Director, Schools Conflict Resolution Education Programs, Center for Dispute Resolution (C-DRUM)Phone: (410) 706-3143
Barbara Sugarman Grochal, M.A.T., M.B.A. and C.P.C.C. (Certified Professional Co-active Coach), is the Director of the Schools Conflict Resolution Education Programs at the Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (C-DRUM). From 2004-2014, she directed the MD Judiciary-supported statewide Conflict Resolution Education Grants Program, which focused on the development of school conflict resolution programs for students, staff and parents in conjunction with the Mediation Clinic. Currently, she supports improved school conflict management at the state, district and school level, providing consulting, training and coaching in restorative practices, mediation and peer mediation, bullying prevention and violence prevention. Ms. Grochal received the Champion of Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) Award in 2011 on the International Conflict Resolution Education website.
Ms. Grochal graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in English and History, and an M.A.T. in Teaching English and History. She completed an M.B.A. in Management and Finance at Loyola College in Maryland. In 2013, she became a licensed trainer with the International Institute of Restorative Practices. An experienced mediator and facilitator, Ms. Grochal is also a trained and certified professional and executive life coach who works with a variety of coaching clients from education, business and non-profit organizations.