Creating Safe Learning Environments
Center for Resolutions promotes a philosophy of reducing conflict in schools by offering instruction to administrators, teachers, support staff, parents and the students in non-violent approaches to conflict. The goal of our School Program is to help schools develop environments that reflect constructive and effective means of dealing with conflict allowing children to grow and learn within a safe, supportive and peaceful community. We accomplish this through Peer Mediation, Bullying Prevention and custom programs designed to explore conflict resolutions and alternatives to violence.
Peer Mediation is a process that involves training students in mediation so they can facilitate disputes between students of the same age-group experiencing conflict. Student mediators are trained to be impartial parties. They do not act as judges or impose their will on the disputants. Mediation is a voluntary process and students are not forced t0 participate.
- Improved self-esteem
- Students are empowered to resolve their own problems.
- Development of listening and critical thinking skills
- Students become active in the problem-solving process
- Improved school climate for learning
- Reduced disciplinary action
- Mediation decreases the pressure on teachers to serve as disciplinarians
- Fewer fights
Bullying occurs when an individual is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions by one or more persons and s/he has difficulty defending himself/herself. CFR offers the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program training to schools and other youth organizations. The Olweus Program is recognized for its school-wide approach to reducing bullying. It is implemented at the school, classroom, individual and community levels. The goal is to infuse the program into the school culture so that bullying is less likely to occur.