CRE Connection

March 2010 CRETE News

Welcome to This Edition

Pilot Testing Our New Tools

Greetings. Welcome to another issue of the CRETE Connection newsletter! Below you'll find quick links to a selection of featured resources and news from CREducation.org.

I wanted to share a few quick words in my role as a resource developer for CRETE. It was great getting a chance to interact with so many of you dedicated folks working on Conflict Resolution in Education at the Partner's meeting. I was particularly pleased to be able to debut the new CRETE Trainers Dashboard tool we've designed to support our growing team of CRETE-certified trainers as well as the pilot e-portfolio tool designed to help folks demonstrate their CRE competencies. The initial response has been good to both resources. Your contributions and ideas on improving these tools will be important for their success. Also it was good to show people how they can work with eXe ( the e-learning Xhtml editor) to create learning resources or modify the learning modules already available on our site. Those of you in the CRETE trainer development "pipeline" (you know who you are) will be getting a follow-up email from me with personalized login information for the dashboard and I'll look forward to talking with faculty interested in pilot-testing the CREd Ability Portfolio tool going forward. If you are attending the CRE Summit meeting in Cleveland later this month, please look for me and say hello. And as usual, please remember to send along relevant resources we can use to the build the CREducation.org catalog. Let's stay in touch...

Read on to learn more about some of the great resources already available via CREducation.org!

Sincerely,
Bill Warters
CREducation.org Webmaster

 

Director's News

CRETE Partners’ Meeting a Texas Success!!

I'm pleased to report that on March 4th and 5th the second annual CRETE Partners meeting was held at in Austin, Texas. The meeting was attended by representatives of 19 of the partners working on CRETE at their institutions. Partners represented included Cleveland State University, Temple University, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, North Baltimore Center (affiliated with Sheppard Pratt Institute), California State University - Fresno, San Francisco State University, DePaul University, Roosevelt University, Trinity Washington University, Global Issues Resource Center at Cuyahoga Community College, Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, Educators for Social Responsibility, Northwest Vista Community College, St. Mary's University, Wilmington College, Wayne State University, Concordia University, Metropolitan College of New York, and Alamo Community College District. The meeting was hosted by St. Edward's University and all of the partners extend a huge thank you for the warm and wonderful hospitality from St. Edward's University administration and staff. The meeting provided an opportunity for partners to share their successes and challenges of the last year and to engage in critical strategic planning for the upcoming year. Look below for a link to a podcast featuring some voices from the gathering. Documents from the meeting will soon be posted on the www.creducation.org site and will be distributed in hard copy to all CRETE partners. We look forward to our 3rd annual meeting next year!

Tricia Jones, Ph.D.
CRETE Project Director

 

ISSUE CONTENTS

Podcast Interviews from CRETE Partners Meeting in Austin

Beginning With the Children - A Guide to Creating a K-2 Peace Helpers Program

iPhone/iPod Touch CRETE Catalog Browser

NewsHour segment on the 4Rs Program at Brooklyn’s P.S. 24

CRE-Related Journal Articles - What’s Current Widget

Reforming Special Education Workshop Slideshow

Norwegian Peace Alliance Education for Peace Site

CRETE Team Workshops at 3rd International Summit on CRE

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Featured Site News

Podcast Interviews from CRETE Partners Meeting in Austin

The higher education institutional partners working with the CRETE project met March 4-5, 2010 at St. Edwards University in Austin. Bill Warters interviewed some of the participants and put together a podcast episode that provides a window into some of the many ways that the CRETE program is being implemented. You can listen to the Conflict Learning Audio podcast episode online here, or by subscribing or searching via iTunes. If you are in iTunes, search for "Conflict Learning Audio" and look in the podcasts section to find this episode and more.
See this item: http://snipurl.com/austinpm

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Featured Catalog Resource

Beginning With the Children - A Guide to Creating a K-2 Peace Helpers Program

This new 73-page guide from the Morningside Center presents a field-tested, step-by-step process schools can use to train and support young students (K-2) in serving as “peace helpers” in their classrooms. Chapter 1 of the guide describes the Peace Helpers Program at P.S. 24 in Brooklyn, NY, to provide a vision of what's possible. Chapter 2 describes the ingredients for a successful program and a process a school planning team can use to decide whether now is the time for a Peace Helpers Program at their school. Chapters 3, 4, and 5 describe the steps for establishing and sustaining the program, including detailed agendas for workshop sessions to train the peace helpers. The Appendix has handouts for the peace helpers' training and other aids for implementing the program.

Authors: Van Woerkom, Marieke; Roderick, Tom; and Emma Gonzalez
Publisher: Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
Funder: JAMS Foundation
See this item: http://snipurl.com/peacehelpers

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Featured Catalog Resource

iPhone/iPod Touch CRETE Catalog Browser

Are you an iPhone or iPod Touch user? If so, you might want to bookmark the special browser we've developed to help you stay current on what's new in the CRETE Resources catalog. You can find it here.
See this item: http://www.creducation.org/catalog/iphone/

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Featured Video

NewsHour segment on the 4Rs Program at Brooklyn’s P.S. 24

In this video excerpt from the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, you can learn more about a New York City school where learning to recognize feelings (one’s own and others’) and how to handle them before they get in the way are just as important as traditional academics. This different kind of learning experience uses “i-Message”, a way for students to communicate their needs, giving students a voice and time to reflect. The segment highlights the classroom-based 4Rs Program (Reading, Writing, Respect & Resolution) developed by the Morningside Center to foster students‘ social and emotional learning.
See this item: http://www.creducation.org/cre/homebase/content_video/2546/

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Featured CRETE Website Section

CRE-Related Journal Articles - What’s Current Widget

Updated CRE Journal Articles Widget: Links to recently published articles on CRE from over 60 scholarly educational journals are available on our website using a specialized search widget created by Bill Warters. When visiting the CRE-Related Articles and Abstracts section of the website you can browse a list of recently published articles and click on journal titles to see the specifics of the citation and in most cases, jump straight to the journal homepage for the relevant edition.

