WPG Facilitators Lakatta and Thomas co-facilitate their first World Peace Game in Baltimore.
Solving the multiple crises embedded in the World Peace Game requires children to collaborate and form unexpected alliances in an effort to achieve world peace. So perhaps we shouldn’t have been surprised when two World Peace Game Facilitators from different schools in Baltimore, Maryland collaborated to bring their students together to play the World Peace Game. This fall, students from the Friends School of Baltimore and 15 of their counterparts from Baltimore City School’s Robert W. Coleman Elementary gathered twice weekly at Friends for an after-school club dedicated to playing the World Peace Game.
Friends School fourth-grade teacher Jillien Lakatta and her Robert Coleman Elementary colleague Tayamisha Thomas facilitated the WPG club. They first met at the World Peace Game Foundation’s International Master Class in 2015 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After returning home to Baltimore, deciding to collaborate was easy. “We were both newly trained World Peace Game Facilitators,” said Thomas, “and working together to facilitate our first Game seemed natural. We knew merging our students and playing the WPG would be an opportunity for both groups of students to connect with each other and would be a novel experience for them.” Lakatta concurred, “Not only were we playing a brand new, complex game, but we were bringing students together from different schools to solve some really big problems together. These students who were complete strangers were faced with many challenges. They had to learn to communicate with one another, and to appreciate one another’s strengths. We had some definite social challenges, and some tears too! Some groups were having trouble understanding each other. We were trying to optimize our limited time with one another, but found the social situations and the relationships that were fostered among the students to be most important.”
Jamie, as former head of the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence, worked in tandem with John Hunter to develop and facilitate the Master Class curriculum throughout the US. She currently works at the Pomfret School as Director of the Grauer Family Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Education.
Elizabeth Powell, Secretary
Lili Powell joined the University of Virginia Darden School faculty in 1994, where she teaches MBA, EMBA and Executive Education classes in leadership, management and corporate communication. She is currently co-director of the MBA/MEd dual degree, designed to promote innovation in education reform.
With deep gratitude to departing board member, Chris Farina, who was a founding board member and will join the Foundation’s advisory board.
World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements
The documentary film, World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements, is now available on demand at Vimeo.