CRE Connection

September 2009 CRETE News

Welcome to This Edition

A New School Year Underway!

IN THIS ISSUE: The Conflict Resolution Day Contests and Website Interactives

Welcome to another exciting school year. The folks here at the Conflict Resolution Education Connection hope you are off to a good start in the work you do, whether it is in schools or outside. In this issue of the newsletter, we want to call your attention to some of the exciting events associated with International Conflict Resolution Day and to encourage you to get involved.

In particular, we hope you might join us for a special online webinar entitled Conflict Resolution Educational Gaming: Behind the Scenes with Cool School & Harmony Island to be held October 13th at 3:00 pm Eastern. We will be chatting with the developers of two great educational games: Cool School - Where Peace Rules! (for grades K-3) and Harmony Island - A Tropical Conflict Resolution Adventure (for grades 6-12). As a special bonus, we will be giving away copies of both games. The drawing will be held on Conflict Resolution Day.

Of course, we also want to call your attention to just a few of the great features of CREducation.org, so please do read on.

Best wishes for a great Fall season.

Bill Warters
CREducation.org Webmaster

 

ISSUE CONTENTS

CR Day CONTESTS - Students Can Enter and Win

CRETE Connection Special Feature: CR Day GAMES PAGE!

Browse Our Catalog by Practice Area - Peer Mediation example

Online Videos: A Resource For Teachers

Power Point Slideshows: Slides From SEL CRE PE CE Policy Summit Now Available

How to Become a CRE Blogger: Demo Video

e-Learning Module: Bullying Prevention

Site Sponsor: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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Featured CRE Project

CR Day CONTESTS - Students Can Enter and Win

This year Conflict Resolution Day is on October 15, 2009. The Annual International Celebration takes place every third Thursday in October. There is still time for students in your school to become involved. The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is hosting two great contests for teachers and their students to promote the annual celebration. flyer

There is a Video Contest which is geared to College and University students. In this contest, students are invited to create and 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. There are some real nice prizes, so be sure to spread the word.

There is also a Poetry Contest for students in elementary, middle/intermediate and high schools. The contests are open for registration now. The links to the contests and additional opportunities and information for Conflict Resolution Day about contest rules, promotional flyers, listings of past events and sample letters requesting a gubernatorial proclamation can be viewed on our website.
See this item: http://creducation.org/cre/crday/teachers/

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Featured CRETE Website Section

CRETE Connection Special Feature: CR Day GAMES PAGE!

Play and Win! Score Prizes!
In preparation for Conflict Resolution Day (October 15th), the Conflict Resolution Education Connection as put together a fun set of Interactive Games. Featured on the page are word searches, Snakes and Ladders, matching, Snakes Alive! and more. We link directly to a number of externally produced interactive games, and we are featuring video previews of two games we will be GIVING AWAY to some lucky winners in a drawing on Conflict Resolution Day. You’ll definitely want to check out the previews of Harmony Island (Grades 6-12) and Cool School (Grades K-3) to see if they might be of interest to your students or trainees. Stay tuned for more information on entering the drawing! Visit the Interactive Games Page on our website today.
See this item: http://creducation.org/cre/crday/games/

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Featured Catalog Resource

Browse Our Catalog by Practice Area - Peer Mediation example

New users may not be aware that you can go directly to our resource catalog (see the link at the bottom of all CREducation.org main site pages) and browse by a variety of different topic areas. Once you are in the Resource Catalog, you'll see the browse link in the top toolbar that will provide you with topical choices. As an example, to quickly find all catalog resources that were associated with Peer Mediation, you would select the topic "CRE Practice Areas" and then "Peer Mediation" and you'd find all these great resources
See this item: http://snipurl.com/browsepm

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Featured CRETE Website Section

Online Videos: A Resource For Teachers

This particular section of the CREducation.org site is focused on providing quick access to conflict resolution related videos. More will be added over time, with the most recent additions placed at the top of the page. You can bookmark the "permanent link" to a video if you want to link back to it later. Here are some samples of video titles on the board now:
"Smart Hearts: Social and Emotional Learning Overview"
"The Forum: Conflict Resolution in a Circle"
“On the Spot Mediation – how to use your skills in everyday life”
“Using Classroom Meetings”
“Positions and interests-Brief Overview”
“Quality Education to Build Peace”

See the link below.

See this item: http://creducation.org/cre/goto/vids

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Featured Slideshow

Power Point Slideshows: Slides From SEL CRE PE CE Policy Summit Now Available

On June 19-20 2009 an international group met in Cleveland to collaborate and review effective capacity building and sustainability approaches for CRE/SEL/PE/CE (Conflict Resolution Education/Social Emotional Learning/Peace Education/Character Education) policy development and implementation in primary, secondary, and the college/university level. The presentation slides from this meeting are now available at the link provided.
See this item: http://creducation.org/cre/goto/summit/

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Featured Video

How to Become a CRE Blogger: Demo Video

Invitation to Blog on the Conflict Resolution Education Connection Website

One of the great features on the CRETE website is the ability for you to share your professional knowledge and experience with others by Blogging on the website. You can write new posts, and/or post responses and comments. As you post more items you build name recognition AND support the site. Some helpful blogs on the CRETE website are located on the Teacher’s & Trainers, Researcher’s, CRE Around the Globe (Global) and Policy-Makers & Administrator’s pages. Be sure to check out these Blog pages for current news and trends!

Please view our "How to Blog demo video" to find out how to participate and Happy Blogging!

See this item: http://creducation.org/cre/goto/blogvid/

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Featured Learning Module

e-Learning Module: Bullying Prevention

Our e-learning module about Bullying Prevention explores the problem of bullying in schools and what can be done about it. 
The learning objectives include providing participants with the ability to:

* State definitions and types of bullying

* List the short and long-term effects of bullying
* Describe places where bullying happens

* State examples of effective and appropriate bullying interventions

* Describe the roles of parents, siblings and others in preventing bullying

* Recognize the requirements of a school bullying prevention program

* Locate resources for bully prevention

Visit our website and view our online version. When you visit the website, note that you can also download a zipped copy to use on your web server and/or download a version of our modules for import into Blackboard or Moodle.
See this item: http://creducation.org/cre/goto/nobully

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Site Sponsor: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Featured Site Sponsor: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. The Foundation played an important role in the early development of the Conflict Resolution Education for Teacher Education Project (CRETE) and they provide ongoing support for Open Educational Resources. The Foundation's programs have ambitious goals that include: helping to reduce global poverty, limiting the risk of climate change, improving education for students in California and elsewhere, improving reproductive health and rights worldwide, supporting vibrant performing arts in our community, advancing the field of philanthropy, and supporting disadvantaged communities primarily located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please visit their website to learn more about the Foundation and their work.
See this item: http://snipurl.com/hewlettfoundation

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