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Tricia Jones Dept Of Peace Presentation


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Tricia Jones Dept Of Peace Presentation

  1. 1. Making Peace in Our Schools: Conflict Resolution Education and the Department of Peace Presented by Tricia S. Jones, Ph.D. Dept. of Psychological Studies in Education Temple University
  2. 2. ‘‘ For our children to learn, our schools must be safe. All American parents want to know they are sending their children to a safe learning environment. And our children deserve schools in which they don’t have to be afraid of violence and can focus on their studies.’’ - Margaret Spellings, US Secretary of Education
  3. 3. In The Last Two Weeks. . . <ul><ul><li>The vicious beating of a high school girl by three other girls (13 and 14 years old) was videotaped and broadcast on the Internet. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. In the Last Two Weeks . . . <ul><li>80% of Arizona 7 th -12 th grade students reported hearing homophobic remarks at school; teachers intervened in 20% of cases, 25% of incidents were homophobic remarks made by staff </li></ul>
  5. 5. In the Last Two Weeks . . . <ul><li>Milwaukee Public School officials are cracking down on cell phones in schools; Students have been calling in family and friends as reinforcements for fights, resulting in brawls outside and inside schools. </li></ul>
  6. 6. School Daze --Across the Nation <ul><li>10% of students report they missed school regularly because they felt unsafe </li></ul><ul><li>One in every four teens experiences some sort of dating violence from peers </li></ul><ul><li>The Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2006, recently released by the federal government -- 33 thefts and 22 violent crimes ‘‘per 1,000 students in school.’’ </li></ul>
  7. 7. School Daze --Across the Nation <ul><li>BULLYING </li></ul><ul><ul><li>90% of 4th through 8th graders report being bullied </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15% of students are persistent bullies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10% of high school dropouts due to bullying </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. School Daze --Across the Nation <ul><li>IMPACT ON TEACHING </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One-third of new teachers leave the profession within 5 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>50% of new teachers in urban schools leave the profession within 3 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>25-45% of instruction time is spent on discipline, not instruction </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Conflict Resolution Education:
  10. 10. Introduction to CRE <ul><li>CRE programs teach: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An understanding of conflict </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social, emotional and cognitive processes related to constructive conflict management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Anger management </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Perspective taking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Impulse control </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>conflict management skills </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. USDE On-line CRE Course <ul><li>Managing and Resolving Conflicts Effectively in Schools and Classrooms through a contract with the U.S. Department of Education’s Safe and Drug Free Schools Office. </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CD available from National Association of School Psychologists </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. CRE E nhances Students’ Social and Emotional Development <ul><li>increases empathy and perspective-taking </li></ul><ul><li>improves emotional awareness and management </li></ul><ul><li>reduces aggression </li></ul><ul><li>increases use of constructive conflict behaviors </li></ul>
  13. 13. CRE Creates a Safe Learning Environment <ul><li>decreases conflicts between groups of students </li></ul><ul><li>decreases suspensions, absenteeism, and drop out rates </li></ul><ul><li>decreases incidents of violence </li></ul>
  14. 14. Create a Constructive Learning Environment <ul><li>improves academic achievement </li></ul><ul><li>improves classroom climate </li></ul><ul><li>improves school climate </li></ul><ul><li>increases valuing diversity and tolerance </li></ul>
  15. 15. Negotiation Skills After School Programs Bullying Prevention Restorative Justice Peer Mediation Expressive Arts and CRE Classroom and School Wide Foundational Practices Social and Emotional Learning Diversity and Bias Awareness Curriculum Infusion
  16. 16. Toward the Vision: The Potential Role of the Department of Peace
  17. 17. Teacher Preparation <ul><li>Develop CRE Courses in all Colleges of Education </li></ul><ul><li>Provide CRE Training for In-Service Teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Educate teachers about CRE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide skill development in CRE; help teachers become better conflict managers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enable teachers to teach children CRE </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Administrator Preparation <ul><li>Require School Administrators to Have Knowledge of CRE and System Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Reward Administrators for “Persistently Safe Schools” </li></ul><ul><li>Create incentives for administrators to mentor teachers and staff in CRE </li></ul>
  19. 19. CRE Program Provision <ul><li>Provide Social and Emotional Learning Programs Pre-K through 5 th grades </li></ul><ul><li>Provide Negotiation and Mediation Training to grades 3-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Employ Bullying Prevention programs, especially in grades 3-8 </li></ul><ul><li>Create Restorative Practices programs, especially in middle and high schools </li></ul>
  20. 20. Links to Larger Systems <ul><li>Link school-based programs to conflict and peace programs in the community </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage service learning initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Go Global – link to the CRE work being done around the world (the US is no longer the leader in CRE) </li></ul><ul><li>Provide for parent and community member involvement in CRE efforts </li></ul>
  21. 21. &quot;I believe that peace is not merely an absence of war but the nurture of human life, and that in time this nurture would do away with war as a natural process.&quot; -- Jane Addams