We know that students who attend schools with a positive school climate are more able to thrive socially, emotionally, and academically.  This takes ongoing work and commitment to supporting students and teachers in creating and maintaining positive relationships. How do we help our students when conflict arises? How do we create safer schools in which they can learn and thrive? When we are at our best, conflict can present an opportunity for positive growth and change.  

This one-day conference, designed for teachers, administrators, pre-service teachers and parents, provides a dynamic opportunity to develop our practice as teachers and school leaders. By providing a balance of research from experts in the field as well as workshops led by experienced teachers, participants will leave empowered to create the kind of classroom and school climate that fosters equity, authentic student-teacher connections, restorative justice practices and mindfulness.  Ultimately, we create conditions for our students to thrive at school and in their community.  


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Renee Prillaman

We are thrilled to feature Dr. Renee Prillaman as a distinguished Keynote Speaker.  With over 40 years experience as an educator, Renee holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from UNC Chapel Hill and has taught children, educated teachers, and developed curriculum in classrooms from preschool through high school. For the last 20 years, Renee’s work has been focused on Quaker pedagogy and teacher education. She currently serves as the Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning at Carolina Friends School and as Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor in the Program in Education at Duke University.
Renee’s passion for social curriculum and peace education began in her own classroom in 1977. She studied Quaker pedagogy and teacher-student relationships in her master’s work at the University of Louisville where her kindergarten classroom served as a lab site. She continued graduate studies in social justice curriculum at UNC where her dissertation focused on the primacy of student-teacher relationships. Renee has been working with preservice and experienced teachers for 30 years in developing classrooms that model mutual respect, healthy relationships, and peaceful conflict resolution. A committed life long learner, Renee has continued to research, explore, and collaborate with others in creating safe and peaceful school environments. She is a founding member of the Peaceful Schools NC Committee.

Breakout Sessions 

  • Empowering Student Voice
  • Mindfulness
  • Race Equity
  • Anti-bias Curriculum
  • Restorative Justice/Restorative Practices
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Discipline to Support Growth and Understanding
  • Service Learning
  • Supporting Pre-service Teachers

*Stay tuned for workshop descriptions and presenter bios


  • Early Bird Registration: $80 (ends September 15)
  • Full Price Registration: $99
  • Title One Schools: $45
  • Student Registration: $30
  • Group Discount: Send five participants for the price of four

Register on Eventbrite here

Registration includes morning coffee/tea, lunch, and afternoon snack.  Free parking is available on-site.  Conference begins at 8:30 and ends at 5:00.  

We are committed to making this conference available and accessible to all.  Email to submit a request for scholarship funding.   


Call to Presenters

There are two opportunities for contributing your VOICE to the School to Peace Pipeline.  Our target audience includes K-12 classroom teachers, school administrators, support staff, pre-service teachers and parents.

  1. Breakout Sessions:  Date for submitting proposals has passed.
  2. Celebrating Success: Approximately 25 minutes followed by Q and A.  These sessions are less formal opportunities to share with colleagues from other schools an innovative project or activity related to peace education that has been effective. Bring a team and share your story!  Selected proposals will receive a $100 honorarium to use towards your project. Celebrating Success proposals are due September 15.