CRE Connection

July 2009 CRETE News

Welcome to This Edition

CREducation.org Continues to Grow

Greetings from the Webmaster at CREducation.org. I hope your summer activities are going well and that you have had a chance to relax and unwind a bit. Perhaps you'll find time to browse our site and dig deeper into some of the rich resources that we have to offer.

FYI, website traffic is growing steadily. In the last year the average number of unique website visitors per month has grown to more than 4,500 folks. There are now more than 326,000 page views EACH month.

Our catalog (see the resource catalog link at the bottom of CREducation.org website pages) has reached a milestone with more than 500 items. These include full-text PDF’s, MS Word files and Powerpoints freely available and of particular utility to educators interested in conflict resolution.

I'm also happy to report that cataloged items from our collection are now appearing in the FirstSearch library reference collection as part of a database known as OAIster (Open Archives Iniative - see http://www.oaister.org/ ). This means that students in college libraries nationwide are now able to search our unique collection directly from within their library services.

On the fun side, we now have "No Teacher Left Behind" golf shirts and other items available for fans of conflict resolution in education.

Thanks for your ongoing interest and support!

Sincerely,
Bill Warters
CREducation.org Webmaster

 

ISSUE CONTENTS

CRETE Partner News - International CR Day Preparations

CR Day - International CR Day Contests

Exploring Emotional Literacy through the Visual Arts

Slides from July Guest Expert Session with Lynnette Mawhinney

Slides and Video from Guest Expert Session with Richard Cohen

e-Learning Module: CRE Program Research Strategies

Norwegian Peace Alliance - Great Resource for Trainers

Site Sponsor: The George Gund Foundation

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Featured CRETE Website Section

CRETE Partner News - International CR Day Preparations

CRETE Partners With Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Education Section For Conflict Resolution (CR) Day

Join the Association for Conflict Resolution’s Education Section and the Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education project (host of CREducation.org) in making this year’s CR Day (Thursday, October 15th, 2009) the best ever. We are inviting members to contribute CR Day celebration examples for an inspirational guidebook directed at people working in educational settings who might want to celebrate CR Day in their school. If you’ve done something creative that involved a school or know someone else who has, share the idea or activity using this online form: http://snipurl.com/crdayideas

CREducation.org (with the help of the ACR Ed Section) is also creating a special teacher desk calendar based around a conflict resolution education theme. We are collecting items such as quick Classroom Activities, How-to Tips, Skill Reminders/Checklists, Games or Icebreakers, Inspirational Quotes, Quick ways to promote Peer Mediation, CR-themed Homework Assignments, Profiles of Inspirational Programs or People, Pictures or Illustrations, this Date-in-CR-History items, Seasonal CR-Themed Activities, Poems and Jokes or Riddles on a CR-related topic. If you have an item to share for the calendar, use this form to submit an idea: http://snipurl.com/crecalendar

See this item: http://snipurl.com/crdayideas

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Featured Site News

CR Day - International CR Day Contests

And the Winner is...

This year, on Conflict Resolution Day (October 15, 2009) the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is hosting two contests for teachers and their students to promote the annual celebration. There is a Video Contest, which is geared to College and University students. In this contest, students are invited to submit a two minute or less video depicting the power of conflict resolution. The submission time frame for this contest is September 1, 2009 to October 1, 2009. The link to information about the Video Contest is listed below under "see this item".

There is also a Poetry Contest for students in elementary, middle/intermediate and high schools. This contest takes place in the Fall 2009. The link to the Poetry Contest rules and regulations is: http://snipurl.com/poetrycontestcrday.

