Register for the Summer 2022 PJI Teachers Academy

Thursday, May 26, 2022

The PJI Teachers Academy, a weeklong, intensive program designed for educators by educators and organized by the Peace and Justice Institute (PJI), has opened registration for summer.

Dates: Monday, June 27 – Friday, July 1, 2022
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: West Campus, Collaborative Design Center (Building 10, Third Floor)

Register here

About the Program

This immersive cohort-based program supports teachers in reflecting on their lives and current practices with an eye to deepening equity in their hearts, minds and classrooms.

Based on the latest neuroscience and teaching literature, participants will explore topics such as privilege, race, gender, trauma, resilience, empathy, mindfulness and missing histories while also building relationships and community with others. Connect back with your love for teaching and share your experience and expertise with others as you move beyond compliance to connection in your vocation and with your students.

The teacher academy model is based upon 10 years of collaboration with leading scholars in the field of peace studies, including Dr. Peggy McIntosh, Dr. Beverly Tatum, Dr. George Lopez, Dr. Michael Nagler, Elaine Sullivan, Emily Style and Dr. Alma Abdul-Hadi Jadallah.

With so much work to do in our nation, community and schools, the PJI Teachers Academy creates a space to slow down and attend to the work of racial justice and equity by creating inclusive classrooms and campuses for our students and for us. The Academy allows space for the inner transformation of the educator to create the outer changes necessary in our work.

The PJI Teachers Academy will explore many topics as we continue our journey toward more equitable practices, including:

  • PJI Principles for How We Treat Each Other
  • Equity-minded Practices
  • Systems of Privilege and Oppression
  • Cycle of Racism
  • Trauma Sensitive Spaces and Resilience
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Gender Equity
  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Missing Histories
  • Restorative Practices

Watch a PJI Academy video and read testimonials from our PJI alumni.

Who Should Attend?

The PJI Teachers Academy is beneficial to all educators: higher education faculty and staff, K-12 teachers and those interested in research and how teacher agency plays a part in creating an inclusive classroom.

We are in our second research study and have presented our model and research at three conferences this year. You can see our research information at the bottom of the PJI Academy website.

Cost and Registration

The cost is $1,100 for Valencia employees to attend a session, and employees may use their Employee Development Funds (EDF) toward the cost.

To use EDF funds, complete the EDF form that you can find here:

  • Log in to Atlas
  • Click on Employees
  • Click on Tools in the Employee Support area of the screen
  • Click on Valencia Forms
  • Select the Request for Employee Development Funds
  • Complete the form and send it (along with supporting documentation) to Employee Development by email at or to mail-code 4-36.

For more information, contact Jen Danilowski, part-time faculty, psychology, and PJI Academy coordinator, at

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