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School Mediation Articles
Resolving conflicts among youth is an area of ever increasing importance.
Articles below are just the beginning, you can locate additional Youth and Schools related information through a Topical Search (Above) on "Youth", "Schools" and "Peer Mediation".
We will be adding articles and information over time and hope that this Section will be valuable to students, teachers, parents and schools administrators.
Behind Bars and Behind the Gun
Behind bars and behind the gun: Answers for America's juvenile justice problem and catabolic ommunity-based conflicts. With a rise of deaths, abuse cases, and other atrocities in the Juvenile Justice System there has been questioning as to whether the present paradigm of understanding is the most appropriate solution available for handling issues of wrong behavior by adolescents. Ultimately, the author urges communities to become more involved in the justice system to urge Collaborative Justice-based solutions in juvenile justice issues.
Spreading ADR Best Practices Around the World
Although many countries have not developed formal ADR processes as part of their legal systems, dispute resolution practices have been in place practically since the beginning of time. These practices have taken on many forms in different societies and they continue to evolve and mature. While many of us think of ADR only in a legal and commercial context, some of the most effective systems in the world exist in some of the least developed economies.
Kid ADR Conflict Resolution Rap - Video
This video is a rap put together by children. Peer mediators and elementary school children discuss conflict resolution techniques.
Intern Class Actions on the Rise
The rise in unpaid internships has led to an equally significant uptick in litigation brought by interns demanding compensation for performing the same work as paid employees.
And the interns are winning.
Vintage ADR - Video
This video was produced by Coronet Instructional Films in 1950. It shows schoolyard disputes and illustrated different suggestions for resolving them.
A Collaborative Justice Approach to Bad Behavior in Tennessee Schools
School violence has taken center stage in American debates as of late. The problem is that alternative solutions have proven to be impractical and costly. Other proposed solutions, based off mostly off of myths, actually may do more harm than good. In light of a federal investigation into Tennessee's juvenile justice practices, options are explored as to how one might make Tennessee's broken system better. A proposed solution is to use Collaborative Justice practices that merge traditional ADR with Restorative Justice techniques to make one unified practice. These proposed solutions have been well researched in used in school districts all over the world as well as the United State with greater than expected results.
Another Good Story from High School
I hope the fact that I have now seen a second story about high schools using mediation and reducing violence and suspensions means that there is a serious trend in the United States and that we are changing how we treat high school students, particularly in poorer neighborhoods.
Consistency and Proportionality in Victim-Offender Mediation Agreements
As restorative victim offender mediation programs gain ground within the criminal justice system, more community organizations committed to restorative justice are collaborating with traditional justice agencies and offices. While these collaborations are mutually beneficial and socially transformative, inevitable tensions emerge when restorative and traditional models of justice engage one another. In this paper, we consider one example of this - the question of consistency and proportionality in our response to offenders and crime – and explore ways in which bilateral (restorative) and unilateral (traditional) methods of resolution can amend this apparent conflict and remain collaborative partners in bringing justice to their communities responsibly and safely.
Mediation in Disability Cases - Video
This video by Leo Hura shows a parent with a disabled child. She finds herself in a dispute with her school, but through the mediation process she reaches agreement with school regarding her disabled child in a culinary program.
Thoughts on Gender Bias in Co-Parenting Mediation
This article examines the influence of gender dynamics in the mediation process. It further explains the ways in which gender differences are perceived by mediators and participants. It concludes with several suggestions on how to overcome these barriers to an unbiased mediation.
AudioBlog: Restorative Practices: Can Ancient Traditions Of Accountability And Peacemaking Create Safer Schools Today
Many schools need more practical and effective measures for ending violence and disruption and for promoting more cooperative behavior. Restorative Practices derive from indigenous cultures and are based on time-honored principles of respect, resolution and community.
Back to Basics
Contrary to what occurs in most pre-schools, while these pre-schoolers had lots of energy and were very active, they did not fight, yell or whine.
Punishing Bullied Teens
Recent research is teaching parents, professionals, and teens a lot more about bullying. The spate of recent suicides (bullycides) has caused more schools to take it seriously and help all of us recognize that bullying is not conflict between two individuals that can be resolved with improved communication, but is instead a deliberate campaign of intimidation and terror to injure an individual who is the target.
Freaky Friday And Building Parent-Teen Empathy
When children become teenagers, parents and teens alike may find the transition difficult and filled with conflict.The movie Freaky Friday offers an example of how empathy and understanding can grow even between a feuding teen and parent.
The Use Of Mediation In Schools
A healthy and productive school (or any other organisation or group) is one with plenty of conflict that is being dealt with well by people who are open to the gifts that it can offer. It is one where people manage to step beyond their fears to a place where there is compassion, creativity and readiness to learn.
A new book by an Australian expert on bullying in schools has set out six methods used by teachers to tackle this scourge of the playground.
Where Do We Belong? New Mediators And Our Role In Current Mediation Practice
This article addresses two questions facing mediation students and new lawyers interested in mediation. First, why is it difficult coming out of school to get mediation experience. Second, what can mediation students and new lawyers do to get real experience.
Wheeler, Terry: Training Children in Negotiation Skills - Video
Terry Wheeler discusses research that shows mediation training for children can be effective, though a trainer must impart a comprehensive training, not just the first stages.
Barbara McAdoo: High School Project Leads to 'Helping' Values - Video
Barbara McAdoo shares a life-changing experience she had as a senior in high school when she chose to do a project on segregation.
Bill Lincoln: Mediating Desegregation Dispute - Video
Bill Lincoln describes a case he mediated where various ethnic groups called for his leadership in mediating disputes surrounding desegregation in schools.
Linda Singer: Mediation Can Prevent Violence - Video
Linda Singer describes one of her concerns as being the lack of education within schools about alternative methods to resolve conflict. Mediation has been proven to have a positive impact on reducing school violence.
La Mediación en el Ámbito Escolar: ¿Método RAC o Método REC?
Las instituciones educativas tampoco escapan a las situaciones de conflicto; muy por el contrario deberán, si aún no lo han hecho –a partir de la nueva concepción de escuela moderna- capitalizar el conflicto y educar a partir del mismo. Ello significa que todos los actores de la comunidad (léase: educadores y educandos, no docentes y familias de los alumnos) deben esforzarse por abandonar la connotación negativa tradicional del conflicto y optar por su cambio de valencia. Sólo así, la tan anhelada “educación para la paz”, será posible.
Parent – Teen Conflict, Managing it Constructively
by Bob Blyth
“Parent – Teen Conflict, Managing it Constructively” deals with managing the conflict inherent in parent – teen relationships, why managing this conflict constructively is important and some tools that parents and teens can use to manage their conflicts constructively.
Hope For The Future? Follow The Kids!
by Peter Adler
Resolving complex, highly political, public policy issues is inherently messy. On occasion, a unique chemistry of effective leadership, good technical information, and principled negotiating actually does the job. It beggars the imagination to think that a bunch of smart high school kids could create inspired political breakthroughs where leaders in government, industry, and non-profits have repeatedly failed. Nonetheless, that is what recently happened.
T.A.C.T. (Teens and Conflict Together)
by Suzanne VM Petryshyn
T.A.C.T. (Teens and Conflict Together) is a program that provides participants with the self-awareness and the communication skills needed to empower them to use a problem solving process when faced with conflict. Fun, educational games and exercises reinforce learning by providing a safe environment for the participants to explore conflict.
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