See this item: http://snipurl.com/videocontestcrday

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Featured Catalog Resource

Exploring Emotional Literacy through the Visual Arts

A nice resource from our catalog: this 21-page PDF document was created by Clair Aldington to "enable staff who are not Arts practitioners to carry out this [art based] work. They are designed as individual projects but can equally be extended into small group activities ... The aim is to encourage the young person to express visually emotions that are difficult to articulate verbally." Projects include: Making masks (expressing feelings using facial expressions); Abstract art (expressing feelings using colors and shapes); Designing a chair (expressing how I feel about myself); Creating a book (expressing how I feel, exploring what I know about an issue in my life); and Drawing a neighborhood map (exploring safe and unsafe areas where I live).
See this item: http://snipurl.com/valit

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Featured Ask an Expert Session

Slides from July Guest Expert Session with Lynnette Mawhinney

Featured Guest Expert: Dr. Lynnette Mawhinney on Cultural Differences in CR Skills among African-American Youth

As part of the CREducation.org “Ask an Expert” webinar series, in July, 2009, CRETE trainer Dr. Lynnette Mawhinney presented a slide presentation and led an exploration of cultural aspects within the African American community relevant to conflict resolution skills training. Among other topics, Dr. Mawhinney led a discussion on approaches and attitudes toward discipline and punishment. Many participants brought questions, ideas and past experiences for a very interactive discussion!

See this item: http://snipurl.com/culturedifferences

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Featured Ask an Expert Session

Slides and Video from Guest Expert Session with Richard Cohen

Featured Guest Expert: Richard Cohen from School Mediation Associates.

During our May, 2009 “Ask an Expert” Session, featured guest Richard Cohen presented information on “Developing Conflict Resolution Skills in Youth: Lessons from Peer Mediation”. Richard presented a brief overview of his work and some lessons learned, followed by a slide presentation and a live chat question and answer session. Mr. Cohen’s slide presentation was titled “Essential Ingredients for Peer Mediation Success.” A high point of his presentation was the viewing and discussion of illustrations of the stages of the Mediation process specifically designed for visual learners (link to video excerpt from the session). Mr. Cohen is the author of Students Resolving Conflict: Peer Mediation In Schools and The School Mediator’s Field Guide: Prejudice, Sexual Harassment, Large Groups and Other Daily Challenges.

See this item: http://snipurl.com/peermediationrcohen

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Featured Learning Module

e-Learning Module: CRE Program Research Strategies

A learning module entitled "CRE Program Research Strategies" has been added to our collection. It is based on the research portion of a longer 5-day workshop we host on exploring CRE in schools. The new research strategies module provides basic strategies and frameworks for understanding and conducting useful CRE Program research. We have versions available for viewing online or for download and use in learning management systems like Blackboard or Moodle. Visit the CRETE website "Teachers and Trainers" Door, then click on "learning modules and activities" in the right hand sidebar, to download the version of the module that works for you.
See this item: http://snipurl.com/learnresearch

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Featured CRE Project

Norwegian Peace Alliance - Great Resource for Trainers

The Norwegian Peace Alliance website was originally created on a request from teachers at a strategy meeting at the Friendship North/South school exchange program. It has been developed with help and inspiration from the General Union of Palestinian Teachers, Save the Children Norway, Mediation Services Oslo, Klinsj, and Council of Europe trainers from Azerbaijan and Moldova.

The website gives a short introduction to education for peace and its pedagogical platform, and describes how to build up a successful workshop around a topic. The site gives suggestions for exercises for the various stages of the workshop. It contains various educational "packages" and activities for each topic to be covered, skill to be trained, or stage of the workshop (warming up, evaluation etc.). The site includes over 200 different activities. The aim and instructions for each activity is included, in addition to the time required and the age group most suited.

Of special interest is a long list of activities for school mediation trainers.

See this item: http://snipurl.com/npaprofile

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Featured Site Sponsor

Site Sponsor: The George Gund Foundation

The George Gund Foundation was established in 1952 as a private, nonprofit institution with the sole purpose of contributing to human well-being and the progress of society. Over the years, program objectives and emphases have been modified to meet the changing opportunities and problems of our society, but the foundation's basic goal of advancing human welfare remains constant.

The Foundation focuses most of its resources on organizations and projects based in Greater Cleveland. However, the Foundation does support state and national policy efforts that address program area priorities. Click here for more information on the good works of one of the main supporters of the Conflict Resolution Education Connection, the George Gund Foundation.
See this item: http://snipurl.com/gundfdn

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