Bohemia Manor Middle School (Cecil County)
Bohemia Manor Middle School is implementing a comprehensive program for improving their school climate. Grant funding supports staff development in the area of conflict management, training for a peer mediation program, improvements to their character education program and staff development and materials for PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions Supports) training and implementation.
Chestertown Middle School (Kent County)
Chestertown Middle School is seeking to decrease instructional disruption and incidents of bullying, gang behavior and racial/ethnic bias through staff and student training in conflict resolution concepts, vocabulary and strategies. Training will take form in professional development, curriculum infusion, after school activities and non-punishment based discipline techniques.
Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School (Montgomery County)
Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School will be establishing a peer mediation program in order to address the aggressive or violent behavior too commonly used among students to solve problems. The peer mediation program is seen as a tool to empower students to solve problems before they escalate into violence.
Crestwood Middle School (Frederick County)
Crestwood Middle School continues to strengthen their peer mediation program which was established in 2007-2008 through training of their mediators in collaboration with New Market Middle School, a nearby school just launching a peer mediation program. They also continue to provide anger management training to both a male and female group. Their program functions as a partnership with CALM, a Frederick County Mediation Agency, and supports their work as a PBIS school.
Crisfield Academy and High School (Somerset County)
Crisfield Academy and High School began a peer mediation program in 2007-2008. In the 2008-2009 school year, they continue to work on expanding the use of the peer mediation program. They are also working toward building conflict resolution skills through education of the community.
The Crossroads School (Baltimore City)
A charter school, Crossroads received a C-DRUM grant in 2004 to support its launch of a peer mediation program. This year they are working to increase the number of referrals to peer mediation and incorporate the performing arts as a tool for exploring conflict resolution strategies. They have been using some of the conflict resolution lessons from the Ohio Resource Guide in their advisory groups and for ongoing peer mediation training.
Edgecombe Circle Elementary/Middle School (Baltimore City)
Edgecombe Circle Elementary/Middle School is expanding their conflict resolution program launched through a grant in 2007-2008. Specifically, there is staff training focused on offering additional discipline options that foster a more proactive approach; the “Gentleman’s Club” and “Sophisticated Ladies Club” for students in need of extra support; and an expanded peer mediation program. The school is collaborating with Alleyne’s Administrative/Educational Services.
Furley Elementary School (Baltimore City)
Furley Elementary School is working toward the development of a comprehensive peaceable school program that focuses on the whole school. There is training with students, parents and faculty regarding conflict resolution principles and techniques, classroom management strategies and operational systems of the school. The school is collaborating with North Baltimore Center, an affiliate of Sheppard Pratt Health System.
Galena Middle School (Kent County)
Galena Middle School is seeking to decrease instructional disruption and incidents of bullying, gang behavior and racial/ethnic bias through staff and student training in conflict resolution concepts, vocabulary and strategies. Training will take place in professional development, curriculum infusion, after school activities and non-punishment based discipline techniques.
Garrett Heights Elementary/Middle School (Baltimore City)
Garrett Heights Elementary/Middle School is building on their conflict resolution program launched through a grant in 2007-2008. There is staff training to all current and peer mediation in the development of a wider base of student peer mediators from grades 3-7. Also there are the “Gentleman’s Club” and the “Sophisticated Ladies Club” for students in need of extra support. The school is collaborating with Alleyne’s Administrative/Educational Services.
Homewood Center (Alternative School in Howard County)
Homewood Center receives 6-12th graders students from the entire district for whom normal behavior interventions have not been effective. Their conflict resolution program includes staff development programs in avoiding power struggles and depersonalizing conflict and the institution of a peer mediation program.
James M. Bennett High School(Wicomico County)
James M. Bennett High School plans to promote the expanded use of conflict resolution techniques through additional training of Freshman Seminar teachers, enhanced educational materials, targeting and training of at-risk students and the development of a voluntary alternative to suspension. Their program is in collaboration with the Community Mediation Initiative at the Center for Conflict Resolution at Salisbury University.
