CRE Connection

May 2009 CRETE News

Welcome to This Edition

Our First Edition

Welcome to the first edition of the CRETE Connection. This e-newsletter is brought to you by the Conflict Resolution in Teacher Education (CRETE) project and is meant to provide you with the latest news and information about the project and to encourage you to explore the growing list of special features of our website http://www.creducation.org. Please drop by sometime!

Sincerely,

Bill Warters
CRETE Webmaster

 

Director's News

CRETE Collaborates With CRC and ESR in JAMS Foundation Project

by Tricia Jones, Temple University

In October, the JAMS Foundation provided generous funding for a collaboration between the CRETE program (Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education), Creative Response to Conflict and Educators for Social Responsibility to build CRE Partnerships in four cities: New York, Washington DC, Chicago and San Francisco. The goals of the project include linking CRETE work in teacher education programs in local colleges of education with ESR or CRC work in local schools. We're happy to report that, less than one full year into the project, the work is going well and new partnerships have been formed in New York (Metropolitan College of New York, Hunter College CUNY and New York City Public Schools), Chicago (Roosevelt University and DePaul University and Chicago Public Schools) and Washington, DC (Trinity Washington University and District of Columbia Public Schools).

In each site, teacher educators receive two rounds of CRETE training and partners in higher education are actively infusing CRETE into their ongoing programs. Five schools from each local district are trained by ESR or CRC and then provided follow-up coaching to help them hone and apply newly learned CRE skills. The very generous support from the JAMS Foundation will enable this same model to be launched in San Francisco in the 2009-2010 school year. We're hopeful that we may even be able to extend this model beyond these cities - perhaps reaching out to create partnerships in other cities like Denver, Atlanta and Seattle.

So, a hearty "Congratulations!!!!" to our new partners and a huge "THANK YOU" to the JAMS Foundation for their support and vision.

 

ISSUE CONTENTS

Featured Guest Expert: Richard Cohen from School Mediation Associates

Site Sponsor: The JAMS Foundation

CRETE Partner News: Interactive Map

Power Point Slideshow: Helping Students Develop Emotional Awareness to Support CRE

Catalog Resource: Indonesian Peace Education Curriculum - Programa Pendidiken Damai

Catalog Resource: Creating Harmony in the Classroom

Featured Project: Recommended Standards for School-Based Peer Mediation Programs

Global Project: Save the Children Alliance

e-Learning Module: How to Use Class Meetings

Power Point Slideshow: A World of Possibilities

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Featured Ask an Expert Session

Featured Guest Expert: Richard Cohen from School Mediation Associates

Mr. Richard Cohen, Founder and Director of School Mediation Associates will present our first "Ask an Expert" Chat on May 21, 2009 at 8:00pm EST. Have a question or concern about CRE best practices in school-based peer mediation? Attend our first "Ask an Expert" chat session on the topic "Developing Conflict Resolution Skills in Youth: Lessons From Peer Mediation." Our featured guest will present a brief overview of his work and some lessons learned followed by a live chat question and answer session.

The webinar format will let you communicate from your desktop-there is no software to install or purchase. Pre-registered participants will simply sign in to Wayne State University's secure web conferencing tool a few minutes in advance and check their equipment. If you want to use the voice chat, you will need a headset with microphone or a laptop with a noise canceling mic built-in. There is a phone-in option as well, but long-distance charges would apply. Instructions will be provided to participants in a confirmation e-mail prior to the date of the event.
See this item: http://snipurl.com/cohenexpertchat

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Featured Site Sponsor

Site Sponsor: The JAMS Foundation

Learn more about the good works of one of the core supporters of the Conflict Resolution Education Connection, the JAMS Foundation.
See this item: http://snipurl.com/jamsfoundation

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Featured CRE Project

CRETE Partner News: Interactive Map

Check out our interactive map showing the growing number of higher education institutions who are partnering with the CRETE project. You can double-click on the map to zoom into an area, or click and drag to move the map to another region.

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

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Featured Slideshow

Power Point Slideshow: Helping Students Develop Emotional Awareness to Support CRE

This slideshow features Christa Tinari's presentation at the Second International Summit on Conflict Education Resolution Education. Christa explores the foundation abilities students need in order to participate in healthy conflict resolution, including orientation, perception, emotion, communication, creative thinking and critical thinking. The group reviews multiple, developmentally appropriate, low-cost activities that can be used in classroom or counseling settings to develop emotion foundation abilities in students grades K-8. A word document accompanies the slide show, providing additional resources.
See this item: http://snipurl.com/developawareness

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Featured Catalog Resource

Catalog Resource: Indonesian Peace Education Curriculum - Programa Pendidiken Damai

Our collection now features a peace education curriculum presenting an Islamic and Acehnese perspective. The curriculum was developed for use in Aceh schools (Indonesia) and then later translated into English. The project director was a native Acehnese, Dr. Asna Husin. The principal parties to the development of the curriculum were a UNICEF, Nonviolence International (Washington, DC) AusAID (UNICEF AUstralia) and education experts in Aceh.

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

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Featured Catalog Resource

Catalog Resource: Creating Harmony in the Classroom

Creating Harmony in the Classroom: Building Safe and Inclusive Classrooms for Special Populations

This 231-page manual developed with support from Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) is designed "to assist teachers with building an inclusive and safe classroom for all students, including special needs, deaf and visually impaired youth". The manual includes chapters on building self-awareness in students, enhancing students' problem-solving skills, mediation in school settings, evaluating conflict resolution education programs and a chapter on resources.

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

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Featured CRE Project

Featured Project: Recommended Standards for School-Based Peer Mediation Programs

Get a copy of the revised guidelines for school-based peer mediation programs developed by a special committee of the Association for Conflict Resolution. Benchmark your program today!

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

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Featured CRE Project

Global Project: Save the Children Alliance

"Save the Children" is the world's largest independent organization for children, making a difference to children's lives in over 120 countries. Rewrite the Future, focused on supporting quality education in high conflict zones, is the first global campaign involving ALL 27 members of the Save the Children Alliance.


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

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Featured Learning Module

e-Learning Module: How to Use Class Meetings

Our learning modules can be played online or downloaded and imported into a course management program like Blackboard or Moodle.
Our first featured module is: How to Use Class Meetings
The purpose of this online interactive module is to help teachers to identify different types of class meetings; create ideas and activities for class meetings; and identify the communications skills that can be learned and applied during class meetings.
See this item: http://snipurl.com/classmeetings

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Featured Slideshow

Power Point Slideshow: A World of Possibilities

A World of Possibilities: CRE and Peace Education Around the Globe
Check out this online slide show presented by Tricia Jones at Sustaining Conflict Resolution Education: Building Bridges to the Future Conference, Fairfax, VA in March of 2008. The session presents summaries of important activities related to global expansion of conflict resolution education and peace education.
See this item: http://snipurl.com/worldpossibilities

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