You can also embed this current articles widget into your blog or course management system by copying a bit of code. Visit the link below and stay alerted to new articles in the journals that relate to CRE.
See this item: http://www.creducation.org/cre/goto/recentpubs

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Featured Slideshow

Reforming Special Education Workshop Slideshow

This presentation by Christina Cassinerio, Leila Peterson and Ellen Wayne illustrates the topic of reforming special education and fostering collaborative problem solving skills in complex school settings. The presentation, given at the ACR conference in Atlanta, includes conflict resolution case studies and an example of an integrated curriculum for special educators. The program reviews what is required by The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) and explores the factors that lead to high attrition in Special Education. The slideshow depicts how CRE can be integrated into class activities in a curriculum for Special Educators.
See this item: http://snipurl.com/reformspecialeducation

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Featured CRE Project

Norwegian Peace Alliance Education for Peace Site

The CREducation.org site promotes sharing of practical conflict resolution educational materials. The Norwegian Peace Alliance website is a good example of this idea in practice. The collaborative site provides more than 200 workshop activity guides to support peace education. The website is also meant for use as a resource for summer camps and seminars in connection with youth work and also by voluntary organizations involved in training mediators, teaching for inter-cultural/inter-religious dialogue and other similar activities. Be sure to explore the link in in our profile to their “Noteable Resources” where you will find downloadable activity guides, organized by grade level that are free to trainers.
See this item: http://snipurl.com/norwegianpeacesite

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Featured Site News

CRETE Team Workshops at 3rd International Summit on CRE

The 3rd International Conference on CRE is coming up March 24-27 in Cleveland Ohio. There are going to be lots of great workshops and keynote sessions, and we'll do our best to archive slideshows from the conference for review later on the CREducation.org website in case you can't make it to the conference. CRETE partners will be well-represented at the event and we appear on the program in several places as noted below. Please join us if you can...

Friday, March 26 3:45-5:15 p.m.
Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education (CRETE) 



The National Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education (CRETE) project addresses teacher preparation in classroom management and conflict resolutions skills. CRETE provides educators with the conflict resolution education and classroom management skills necessary for cultivating constructive P-12 learning environments, enhancing student learning, and bolstering teacher retention. Goals include to 1) help university faculty infuse CRE skills into their pre-service education courses; 2) educate P-12 teachers in CRE and prepare them to support new teachers’ use of conflict resolution techniques; and 3) provide P-12 students with critical skills for effectively managing conflicts with peers and adults. Audience members will participate in CRETE activities, discuss how mentors and interns collaborate, and receive a packet of CRE-related lesson plans appropriate for P-12 subjects and settings.

Presenters: Diane Corrigan, Cleveland State University; Tricia Jones, Temple University; Margo Kernan & Anne Varian, University of Akron; Jim Boland & Sonya Zumbiel, Wilmington College; Lynnette Mawhinney, Lincoln University

Friday, March 26 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education (CRETE): The Next Generation 



The National CRETE Project develops CRE/SEL in pre-service teacher education programs in Higher Education Institutions. This panel presents the Phase 2 model of CRETE developed for work funded by the JAMS Foundation in several cities including New York City, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Chicago. The JAMS funded sites use an innovative consortium model to build infrastructures between teacher education programs, CRE organizations (Educators for Social Responsibility and Creative Response to Conflict) and large, urban school districts (e.g., Chicago Public Schools). The presenters will describe the rationale and benefits of the consortium model and will report on best practices from the first year of implementation.

Presenters: Marsha S. Blakeway, George Mason University; Larry Dieringer, Educators for Social Responsibility; Tricia S. Jones, Temple University; Priscilla Prutzman, Creative Response to Conflict; Loren Weybright, Metropolitan College of New York; Claire J.Salkowski, North Baltimore Mediation Center

Saturday, March 27th 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Conflict Resolution Education Resources on the Web: CRE Resource Creation and Discovery via CREducation.org 



The Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education (CRETE) project, funded in part by JAMS and the Department of Education (FIPSE), has been the catalyst for the creation of a dynamic set of learning materials now available at no cost online. Participants will learn more about this growing collection of learning modules, videos, training guides, slide shows, CRE skill portfolios and more, and will be introduced to free tools that they can use to create their own content. The focus will be on enhancing the community-building potential inherent in Open Educational Resources (OERs) about Conflict and Conflict Resolution. Participants will learn about ways that they can become part of a larger movement by sharing the content they create and by connecting across boundaries that in the past have limited CR Education’s growth.

Presenter: Bill Warters, Wayne State University

See this item: http://creducation.org/cre/goto/3rd

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