Calverton Elementary/Middle School is expanding their conflict resolution program, 1100 Peace, developed over the last decade in collaboration with the University of Maryland School Mental Health Program (SMHP) and its affiliated agency, the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH). Program activities include regular meetings of core planning staff, awards for staff Peacekeeper of the Month, curriculum infusion staff trainings, and trainings for peer mediation.
Francis Scott Key Technology Magnet School is introducing Key Peace, a school wide conflict resolution program, in collaboration with the University of Maryland School Mental Health Program (SMHP) and its affiliated agency, the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH). Mediations are conducted by trained staff and peer mediators. Additional activities include regular meetings of core planning staff, awards for staff Peacekeeper of the Month, curriculum infusion staff trainings, and trainings for peer mediation.
The Crossroads School is building on its comprehensive school-wide conflict resolution/peer mediation and anger management program. A charter school, Crossroads received a C-DRUM grant in 2004 to support the launch of a peer mediation program. It was awarded a grant to expand the program to incorporate the use of circles in 2008-2009. In the 2009-2010 school year, the plan is to utilize funds remaining from last year’s grant to expand the peer mediation program, and partner with a contractor, Wombworks, to create performing arts presentations for use in school wide community meetings.
Furley Elementary School is building on the comprehensive peaceable education program introduced in 2008-2009 in collaboration with the North Baltimore Center, Inc., an affiliate of Sheppard Pratt Health System. Instituting a peer mediation program is the central focus, while working to build skill-based learning into the curriculum, into classroom management strategies and the operational systems of the school.
The Stadium School is building on its conflict resolution program initiated in 2008-2009. Specifically, they are supporting use of the Daily Rap, a classroom circle tool through training by the Community Conferencing Center; expanding their peer mediation program; introducing PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports), a data-based infrastructure based on behavior rewards; and infusing conflict resolution education into the curriculum.
Windy Hill Elementary School is launching a peer mediation program. They are currently a PBIS School and intend to use peer mediation as a tool to promote positive peer relations.
Bohemia Manor Middle School is expanding its comprehensive conflict resolution program introduced in 2008-2009. Specifically, they are working to:
Elkton Middle School is expanding their conflict resolution program, which focuses on peer mediation, anti-bullying, and positive incentives through its PBIS program. The grant provides support for curriculum infusion of conflict resolution education and character education, and peer mediation training.
Linganore High School is implementing a peer mediation program this year. They are also conducting leadership workshops and motivational workshops based on strategies introduced by Jeff Yalden, a life coach on MTV’s series MADE.
Whittier Elementary School is building on its current PBIS program with the Bucket Fillers program, a program that teaches children to incorporate kind and thoughtful phrased into everyday language. Their intent is to decrease bullying and aggressive behaviors.
Southern Middle School is working to enhance the bullying component of their character education program, Second Step, by incorporating conflict resolution lessons and strategies school wide. The design of their program involves developing a Conflict Resolution Committee comprised of not only school educators but also community agency personnel; the community agencies and outside speakers provide presentations to the student body on a monthly basis.
Magnolia Middle School is focusing their efforts on promoting positive peer relationships, reducing office referrals, and encouraging positive behavior choices. Efforts include staff training around diversity issues, character education, and bullying prevention training for students.
Homewood Center (Alternative School) receives 6-12th graders students from the entire district for whom normal behavior interventions have not been effective. They are building on the peer mediation program instituted on 2008-2009, expanding staff training in conflict management techniques, expanding curricular infusion and providing staff development programs, and laying the groundwork for parent education. Their work is also in the framework of PBIS.
Chestertown Middle School is providing staff training and conflict resolution curriculum to students in an effort to reduce incidents of bullying, gang behavior and racial/ethnic bias. A DVD of conflict scenarios is being produced and enacted by a student group. Conflict Resolution lessons are being infused school wide. This grant is managed by a retired educator who serves as an outside consultant to the projects in both participating Kent County schools.
Galena Middle School is providing staff training and conflict resolution curriculum to students in an effort to reduce incidents of bullying, gang behavior and racial/ethnic bias. A DVD of conflict scenarios is being produced and enacted by a student group. This grant is managed by a retired educator who serves as an outside consultant to the projects in both participating Kent County schools.
Eastern Middle Schoolis coordinating a program comprised of five components: Peer Mediation, mentoring for boys and girls, PBIS, and Bullying Prevention. In 2009-2010, efforts include launching the mentoring program for girls and targeting bullying behaviors. The other four programs are being supported with on-going training for staff and students,
Northwood High School is strengthening their peer mediation program which was launched in January 2009. The peer mediation training is being conducted in collaboration with a local peer mediation trainer.
Roberto Clemente Middle School is building on the peer mediation program launched in 2008-2009, with the goal of expanding the use of the peer mediation program.
Rocky Hill Middle School is expanding the core of lessons available for use by its Student Leadership Program. This program provides instruction on a variety of conflict-related topics followed by monthly follow-up lessons. In the coming year, six parent workshops are also planned, three in English and three in Spanish. The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) will be supporting the parent classes.
Sligo Middle School is establishing a peer mediation program for the first time.
Kent Island High School continues to expand their peer mediation program first launched in 2007-2008. The focus will be on increasing the use of the program through improved marketing and additional training of new mediators and staff.
Crisfield Academy and High School is expanding use of the peer mediation program started in 2007-2008. Mediator skills are being increased through additional training and involvement in December Peer Helper’s Conference.
Antietam Academy is unifying its approach to handling conflict for its students, staff and parents. Specifically, training is being offered to students and parents through collaboration with The Department of Juvenile Services.
Eastern Elementary School is launching a peer mediation program and a mentoring program, to support its PBIS initiative. The efforts include staff and parent training.
Northern Middle School is developing a multifaceted civil behavior conflict resolution program, Peacing it Together (PIT), in an effort to strengthen and expand existing conflict resolution projects in the school. The PIT program entails peer mediation training (in collaboration with the Washington County Community Mediation Center, Inc.), staff conflict resolution training, and parent and community conflict resolution awareness.