2020

Greetings Colleagues,

What a time to serve as the Chair of our AERA Peace Education SIG! Here we all are, in this moment facing a monstrous pandemic coupled with a new world-wide awareness of the injustices that stem from race and all forms of discrimination and victimization.  Somehow from the fears, harsh realities, and resulting pain we have all endured these past months, a deluge of encouraging, new possibilities has sprung, calling for true and authentic justice for all.  True and authentic peace for all!  

Though I write to you as a colleague, I am always distinctly aware that we are all human beings first.  This perspective has pervaded my actions and primary stance as an educator and researcher.  Because of this, I believe I have always been a peace educator and it is this quality that has and will continue to shape my service to our research SIG; dedicated to promoting essential and best practices in educating and striving for justice and peace for all, and research on those efforts.

So much of our activity this past year was devoted to preparing for the 2020 AERA conference. Though we were not able to conduct our sessions as planned, we managed to be very productive nonetheless.  We have begun to hold monthly webinars that cover the gamut of the field of peace education. We have also increased our overall presence on social media, and in networking with other AERA SIGS and organizations outside of AERA that share common values and priorities for peace and justice.

For the rest of the 2020-2021 year, we plan to build on these successes by continuing our efforts in all of the aforementioned areas. Also, as we plan for the 2021 AERA conference, we have been especially deliberate to reach out to our colleagues from the “Global South” (i.e., Palestine, Haiti, Peru, Syria, South Africa) to increase dynamic exchanges of knowledge and research partnerships that will shed further light on the remedies that taking responsibility and public scholarship can bring toward justice and peace from our local to global communities.  Indeed, this pandemic has taught us, if we had not already realized it before— we are all in this together!

Thank you for your interest and support. We look forward to your ongoing participation and to another very productive year with you, the entire AERA community, and beyond.

In peace,

Margareth Lafontant, Ph.D.

Chair of the Peace Education SIG

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