To create a better and more peaceful world: Infusing human rights instruction in PK-12 classrooms


  • Kimberley Daly George Mason University



teacher education, human rights, human rights education, International Baccalaureate, international education


This article discusses an online graduate education course at a large Southern university in the United States. The course, part of a certificate program for International Baccalaureate (IB) educators, focuses on infusing human rights instruction in PK-12 classrooms and provides teachers with additional methods and strategies to teach various subjects, disciplines, student populations, and cultural contexts. Although the course text centers on the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), additional readings require students to consider other human rights documents, academic research concerning peace and human rights education, and classroom strategies. The teachers who complete the course are more confident working with human rights topics and the course encourages educators to think critically and connect issues at their grade level and in their current contexts.

Author Biography

Kimberley Daly, George Mason University

Kimberley Daly is an adjunct professor in the Teaching Culturally, Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners Program in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Since 2009, she has been affiliated with the Advanced International Baccalaureate (IB) Studies program, the first American IB teacher award program authorized by the International Baccalaureate. She received her Ph.D. in Education from George Mason University in 2012. Daly has taught in various PK-20 settings in New Jersey, Virginia, and Ukraine. Her research areas include International Baccalaureate programs, human rights education, teacher education, international mindedness, and problem-based learning.




How to Cite

Daly, K. (2019). To create a better and more peaceful world: Infusing human rights instruction in PK-12 classrooms. FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education, 5(2).