JAMS Foundation – ACR Initiative for Students and Youth 2021 Funding

The JAMS Foundation – ACR Initiative announced the 2021 funding cycle. Proposed projects will utilize youth as trainers/implementors learning and promoting conflict resolution skills that focus on creating and enhancing their ability to express their voices in one of the following settings:

  • Foster care
  • Homeless shelters
  • Domestic violence shelters
  • Youth correctional facilities

The project goal is to increase feelings of safety and empowerment in a time of extraordinary uncertainty, particularly for youth living in challenging circumstances.

Click here for Notification of Funding with complete details about the funding focus and the process for submission. All the information necessary to participate are included in the document. All information necessary to participate in the grant process is included in the NOFA. Send questions to jamsacr19@gmail.com. The Project Description is due January 11, 2021.

Online Course: Teaching SEL, Conflict Resolution & Peace Ed Through Technology

Join GPPAC’s Peace Education Working Group and their special guest experts from around the world each week for the first of three, 6-week virtual/on-line course’s for educators in a series.

Apply now. Space is limited to 30! DeadlineSeptember 11th, 2020.

Timeline:

  • Applications Due September 11, 2020
  • Respond to applicants by September 17th, 2020
  • September 18th – Let participants know who was selected and give access to the course
  • Course Begins – Monday, Septembers 21, 2020
  • Course Ends – Sunday, November 8, 2020

Description and Overview:

This 6 -week course is designed to provide education leaders, decision makers and their civil society partners with a brief overview of theories, sample state policies, materials, and methods for teaching the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for quality social emotional learning, conflict resolution and peace education through e-learning and web-based tools. The focus will be on the opportunities and challenges in using technology to teach these skills, theory and practice.  Sample resources will be shared throughout the course.  Topics covered include:

  • Digital Literacy:  Good Practices, Sample Content Standards and Curriculum
  • Cyber-bullying:  Good Practices, Sample Policies and Tools to Prevent and Address
  • On-Line Games and Aps:  Challenges and Opportunities.  Try an On-line Nonviolence Game and Explore Apps for Teaching Knowledge and Skills in the Classroom
  • Participatory Video: From the Classroom to the Community, Civic Engagement through Technology for Positive Change

For an overview of the schedule, guest speakers and facilitators for this course, click here.

Get more information and apply here.

New Peace & Conflict Studies Network Formed in Ohio

The Ohio Peace and Conflict Studies Network is a new networking and website project started with support from the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflicts.

It brings together college and university projects from across the state of Ohio that are promoting peace and constructive approaches to conflict.

Ohio has more than 19 colleges and universities with peace and conflict studies programs, and thanks to GPPAC, in partnership with Wilmington College’s Peace Resource Center, a group was able to develop this Network in Ohio.

The project website has brief profiles of the various partner programs as well as a monthly free webinar series where various partners review and share their work.

Quaker Peacemaking workshop slides and posters

At the recent annual Lake Erie Yearly Meeting of Quakers I (Bill Warters) presented a workshop entitled Doing Justice the Quaker Way: Lessons from Quaker Peacemakers that focused on examples of peacemaking work among Friends. The slides and peacemaker posters presented at the event are available online.

Lessons from Quaker Peacemakers slides (pdf)

Quaker Peacemakers Poster Collection (pdf)

Facilicase to Offer Free Case Management Software to Peer Mediation Programs

In April of 2019, the mediation case management software team at Facilicase announced their plan to offer free accounts to peer mediation programs. Contact info@facilicase.com for more information.

In an effort to support and promote peer mediation, we are now offering FaciliCase to all school (K – 12) based Peer Mediation Programs for free. We are beginning collaborative efforts with Kids Managing Conflict, school programs, and Universities to demostrate the wide scope of impact demonstrated by peer mediation.

Facilicase software logo

13th International CRE Conference set for April 2019

The 13th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education has been scheduled for April 5-6, 2019, to be held at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, USA. The theme is Preparing Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders: Career Paths in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.

The call for proposals has been posted, with the deadline for submissions set for Monday, January 28, 2019.

Get: Call for Proposals (due Jan 28, 2019)

Submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail by close of business Monday, January 28, 2019.   All presenters will be notified as to whether they have been selected no later than February 3.   Late proposals will be reviewed and may be accepted if there is space in the program. Send questions and proposals to Jen Batton, Conference Coordinator at conflicteducationconsultants@gmail.com

Get all the details at https://u.osu.edu/cre2019/

 

New Research Study Explores School Recess Best Practices

An analysis of nearly 500 playgrounds finds that recess can be optimized to build social skills and relationships. As described in this recent Edutopia article,

To help educators understand what works on the playground—and what doesn’t—researchers visited nearly 500 elementary schools spanning 22 urban and metropolitan areas in the U.S. The researchers hoped to develop a tool that looked beyond simple questions of physical activity and playground equipment and toward a broader review of “safety, resources, student engagement, adult engagement, prosocial/antisocial behavior, and student empowerment on the playground.”

The full study, which documents the creation of an observation and assessment tool for the Playworks managed recess approach, can be accessed via BMC Public Health here.

