147 Practical Tips for Teaching Peace and Reconciliation (pdf edition)

(pdf edition)

Author: William M. Timpson, Ph.D.

Teaching peace and reconciliation is not intellectually or emotionally neutral. Indeed, the authors state that the teaching of peace and reconciliation is inherently complex, dynamic, and often volatile when debated or discussed. So how does the educator begin? Sensitive to the deep-seated issues surrounding the topic, the authors situate the discussion within a balance of academic theory and real-world practice. 

This book attempts to build bridges between theory and the everyday world of educators in schools, as well as leaders in other social institutions who grapple with the complexities of peace, justice, reconciliation, conflict, diversity, unity, and sustainability. It does so by providing practical tips for teaching peace and reconciliation that are rooted in a variety of theoretical and practical orientations…. Our hope is that different people will use these concise and practical tips as springboards for promoting peace and reconciliation in schools, colleges and universities, other organizations, in communities and other groups, locally and around the world.

Of special interest are the personal narratives from the authors as they share their own experiences with peace and reconciliation.


  • Understand peace education
  • See interconnections
  • Understand conflict and restorative practices
  • Develop emotional intelligence
  • Build a positive climate of trust
  • Encourage critical thinking about alternatives to violence

About the Author

Dr. William M. Timpson is a professor in the School of Education at Colorado State University. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in American History from Harvard University, he went on to teach junior and senior high school in the inner city of Cleveland, Ohio before completing his Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Along with numerous articles, chapters and grants, he has written or co-authored nineteen books including several that address issues of peace and reconciliation, sustainability and diversity. From 1981-1984 he was the recipient of a Kellogg National Fellowship to explore educational issues internationally including extended visits to Brazil, Nicaragua and Cuba (literacy), Asia and Scandinavia (educational change), and Eastern Europe (war, persecution, peace and reconciliation).  In 2006 he served as a Fulbright Specialist in peace and reconciliation studies at the University of Ulster’s UNESCO Centre in Northern Ireland and again in 2011 at the University of Ngozi in Burundi, East Africa where he continues to work with Rotary International Global Grants to infuse sustainable peace studies into the academic programs of the University of Ngozi, the area schools and church communities. In Spring 2014 he served as a Fulbright Teaching Scholar at Kyung Hee’s Graduate Institute of Peace Studies in South Korea. In February 2018 he served as an evaluator for the Rotary Peace Center at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.