CRE Connection

February 2010 CRETE News

Welcome to This Edition

Greetings and News

Greetings from CREducation.org, the website for the Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education (CRETE) project! In this issue of our e-newsletter we are pleased to feature a number of new resources that we hope you will find interesting and useful. Of special note is the new training curriculum for Juvenile Corrections Officers developed by our colleagues in Ohio, a new learning module on Nonverbal Communication for Educators and a cool new peer mediation training video from Hawaii.

I'm happy to report that since our last newsletter the CRETE training team has been busy. Under the leadership of Dr. Tricia Jones the team has shared CRE Skills and knowledge via 4-day trainings for educators in San Francisco, Fresno, and Chicago. Additional trainings are set for February and March in Pennsylvania, Texas, Illinois and New York so the ball is really rolling. Looking ahead, I hope I get a chance to meet more of you in person at the CRETE Partners Meeting scheduled for early March in Austin, Texas or at the 3rd International Summit on Conflict Resolution Education March 26-27 in Cleveland, OH. These are sure to be exciting and productive events.
Take care, and all the best for your work.

Sincerely,
Bill Warters
CREducation.org Webmaster

 

ISSUE CONTENTS

Registration Now Open for 3rd International Conflict Resolution Education Summit

Don’t Give In to the Drama - Peer Mediation Training Video from Hawaii

Juvenile Corrections Officer Training Curriculum

Black History Month Lesson Plans

Peace Education: An Overview of its Rationale, Content & Process

New e-learning Module - Nonverbal Communication For Educators

Educators for Social Responsibility - (ESR) Notable resources and Downloadable Files

CR Day Poetry Contest Winners - Now Available to View Online

New JAMS Foundation Video About the CRETE Project

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Featured Site News

Registration Now Open for 3rd International Conflict Resolution Education Summit

If you work in the Conflict Resolution Education or Peace Education or Social Emotional Learning fields, you won’t want to miss the 3rd International Summit on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) happening at the end of March. The theme for 2010 is Building Infrastructures for Change: Innovations in Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) and Justice Initiatives. This conference provides an opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and research on issues related to the development of infrastructure in CRE and justice initiatives. The pre-conference events will happen March 24-25 followed by the main event on March 26-27, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Get program details and registration materials by visiting the link below.
See this item: http://creducation.org/cre/goto/3rd

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Featured Video

Don’t Give In to the Drama - Peer Mediation Training Video from Hawaii

In August of 2009 Mediation Services of Maui premiered a new video supporting peer mediation program development. In “Don’t Give In to the Drama,” Maui High School students provide a step-by-step demonstration of mediation with peers. Encouraging commentary is provided by two young narrators explaining key aspects of the process. The video was written and directed by Kim Compoc, Mediation Services of Maui’s youth director, and produced at Maui High. The video is reality based, both in its attention to Hawaii culture and in using situations that the students came up with through brainstorming about their own experiences and observations. It has been posted to YouTube (broken into 4 parts) and will be distributed via DVD to high schools in Maui.
See this item: http://creducation.org/cre/goto/maui

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Featured CRETE Website Section

Juvenile Corrections Officer Training Curriculum

Under the coordination of the Global Issues Resource Center at Cuyahoga Community College, the Northeast Ohio Juvenile Detention Professional Development Project created a comprehensive pilot curriculum for entry level juvenile corrections staff. This 120 hour pilot curriculum attempts to address training deficiencies which often lead to high levels of staff turnover and increased operational costs. Of special interest is the 3-part section on conflict resolution skills for working with youth in juvenile detention facilities. You can access the full pilot curriculum (powerpoints, handouts, quizzes etc) on the CRETE Connection website. You’ll need to register your interest using a quick form before viewing the contents for the first time.
See this item: http://creducation.org/cre/jdo/

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Featured Catalog Resource

Black History Month Lesson Plans

This reference is an excellent resource for Teachers to utilize for the upcoming celebration of Black History Month in February. The resource provides the Teacher with a lesson plan in which students will be introduced to several Black and African American leaders and learn about the influence and their contributions to society. The lesson plan is for grades 6-8, 9-12. The Skills covered are Religion, Literacy, Social Studies and History. The lesson plan is interactive using a timeline where students can participate live. The resource can be found in our catalog at:
See this item: http://snipurl.com/lessonplans

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Featured Slideshow

Peace Education: An Overview of its Rationale, Content & Process

This slideshow was presented by Loreta N. Castro during the GPPAC International Peace Education Conference in South Korea. The presentation highlights the reasons why we should educate for Peace with a “Total School Approach”. The presentation discusses the issues surrounding the fact that though problems that relate to peace may seem overwhelming, the will to change and promoting Peace Education can help. You can view this presentation and many more at the link provided:
See this item: http://snipurl.com/peaceducation

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Featured Learning Module

New e-learning Module - Nonverbal Communication For Educators

Our latest online learning module is an interactive unit designed to introduce you to Nonverbal Communication (NVC) concepts with a special emphasis on the aspects of Nonverbal Communication that relate to teaching and learning in the classroom. Topics covered include; cultural body language differences, valuable information about NVC impairments and key elements of NVC such as kinesics, proxemics, vocalics and haptics. As usual, you can use the module online or download it for use within course management programs like Moodle or Blackboard. Visit the link below to view the online version of the module.
See this item: http://creducation.org/cre/goto/nvc

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Featured CRE Project

Educators for Social Responsibility - (ESR) Notable resources and Downloadable Files

Educators for Social Responsibility is a national non-profit organization founded in 1982. As noted earlier, CRETE works closely with ESR on our JAMS Foundation project. ESR works directly with educators and administrators to implement systemic practices that create safe, caring and equitable schools so that all young people succeed in school and life, and help shape a safe, democratic and just world. On our partners profile pages you can learn more about ESR and access some sample lessons from “Connected and Respected: Lessons from the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program”. Of course, if you like what you see, visit the ESR National site and buy the full curriculum! Check out the ESR profile at the link below:
See this item: http://creducation.org/cre/goto/esr

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Featured CRETE Website Section

CR Day Poetry Contest Winners - Now Available to View Online

CREducation.org was a co-sponsor along with the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Education Section of the 2009 Conflict Resolution Day Poetry Contest. K-12 students were invited to write a poem (20 lines or less) to celebrate CR Day. The topic was “Ways We Make Peace” at home, in school, in our community or in the world. The wave of creativity released by the event was truly exciting and we are pleased to be able to share the winning poems. Congratulations to our winners and honorable mentions! The poems can be viewed at:
See this item: http://snipurl.com/viewpoems

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Featured Site Sponsor

New JAMS Foundation Video About the CRETE Project

As readers may already know, the JAMS Foundation provided a $300,000 grant that is funding a two-year initiative that enabled the CRETE project to expand in four major U.S. cities. JAMS is collaborating with three organizations on the project: our Temple University-based Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education (CRETE) program, the nonprofit Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR) and the nonprofit Creative Response to Conflict (CRC). This video provides a look at some of the work being done. View the video here:
See this item: http://snipurl.com/jamsvideo

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