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									      Why have a peer mediation
• IC 20-10.1-4-4.5
  –      Sec. 4.5. (6) Possessing the skills necessary to live
      peaceably in society and not resorting to violence to
      settle disputes, including methods of conflict resolution.
        Why peer mediation?
• Indiana Academic Standards 2002 for
  Health Education
  – Standard 4: Students will demonstrate the
    ability to apply self-management skills to
    enhance health
  – Standard 6: Students will demonstrate the
    ability to utilize interpersonal communication
    skills to enhance health
         Why peer mediation?
•   Improved grades
•   Arguments decrease= more time learning
•   More friendly, relaxed classrooms
•   Confidence in ability to help themselves
•   Get along better at home and at school
    History of Project PEACE
• Started in 1994
• Indiana Attorney General and the Indiana
  State Bar Association began a partnership
• More than 200 elementary and middle
  schools trained
• In 2001, the Indiana Department of
  Education became the coordinating partner
     Purpose of Project PEACE
• Reduce conflict and violence in Indiana
• Teach children how to alter their behavior,
  control their anger, and resolve their
  disputes peacefully.
       Project PEACE Goals
• Promote conflict resolution as an important life
• Develop experience with various mediation skills
• Compare mediation with adjudication
• Provide opportunities to network with attorneys
  and mediation professionals
• Create a school-based plan to establish a peer
  mediation program
•   David Keller Trevaskis, Esq.
•   Karla Taylor-Temple
•   Mary Ellen Schaffer
•   Artemus Carter
• Elementary and middle school teams
  –   Principals
  –   Educators
  –   Parents
  –   Local attorneys
        Project PEACE Training
•   2 days-June and July
•   Fatima Retreat House, Indianapolis
•   No cost to schools
•   Application information mailed in January
        Project PEACE Training
•   Conflict theory
•   The conflict management process
•   Communication skills
•   Implementation procedures and timelines

                  @1992 The Community Board
                         Program, Inc.
               Conflict Managers
• A conflict manager is: • A conflict manager is
                                       – A police officer
   –   A good listener
                                       – A person who interrupts
   –   A good team worker                or focuses attention on
   –   A fair person                     him/herself
   –   A helper                        – A judge
   –   A dependable person             – A person who gives
                                         orders or advice
   –   A person you can trust
                                       – A person who talks
                                         about other students’
                     @1992 Community Board Program,
      Selecting Conflict Managers
• Qualifications:
  –   Leadership potential (negative or positive)
  –   Respect of peers
  –   Good verbal skills
  –   Initiative
  –   Willingness to try new things
  –   Ability to sustain commitment to the program
  –   Not necessarily honor roll students!
    Selecting Conflict Managers
• School-wide kick-off celebration
• Nomination/application
• Parent permission
What will conflict managers do?
• Elementary school
  – Playground, recess and lunch
  – Upper 3 grades (3-5 or 4-6)
  – Peers and younger students (after the first year
    of the program)
What will conflict managers do?
• Secondary school
  – Special room or space
  – Referrals from teachers, staff, students or by
      Conflict Manager Training
• 15 hour training recommended
• Elementary-best to train in the morning,
  every other day
• Secondary-best to train within 2 week time
      Conflict Manager Training
• Philosophy
  –   Conflict is natural
  –   Students can solve their own problems*
  –   Students are responsible people
  –   Conflict can be resolved peacefully

       • Physical conflict
       • Bullying

                      @ 1992 Community Board Program,
    Conflict Manager Training
• Understanding conflict: a new way to win
• Conflict management process
  – Script
• Active listening
    Keep Your Program Running!
•   Celebrate!
•   Evaluate
•   Regularly scheduled meetings
•   Record-keeping
•   Duty schedule
                Peace Pledge
• I will attack the problem, not the person
• I will listen carefully and with an open mind
• I will be honest with my feelings and will respect
  the feelings of others
• I will try to settle difficult situations by
  brainstorming solutions and compromise
• I will take responsibility for my actions
• We are all different and we are all the same
• Only in togetherness will we build PEACE
                  @ 1992 The Community Board
                         Program, Inc.

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