|Catonsville Center for Alternative Studies (Baltimore
In collaboration with the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Catonsville Center for Alternative Studies plans to continue implementation of a cognitive-behavioral anger management program (CBAMP) within the school’s personal development curriculum and reassess the progress of past student participants. Catonsville plans to incorporate the anger management and conflict resolution skills and concepts of this program into the school’s behavioral management system and adventure-based education program.
Crestwood Middle School (Frederick County)
In collaboration with CALM, a Frederick County mediation agency, Crestwood Middle plans to strengthen its existing peer mediation program through staff in-service training and curriculum development. They will also create an anger management program that will offer focused intervention and support by CALM youth mediation specialists to students identified as exhibiting aggressive orientations and anti-social tendencies.
Crisfield Academy and High School (Somerset County)
Crisfield Academy and High School plans to strengthen its peer mediation program through additional training. They will also provide ongoing conflict resolution training to staff and students in an effort to promote respectful classrooms and reduce the number of fights and discipline referrals.
In an effort to promote a peaceful learning environment for all students, Dallas F. Nicolas Elementary School plans to initiate and expand the school’s conflict resolution program. A holistic educational approach that includes daily rap training for teachers, student training in anti-bullying/teasing, and the provision of gang activity information to parents is planned as an effective means of initiating positive change both in their school and community.
Dr. Rayner Browne Middle School (Baltimore City)
Dr. Rayner Browne Middle School plans to bolster the unity and cohesion of the school community by incorporating conflict resolution and group dynamic skills training into their curriculum. Students will gain an understanding of personal idiosyncrasies and pet peeves, and learn to be accepting of all. Practical application of these skills will be made possible through a series of expeditionary learning courses and community service projects.
Edgecombe Circle Elementary School (Baltimore City)
In an effort to reduce school violence and to get to the roots of student conflict, Edgecombe Circle plans to initiate an innovative, intensive training program that will involve students, teachers, parents, and the community at large. This program will incorporate peer mediation training, problem solving, decision making, and many other social skills. Students will be taught how to cope with emotions and differences without resorting to violence, in an effort to shape proud, self-confident, and self-respecting individuals.
Garrett Heights Elementary School (Baltimore City)
In collaboration with Alleyne’s Administrative/Educational Services, Garrett Heights Elementary School plans to expand and strengthen its current comprehensive conflict resolution program. A holistic approach involving students, staff, faculty, parents, and the community will be an effective means of reducing violence and creating a safe and positive learning environment.
Gale-Bailey Elementary School (Baltimore City)
Kent Island High School (Queen Anne’s County)
In an effort to decrease conflict and create a more positive learning environment, Kent Island High School plans to establish a peer mediation/conflict resolution program that will be a continuation of the program currently running in their feeder middle school, Stevensville Middle. This program will promote healthy means of dealing with conflict and will allow students to take responsibility for their own behavior.
Parkland Magnet Middle School for Aerospace Technology (Montgomery County)
Parkland Magnet plans to initiate a peer mediation program in an effort to reduce the number of out of school suspensions and referrals on students. The school will train students and staff in conflict education and the basic tenets of character education. Positive communication will be stressed and modeled through regularly scheduled monthly classroom presentations.
Perryville Middle School (Cecil County)
Perryville plans to enhance their current Conflict Resolution Program. They will strengthen the Peer Mediation program that is in place through further training and promotion with students, staff, and community. A team of teachers, counselors, and administration will attend Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) Training so they can adopt this program school wide. In addition, Perryville Middle plans to expand their Advisor program with new materials and ongoing staff development.
Piccowaxen Middle School (Charles County)
Piccowaxen Middle will expand its peer mediation program and assist staff and students in becoming more involved in conflict resolution and intervention. They will be raising the awareness of conflict styles and the need for a peaceful community that promotes a safe and positive learning environment.
Pocomoke Elementary School (Worcester County)
Pocomoke Elementary will be implementing the award-winning Second Step violence prevention program in pre-kindergarten through grade 3. This program teaches social and emotional skills for violence prevention and includes research-based, teacher friendly curricula and training for educators and parent-education components.
Pocomoke Middle School (Worcester County)
Pocomoke will be expanding current initiatives aimed at the reduction of violence and the promotion of character building and positive communication, including their successful Character Education Program, Project Wisdom, Bully Busters, Mentoring, Family Nights, PEACE week, and PBIS initiatives. They also plan to implement the Second Step Program, the Steps to Respect: A Bullying Prevention Program, The Why Try Program, and a twelve session Creative Conflict Resolution Course taught by local Health Department counselors.
Richard Montgomery High School (Montgomery County)
Richard Montgomery High School will extend the PILOT program (an alternative program for students having difficulties) by utilizing resources to further educate staff through professional development, enhance the peer mediation program, offer a student leadership retreat and infuse instructional resources that focus on student activated learning.
Stevensville Middle School (Queen Anne’s County)
Stevensville Middle is dedicated to promoting conflict resolution skills among alll of its students. It plans to implement conflict resolution lessons within every classroom and continue to address student conflicts through peer mediation. This comprehensive plan of action is designed to reduce conflict, fighting, and office referrals.
Silver Spring International Middle School (Montgomery County)
Silver Spring International Middle plans to highlight its peer mediation program this year, seeking broader exposure of the program among its students, parents, staff, and community. Peer mediation is an effective means of instilling leadership skills in students, fostering a sense of community, and teaching students to take accountability for their actions.
Thomas Stone plans to compliment, expand, and strengthen its current conflict resolution initiatives. A more comprehensive plan that includes peer mediation, staff training, and education, including lessons on anger management and self-esteem, will promote a more peaceful, positive environment.
Twin Ridge Elementary School (Frederick County)
Twin Ridge Elementary plans to expand its newly launched, school-wide discipline program which is aimed at maintaining a consistent and uniform means of addressing student conflict and behavioral issues. The program incorporates all faculty and staff. A positive reinforcement system is in place and students are recognized for good behavior. Consistent language and skill training is used throughout the school, and students are taught how to deal with emotions and each other in a positive manner.
Westlake High School (Waldorf County)
Westlake High plans to expand its current comprehensive conflict management program. Westlake will work to increase the visibility of the peer mediation program, incorporate conflict resolution lessons into the curriculum, educate parents on various tips to assist their children with conflict resolution, and provide further training to staff and faculty. In addition, Westlake plans to enact a reward system to encourage more students to participate in peer mediation as a strategy for resolving conflict.
Windsor Hills Elementary School (Baltimore City)
Windsor Hills Elementary plans to introduce and enhance the daily rap
training for students, staff and volunteers presented by the Community
Conferencing Center. Incorporating daily rap sessions throughout the day
and providing incentives for positive behavior are strategies planned
for creating an orderly and peaceful school environment.