Culture Change in Schools
School has changed dramatically since we were kids. Some changes, such as the infusion of technology into classrooms, have opened new avenues to the adventure of education. Other changes haven’t been so positive, as conflict and violence have become commonplace in schools.
We’re working to change that.
Imagine a school community where students, teachers and administrators talk about problems and work together to find solutions that mend the damage done by conflict and in this way build stronger relationships. The Conflict Center can help to develop just this kind of environment in the schools where we work. Through the use of restorative practices that allow all parties involved in the conflict a chance to have their needs heard and addressed, the community can heal the damage and provide ways for offenders to be reintegrated into the school community.
We create change for the better.
The Conflict Center has 25 years of proven experience developing peaceful cultures within schools, working closely with administrators, teachers and students providing vital social emotional skills. The School Program provides a sound curriculum supported by the active presence of TCC staff members. In the last three years restorative justice principles have been incorporated throughout the program. Schools that have been through the program have seen significant reductions in fights and office referrals and improvements in school climate.
Our School Program consists of a menu of components from which administrators may design a package of services to fit the individual needs of their schools. Each component of the School Program emphasizes communication, respect, shared understanding, the importance of relationships, problem-solving, responsibility for one’s actions and the consequences of those actions, and the creation of an inclusive community.
We are violence prevention in its most essential form: teaching children peacemaking and problem-solving skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.
Many studies have documented the positive impact that social and emotional learning has on students’ ability to learn. But the most powerful recommendations come from teachers and principals who have experienced the transformative power of The Conflict Center’s School Program. Here’s what some of them say:
“I have noticed a 100% transformation of my students over the school year! … The children are kind to each other and they demonstrate peaceful problem-solving skills on a daily basis. They understand The Conflict Center’s vocabulary and use it daily to describe conflict situations and their own feelings.” – Teacher, Place Bridge Academy
“Students are learning social and emotional skills that positively affect their academic success. We are pleased to be working with The Conflict Center to ensure both social and academic success for our students.” – Principal, Manual High School
Components of the School Program include:
Social Emotional Curriculum – The Conflict Center has published curricula for elementary and secondary level programming with step-by-step lessons and alignment with state academic standards.
Staff Training and Coaching –The Conflict Center provides training for school staffs in the use of the curricula and ongoing coaching and modeling for implementation.
Restorative Justice Training – The Conflict Center provides comprehensive training to school personnel on the theory and implementation of restorative principles and practices.
Facilitation of Restorative Justice Circles – We assist schools with hands-on implementation of restorative justice circles.
Anti-Bullying Training – The Conflict Center staff provides basic training in bullying prevention theory and implementation.
Playground Conflict Managers – Conflict Center staff, interns and volunteers train students at the elementary school level to serve as peer mediators, following a well-established 6-step model.
Reading for Peace – Interns and volunteers use children’s literature as a vehicle for teaching, discussing and reinforcing concepts of peacemaking and nonviolence.
Consultation with Administrators on Restorative Discipline Policies – The Conflict Center’s staff is available to work with administrators as they move along the continuum from punitive to restorative disciplinary policies and procedures.
Peace Days – The Conflict Center works with schools to plan and conduct fun and interactive celebrations of peace which include crafts, games, hands-on learning, and opportunities for parent involvement.