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2004-2005 Grant Recipients

Bear Creek Elementary School (Baltimore County)

Bear Creek Elementary School initiated a peer mediation program to compliment its school-wide character program, called “Character All-Stars.” Monthly guidance lessons on the topic of conflict resolution were provided to classrooms and an outside theatre group presented an assembly focused on interpersonal and social problem-solving skills.

Bennett Middle School (Wicomico County)

Building on its existing programs with peer educators, peer mediators and peer mentors, Bennett Middle School expanded its efforts in several directions. A staff manual was produced documenting intervention strategies and resources for use by staff in the implementation of its bully intervention program. Staff training on some of these strategies was scheduled. Peer mediators were trained and the program was expanded to more students through the use of peer educators, who taught conflict management lessons to each homeroom.

Berlin Intermediate School (Worcester County)

Building on its current peer mediation program, Berlin Intermediate School introduced
“Blow the Whistle on a Bully,” its anti-bullying program. Lessons were taught by
classroom teachers and school counselors after a pre-project survey of students was
conducted. The Peer Mediation program was further enhanced, with extensive training to
the entire student body and staff. In addition, a number of peer mediators attended a two-
day training with other mediators from across the state, held in Ocean City.

Braddock Middle School (Allegheny County)

Braddock Middle School initiated both PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Solutions) and peer mediation. A PBIS school team developed the school program for Braddock in July 2004; the program, including school wide rules and teacher lesson plans, was introduced during the first two weeks of school.

Cross Country Elementary School (Baltimore City)

Using Sunburst Video materials regarding bullying prevention, conflict resolution techniques and character education, Cross Country Elementary introduced lessons to support conflict resolution skill development.

Crossroads Middle School (Baltimore City)

Partnering with the Baltimore Mediation Center and the American Friends Services Committee’s Help Increase the Peace Program, Crossroads Middle School initiated a Peer Mediation Program. Thirteen students were selected based on recommendations of their peers and teachers, and received skill-based training. In February, the peer mediators hosted workshops during the Crossroads Week Against Violence.

Deer Park Elementary School Deer Park Elementary School
(Baltimore County)

Using Sunburst video curriculum materials, the counselor is introducing conflict resolution skills, specifically targeting anger management and problem-solving skills. At two assemblies, the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre presented “Building Bridges”, which addressed positive ways to handle conflicts and introduced the concept of peer mediation.

Digital Harbor High School (Baltimore City)

Digital Harbor has expanded on the HIPP (Help Increase the Peace) Program piloted in 2003-2004. The September Kick-Off with students, teachers, counselors and parents included a moving libation ceremony. Weekly meetings have focused on topics including cycles of conflict, anger management skills, and school projects in ordinance with the HIPP vision. Students from the HIPP Program presented at a monthly faculty meeting and numerous students requested that HIPP present specifically to their classes. Twelve peer mediators have been trained by Kathryn Liss, of the American Friends Service Committee, and mediations have commenced. HIPP Students visited the Baltimore City District Court, seeing firsthand the relevance of conflict resolution in the field of law. In December, seven HIPP members attended an overnight retreat with the Connections Group at Frederick High School, in which they discussed social boundaries, body image issues and cultural differences among students, some indicating it was a life-changing event.

Dumbarton Middle School (Baltimore County)

Dumbarton Middle School expanded its current peer mediation and peer helper program using Sunburst training materials. In addition, it created Dumbarton Ambassadors, a group of 10-15 students from each grade to help with the orientation of new students.

Germantown Elementary School (Anne Arundel County)

Germantown Elementary used the grant funds to purchase curriculum kits for the “Steps to Respect” Program for grades 3 -5. Teachers use the materials to teach fifteen minute lessons twice a week.

Hamilton Elementary/Middle School #236 (Baltimore City)

Hamilton Elementary/Middle School began a peer mediation program in 2003-2004. Grant money was used to involve the entire school in conflict resolution education through outside theatre presentations: Blue Sky Puppet Theatre (pre-K – 6) and Involvement Theatre.

Leonardtown High School (St. Mary’s County)

Building on its current peer mediation program, Leonardtown High School has gained a larger scale student involvement in conflict resolution education through the use of 20 minute daily advisories, led by faculty advisors and peer leaders.

Marion Sarah Peyton Elementary School (Somerset County)

A peer mediation program was started at Marion Sarah Peyton Elementary School as part of a countywide initiative for peer mediation programs in all Somerset County public schools. Students received the initial peer mediation training in July 2004. Books, videos, tee shirts and incentives were purchased to support the program.

Monocacy Valley Montessori School (Frederick County)

A public charter school of approximately 180 students ranging from pre-K through 8th grade, Monocacy Valley Montessori initiated the creation of a conflict resolution education program. Pre-project surveys of students, teachers, staff and families were used to assess beliefs about effective conflict resolution. Varied curriculum materials, and games, books and videos were purchased to incorporate into classroom instruction.

Mount Harmony Elementary School (Calvert County)

Using the “BE Cool” program materials, the guidance counselor has been presenting two anti-violence lessons per month to each class.

Mutual Elementary School (Calvert County)

The Second Step Program has been the basis of monthly guidance classroom lessons with each class at an age appropriate level, including “Empathy Training” and “Impulse Control and Problem Solving.” In addition, the “Mighty Mustang” library of conflict resolution books is serving as a resource for teachers to read aloud and as students’ recommended reading.

Oliver Beach Elementary School (Baltimore County)

Building on its current character education and peer mediation programs, Oliver Beach Elementary School created the Peace Players Drama Group, an after-school student club composed of fifth grade students. The group presented instructive assemblies related to trustworthiness, problem solving, tolerance and perseverance, and other traits.

Pine Crest Elementary School (Montgomery County)

Pine Crest Elementary School has initiated the introduction of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Books and teacher handbooks were purchased. During staff in-service time, the program was introduced. Some teachers have effectively used class meetings regularly to address conflict resolution and bullying issues.

Rockledge Elementary School (Prince Georges County)

Building onto its current peer mediation program, Rockledge Elementary School introduced a school wide anti-bullying program, which included teacher training, parent training and guidance classroom lessons. Weekly classroom meetings and incentives focused attention on the anti-bullying program. The Kids on the Block puppet presentation supported the conflict resolution education program.

Winand Elementary School (Baltimore County)

Winand Elementary is working toward the establishment of a school wide behavior program that creates a positive schools environment and promotes academic success. It began the school year with the printing and posting of Code of Conduct posters, compiling Behavior Binders that review the school’s expectations of students and teachers in the discipline process. Second Step Violence Prevention Curriculum materials were purchased in order for each teacher to incorporate in weekly classroom lessons. The peer mediation program planned has been postponed, with a target start date in the fall of 2005.

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