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Criminal Justice Reference: 160935

Criminal Justice Reference: 160935

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Conflict Resolution Education A Guide to Implementing Programs in Schools, Youth-Serving Organizations, and Community and Juvenile Justice Settings.Program ReportMENU TITLE: Conflict Resolution Education: FrontMatterSeries: OJJDPPublished: October 199611 pages19,455 bytesConflict Resolution EducationA Guide to Implementing Programs in Schools,Youth-Serving Organizations, and Community andJuvenile Justice SettingsProgram ReportDonna Crawford and Richard BodineOctober 1996Shay Bilchik, AdministratorOffice of Juvenile Justice and DelinquencyPreventionU.S. Department of JusticeGerald N. Tirozzi, Assistant SecretaryOffice of Elementary and Secondary EducationU.S. Department of Education-------------------------------The Office of Juvenile Justice and DelinquencyPrevention is a component of the Office of JusticePrograms, which also includes the Bureau of JusticeAssistance, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, theNational Institute of Justice, and the Office forVictims of Crime.The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education isa component of the U.S. Department of Education.Among the programs within the Office of Elementaryand Secondary Education is the Safe and Drug-FreeSchools Program.-------------------------------Conflict is a natural, vital part of life. Whenconflict is understood, it can become anopportunity to learn and create. The challenge forpeople in conflict is to apply the principles ofcreative cooperation in their human relationships.Richard Bodine, Donna Crawford, and Fred Schrumpf
 
Creating the Peaceable School: A ComprehensiveProgram for Teaching Conflict Resolution-------------------------------ForewordSafe and orderly environments in our Nation'sschools are essential to promoting high standardsfor learning and ensuring that all children havethe opportunity to develop to their fullestpotential. No teacher should ever fear to walk intoa classroom, and no child should ever stay homefrom school because he or she is afraid. Too often,however, young people face conflicts before,during, and after school. They are subjected tobullying, teasing, and senseless, sometimes fatal,disputes over clothing and other possessions. Manyof these conflicts either begin at school, or theyare brought into school from the home or thecommunity.A growing body of evidence suggests that we are notpowerless to prevent these destructive behaviors.We can intervene successfully to prevent conflictsfrom escalating into violent acts by providingyoung people with the knowledge and skills neededto settle disputes peacefully. Conflict resolutioneducation can help bring about significantreductions in suspensions, disciplinary referrals,academic disruptions, playground fights, and familyand sibling disputes. It is important to understandthat conflict resolution education is a criticalcomponent of comprehensive, community-based effortsto prevent violence and reduce crime.Conflict Resolution Education: A Guide toImplementing Programs in Schools, Youth-ServingOrganizations, and Community and Juvenile JusticeSettings was developed for educators, juvenilejustice practitioners, and others in youth-servingorganizations to heighten awareness of conflictresolution education and its potential to helpsettle disputes peacefully in a variety ofsettings. A joint project of the U.S. Department ofJustice and the U.S. Department of Education, thisGuide provides background information on conflictresolution education; an overview of four widelyused, promising, and effective approaches; andguidance on how to initiate and implement conflictresolution education programs in various settings.As adults, we cannot solve young people's problemsfor them. We can, however, provide them with theknowledge, skills, and encouragement to resolveconflicts in a nonviolent manner, using wordsinstead of fists or weapons. Conflict resolutioneducation includes negotiation, mediation, and
 
consensus decisionmaking, which allow all partiesinvolved to explore peaceful solutions to aconflict. When these problem-solving processes toconflict and strife become a way of life, youngpeople begin to value getting along instead ofgetting even or getting their way.We urge you to help make our schools and ourcommunities safer places. We invite you to use thisGuide as a means of working with your schools,community organizations, and other youth-servingand juvenile justice settings to give our youth theskills, techniques, and tools they need to learnand to resolve disputes in a safe and nonviolentenvironment.Janet RenoAttorney GeneralRichard W. RileySecretary of Education-------------------------------AcknowledgmentsThe U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S.Department of Education (ED) recognize thededication and commitment of Donni LeBoeuf, SeniorProgram Manager, Office of Juvenile Justice andDelinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs,DOJ; and Charlotte Gillespie, Group Leader, ProgramService Team, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program,Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, ED.Their diligence, work, and enthusiasm for thisproject have helped to bring the vision of thisGuide to fruition.We are indebted to Donna Crawford and RichardBodine of the Illinois Institute for DisputeResolution who spent countless hours writing andrefining the manuscript to convey the variety ofapproaches within the field of conflict resolutioneducation and the potential of all these approachesfor bringing about peaceful resolution of disputesin a number of settings.We also thank Judith Filner of the NationalInstitute for Dispute Resolution for her work indrafting an initial outline for the manuscript andproviding her knowledge of effective and promisingprograms. In addition, we thank the followingmembers of the Conflict Resolution EducationPlanning Committee whose ideas and expertise helpedbring this project to its completion: Lee Arbetman,Margery Baker, Shay Bilchik, Noel Brennan, EileenM. Garry, George Henderson, Emily Martin, WilliamModzeleski, Gail Padgett, John J. Wilson, and

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