“If we are truly preparing our children then we must provide social emotional learning (SEL) and skills to support their navigation through life.”
~ Administrator, Jefferson School District, Daly City, CA
Students of all ages need to learn how to better feel and comprehend their emotions as well as demonstrate empathy for others. This is especially true in cases of situational conflict.
Soul Shoppe’s Peace Path® helps students resolve problems and conflicts by using SEL skills and strategies to work out their problems. The (literal) path to peace gives visual cues for a seven-step restorative process that students move through for peace. Each person gets to talk about how they feel, say what they need, listen and be heard, take responsibility for their part, and finally, offer forgiveness and be forgiven.
This peer-based conflict resolution model, which combines social and emotional skills with practical action steps, has been taught to and, more importantly, used by tens of thousands of students through this portable tool. One of the unique aspects of Soul Shoppe’s Peace Path® is that, through time, the skills become a way of being, making this model of peaceful resolution and empathic mindfulness a foundation that lasts a lifetime. Soul Shoppe’s Peace Path® was recognized by the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, as a model for encouraging students to become peacemakers by using their emotional skills to navigate difficult social situations.
“Soul Shoppe asks kids to think about the kind of person they are going to be, and then reflect on what values and tools they can use to achieve that goal.”
~ Kasey Wright, 5th Grade Teacher, Live Oak Elementary School
Physically, the Soul Shoppe Peace Path® measures 4′ x 13′ when painted on a playground, and features color-coded action steps.