Training Options for School Staff

There are a variety of ways in which the Center for Restorative Programs can work in partnership with schools to develop healthy conflict management systems and skills. Since each school system and its needs and concerns are unique, our staff work with the school administration to design a timetable and appropriate mix of trainings and interventions suited to each setting. Some of the available services are listed below:

System Assessment – written observations on conflict habits and issues currently found in the system – based on interviews/surveys with a broad cross-section of adults and students – together with suggested “next steps” for system-wide improvement

Olweus Bullying Prevention – Alice Price is provisionally certified as a trainer in the Olweus Bullying Prevention model. The program is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed for use in elementary, middle, or junior high schools. Its goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school.

Facilitated Dialogue Processes – facilitation of a variety of staff, board, or staff/parent sessions in which more in-depth problems need to be identified and discussed in an open, consensus-building fashion

Continuing Education workshops – adult-focused, inter-active skills training events, on topics such as collaborative communication, listening skills, problem-solving models, conflict mediation, etc.

Conflict Intervention – outside mediators are provided to intervene in more chronic or serious student-student, teacher-student, or teacher/administrator-parent conflicts

Student Curricula – K-12 curricula options on non-violence and conflict resolution skills, geared to the developmental stages of each age group; can be introduced to classroom teachers for weekly use, team-taught on-site between our staff and yours, or done in a “field-trip/retreat” format for older students

Student Mediation Teams – start-up design and training for student-based peer mediation programs; suitable for grades 4 – 12

Peace Corners – a classroom-based method for students to talk through peer conflict in a designated area, while the classroom teaching goes on; orientation for teachers and students to the model

Restorative Discipline – work with schools on designing appropriate alternatives to law enforcement intervention, suspension and expulsion; related skill-building components for students and parents