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Communication skills are at the very core of conflict resolution. Students can develop a set of integrated skills that serve them well in a range of settings, and teachers benefit as well.  We’re working on a set of online learning modules to visitors explore key concepts related to communication and conflict. Modules available for use now include those listed below. All of these can be uploaded into a course management system like Blackboard or Moodle to be used as assignments, or can be browsed online. Check our regularly updated list of learning modules for the latest additions.

Understanding Soft versus Firm Limits

Interpersonal Skills: Communicating Respect vs Disrepect

Emotional Awareness

Here’s a screenshot from the Soft vs Firm Limits module:

screenshot of soft vs firm limits learning module

Communication Skills

These links provide details on key skills related to communication needed by conflict-competent students and teachers.

Related Catalog Resources

Below you'll find a randomized listing of up to 20 related items (we may have more...) drawn from our Resource Catalog.


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M.O.V.E.: Mind over violence everywhere 88-page PDF manual developed to provide learning materials on violence prevention for youth with low literacy skills. The objectives of M.O.V.E. are to: Increase awareness of violence and develop skills to prevent violence, increase literacy through non-traditional learning activities, encourage youth to participate actively and assist the...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Harmony Island STAR and APE Activity Handouts This 6-page pdf provides colorful poster and handout examples excerpted from the Teacher's Guide for Harmony Island by Academic Edge, Inc. Harmony Island is a multimedia-enhanced conflict resolution curriculum designed to help learners broaden their understanding of conflicts and develop their conflict resolution skills. Students are introduced to...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Opening the door to nonviolence: Peace education manual for primary school children Electronic version of the second edition of a teacher's guide for teaching peace education to primary school students. "Part I is designed as a training in affirmation, cooperation and communication. Part II deals with the healing of trauma; Part III is about bias and prejudices. Part IV introduces peaceful problem solving and nonviolent conflict...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Conflict resolution and peer mediation, volume II: Elementary school guide 52-page pdf guide used to teach conflict resolution and peer mediation in elementary schools. Includes 10 lesson plans covering topics such as "dealing with feelings," "building self-esteem," "exploring the issue of stereotypes" and "introducing peer mediation to students." Includes bibliography. Catalog Listing

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Cooperative Problem-Solving : A Guide to Turning Conflicts into Agreements This 56-page pdf is a guide designed for people who want to know how to resolve conflicts with other people in a way that leads to mutual agreements and stronger relationships. It was developed as a workbook for a workshop of the same title, but it can be used independently. Based on the book Getting to Yes, the Guide addresses: - Treating...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Confidentiality Pdf document which discusses the concept of confidentiality in social and emotional learning environments. Written above title on document: NCIP (National Curriculum Integration Project). Catalog Listing

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Tackling tough topics: An educator's guide for working with military kids 12-page pdf booklet "created by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to assist educators in better understanding and being responsive to the unique issues facing military kids whose parents or loved ones have been or are currently deployed. It provides practical, hands-on information to help those in school settings...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Electing classroom officers and organizing your classes Word document that presents the idea of electing classroom officers to form positive relationships with students and to create classroom community, each position is defined and job duties detailed. Catalog Listing

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VOV activities: Preventing feelings of isolation through trust and cooperation, grades 7-12 6-page PDF with activities for 7-12 graders to improve communication skills and build trust. Catalog Listing

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Setting up a dialogue session One page diagram of the steps involved in setting up a dialogue session. Catalog Listing

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VOV activities: Strengthening your sense of self-identity, grades 7-12 8-page PDF document with activities for 7-12 graders to build communication skills and self-esteem. Catalog Listing

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Practicing peace: A peace education module for standards 4 through 6 in Solomon Islands 87-page word document which presents peace education for the Solomon Islands context. "The primary method used in peace education is generally referred to as a "facilitated" or "interactive" model of teaching. In this method, the teacher becomes a facilitator of learning and a co-learner with the students. Students and teachers use experiential...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Pre-Service School Administrator Curriculum A 179-page pdf document containing a five module curriculum designed to enable administrators to examine conflict and better understand the process of conflict management. It serves as a companion curriculum to the Center for the Prevention of School Violence's "Reach In, Reach Out, Reach Over Conflict Management Curriculum" and provides...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Talking stick, The and The tree of gratefulness: Autumn -- thankfulness at harvest time 7-page PDF lesson plan which helps students, "to use nature as a means of expressing respect and gratitude." Projects include creating and using a talking stick. Catalog Listing

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Training overview Word document with training overview for faculty participants in nonverbal communication training. Catalog Listing

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VOV activities: Learning nonviolent conflict resolution skills, grades 7-12 13-page PDF document which presents activities for 7-12 graders to improve conflict resolution skills. Catalog Listing

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Sample newsletter article: bullying among children and youth Pdf document presenting a sample newsletter article on bullying. Catalog Listing

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VOV activities: Understanding the value of dialog, grades 7-12 13-page PDF document with a number of activities to aid secondary students in improving communication skills. Catalog Listing

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Reaching across boundaries: Talk to create change 21-page pdf handbook which, "shows you how to conduct Mix It Up Dialogues. In the dialogues, participants will have honest discussions about social boundaries, and they will plan action projects that help cross those boundaries ... Mix It Up Dialogues aren't just about talking, however. They're also about taking action -- changing personal...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Positive approaches to discipline scenario Web-based interactive scenario which "demonstrates the differences between positive discipline and punishment. Discipline techniques focus on what we want the child to learn and what the child is capable of learning. Punishment, on the other hand, focuses on misbehavior and may do little or nothing to help a child behave better in the future. The...(see more) Catalog Listing

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