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Betty Reardon

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Betty Reardon is a peace education pioneer who has helped to shape peace education programs in the United States and globally and notably was instrumental in developing the original Peace Education Program and Center at Teachers College Columbia University. Reardon founded the International Institute on Peace Education, held annually since 1982, which has been a significant mechanism for international networking and advancement of the field of peace education. She was also involved with the International Peace Research Association’s Peace Education Commission and the United Nations University for Peace Masters Program. Reardon grew up during World War II in New York with an early interest in international affairs, including the United Nations. After teaching for some years, she worked as the schools program director for the Institute for World Order between 1963 and 1976, drawing upon the Institute’s World Order Models Project. She holds a B.A. from Wheaton College, M.A. from New York University, and Ed.D. from Columbia University.