Kent Island High School (Queen Anne’s County)
Building on their peer mediation program first launched in 2007-2008, Kent Island High School is focused on expanding the use of the program through improved marketing and additional training of new mediators in the new 9th grade building.
Leonardtown Middle School (St. Mary’s County)
Leonardtown Middle School has instituted a conflict resolution program that uses the Natural Helpers program and the conflict resolution lessons in the School Conflict Resolution Resource Guides. The Natural Helpers Program seeks to identify the informal “helping network” that exists among friends and adults, and provides training and support to students and adults who already serve as helpers. They have also instituted a Kindness Coin Campaign that rewards random acts of kindness, with a reward donut breakfast to encourage more of this behavior throughout the school.
Loiederman Middle School (Montgomery County)
Expanding the peer mediation program that was launched in 2007-2008, Loiederman Middle School is using the grant to provide support for additional training, education and funds. The overall intent is to integrate the peer mediation program into a Restorative Practices approach.
New Market Middle School (Frederick County)
New Market Middle School is developing and implementing a peer mediation program in collaboration with Crestwood Middle School and CALM, a Frederick County Mediation Agency.
Parkside High School (Wicomico County)
Parkside High School is developing awareness of bullying and harassment issues through the presentation of a program called “Rachel’s Challenge”. Presentations were made to the students and the parent community based on Rachel Scott’s life and plans exist to create a youth group to keep the work of kindness alive in the school community.
Piccowaxen Middle School (Charles County)
Piccowaxen Middle School continues the development of a positive school that encompasses conflict resolution and safety among staff and students. Efforts include expanding the peer mediation program launched in 2007-2008, providing staff training aimed at better classroom management, and integrating conflict resolution lessons into the curriculum. They have also implemented “peace competitions” among grade levels and the first annual “Mix it Up Day” as part of their PBIS program newly adopted in 2007-2008.
Rising Sun Elementary School (Cecil County)
In seeking to help students become independent and effective problem solvers, Rising Sun Elementary School has launched a conflict resolution program. The School Counselor has taught numerous conflict resolution lessons to pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. They have also launched a peer mediation program and will be providing parent training using the Love and Logic Parenting Materials.
Roberto Clemente Middle School (Montgomery County)
Roberto Clemente Middle School is initiating a peer mediation program in order to improve school climate by using the students who are trained as peer mediators and as peer educators to help resolve conflicts within the school environment.
Sherwood High School (Montgomery County)
Building on their peer mediation program launched in 2007-2008, Sherwood High School is trying to expand the program and promote a school learning environment of mutual respect. Their goal is to teach communication/life skills to staff and students and work in partnership with its feeder schools and community.
The Stadium School (Baltimore City)
The Stadium School is developing a conflict resolution program with several initiatives. They are partnering with Community Conferencing, a restorative justice organization, and teachers are receiving Daily Rap training to use in classrooms. Partnering with the Community Mediation Program to provide training, they have initiated a peer mediation program. They are also promoting the teaching of conflict resolution lessons in the classroom through the creation of a Teacher Resource Book of lessons divided into conflict concepts.
Twin Ridge Elementary School (Frederick County)
Twin Ridge Elementary School is building on its current programs aimed at promoting positive behavior in the school through the use of positive reinforcement, consistent language throughout the school and a structured discipline plan. They continue to promote the curricular infusion of conflict resolution lessons, staff training regarding classroom management, and bullying prevention education.
Watkins Mill High School (Montgomery County)
Watkins Mill High is launching a peer mediation program, utilizing previously trained peer mediators in middle school, who are incoming ninth graders.
Westlake High School (Charles County)
Westlake High School continues to build on its comprehensive conflict resolution program that includes working with students, faculty and parents. Peer mediation, classroom guidance, faculty training and group counseling are the footholds of the program.
William H. Lemmel Middle School (Baltimore City)
William H. Lemmel Middle School is expanding their conflict resolution programs with Daily Rap training for staff, and training for parents, staff and students on prevention/coping strategies to combat bullying, teasing and gang activities.