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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.