If you missed our October webinar, "Before (and After) the Active Shooter Drill: Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution, you are in luck! Please view and share our presentation!
What are we currently doing to prevent school violence? Active shooter drills, metal detectors and armed resource officers are becoming more commonplace on school campuses. California State University Professor Stephen Brock stated, “If you create a place where kids feel that adults care about them as a person and want to connect with them, it increases the probability that if there is going to be an act of violence, then adults will know about it and act to stop it” (Brodsky, 2016). One approach to preventing gun violence is to create a change in mindset from reactionary to prevention policies (Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence, 2018). It’s important to first identify and then address the causative factors. A wide variety of studies have found that peer mediation is a promising strategy for improving school climate. According to attorney and mediator Jeanne Asherman, (2002), conflict resolution skills, like peer mediation, should be included in school curriculum and discipline protocols to decrease potential violence. In the peer mediation process, students are trained as neutral parties who facilitate a conversation between their peers to peacefully resolve a conflict. Students sit down with the peer mediators and address their concerns, such as name-calling, rumors, isolation, or destruction of property. There is evidence that mediation can lead to fewer fights, a reduction in office referrals, and decreased rates of suspension. Also, mediation has been shown to increase self-esteem and academic achievement.
Also, please check out the additional resources from our webinar.
Burger King Bullying Video
Create and upload a character image, icon, or emoji for your peer mediation or conflict resolution superhero. Your superhero must be an original with a name, super power and slogan. The top 3 finalists will be posted online. Deadline is October 31, 2018.
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