Young Community Mediators training kit

The Young Community Mediators project, based in the U.K., has prepared a training curriculum for working with youth to build their mediation skills. The materials are available for online viewing or download via the Young Community Mediators Classroom Course page.

As explained on the program’s website, the course is designed for those involved in non-profit youth organisations, Vocational Education & Training and Higher Education Institutes and policy makers. It seeks to equip young people with the knowledge & skills to become peer to peer mediators by developing a training course to train young people aged 16-30 in social mediation skills.

Rather than viewing mediation as a means of conflict resolution, the course is designed to build young people’s knowledge and skills so that all young people benefit from the numerous ways it can be employed to further their goals.

The course looks at the importance of developing young people’s innovation and enterprise skills, finding new ways to integrate high quality peer mediation into existing youth services and structures by training young people.

The materials are designed for various uses. The course can be delivered as a complete curriculum or parts of it might be integrated to supplement other courses. All materials are provided as open source and each section of this course of­fers a variety of additional online materials such as case studies and activities about the topic.

As some learners might want to learn the content (or just parts of it) individually, all mod­ules and additional learning resources are pro­vided online.

The target audience can also use the course on their own for professional development. In­formation about how we suggest the materials can be used are provided at the beginning of each tutors work­book for each module.

The course can be used in a classroom envi­ronment as well as a self-contained distance learning course.

Topics Covered:

The syllabus of the Young Community Mediators classroom course is divided into five different modules, each of them focusing on different aspects of entrepreneurship skills:

  • Module 1: Introduction and Welcome
  • Module 2: Understanding Conflict
  • Module 3: Introduction to Peer Mediation, Listening Skills and Negotiation
  • Module 4: Peer Mediation Event
  • Module 5: Teamwork: The Decision- Making Process and Neutrality

http://youngcommunitymediators.how/classroom-course/

Notice of Funding Availability – JAMS/ACR 2018 funding cycle

The Association for Conflict Resolution is pleased to announce the Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA) and request for initial proposal ideas for the 2018 funding cycle of the JAMS Foundation/ACR partnership in supporting Conflict Resolution Education (CRE)for students and youth.  This round includes a focus on working with gang involved youth.

Mission: The population to be served by the funding streams will be (1) youth in preK-12 age range and/or (2) adults working with these youth populations in ways that directly transfer CRE skills for adults to the youth populations through education, training and services.

Funding Contexts: The contexts for projects may be a variety of contexts including community, schools, alternative education (online education, charter schools, after school programs), government (juvenile justice facilities, courts) and NGO settings. While some proposals may be able to secure and guarantee access to or cooperation from traditional K-12 school districts/schools, we are excited by opportunity to support possible funding of CRE work from other contexts. Thus, projects in pre-K-12 schools will beconsidered but emphasis will be on projects outside that context.

To view the complete document click here: JAM_Foundation_ACR_Notice_2018.

For questions, send an email to admin@acrnet.org.

12th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education

Yes, it is happening again! The 12th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education is coming to Cleveland in May of 2018. You can participate by responding by November 10 to the Call for Proposals found here: http://msass.case.edu/cre-2018/

Theme: Bridging the Divide in Polarized Societies

Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA, May 22 – 25, 2018

Call for Proposals and Conference Details Available at:
http://msass.case.edu/cre-2018/

(Deadline Friday, November 10, 2017) 

Hosted by the Mandel School of Applied Social Science, Case Western Reserve University in partnership with John Carroll University, Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College

There will be lots of training and professional development opportunities again this year. For example:

Intensive Full Day Trainings (One and Two Days, 9AM – 5PM each day)

Sample trainings (see the web site for additional trainings and more information):

  • May 22 – 23, Dialogue Across Differences – Facilitator Training for Community Leaders, Essential Partners
  • May 22 – 23, Dialogues on Race: Inside Prison Walls and Outside in Communities, Madeline G. Trichel, Curriculum Coordinator, Horizon Prison Initiative
  • May 23, Conflict Resolution Strategies for Engaging Polarized Communities Productively, Dr. Julie Shedd, George Mason University and D.G. Mawn, National Association for Community Mediation
  • May 23, Building Opportunities through Civil Discourse, National Institute for Civil Discourse
  • And more!  Check the web site in October for details!

CR Education Site Update

This summer (2017)  CREducation has received an update bringing us onto a new platform. After more than 10 years on the prior one, we were due!

World with Mobile devices

We’ve tried to bring over all the good content you’ve come to expect, as well as incrementally adding some new features. One new feature of special interest to teachers is the ability to access our collection of classroom learning activity suggestions that appeared in our popular wall calendars.

We’re also working on an online calendar populated with the birthdays of prominent peacemakers and various county days and UN observances. Some additional data will be added over time.

We’ve also attempted to eliminate the need for the Flash plugin and made the site more mobile device friendly. We hope you like it.

In any case, thanks for your interest in Conflict Resolution in Education!

Regards,

Bill Warters – CREducation Webmaster

 

Notice of Funding Availability – ACR/JAMS 2016 funding cycle supporting CRE

Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA)

Request for Initial Proposal Ideas ACR JAMS Foundation Partnership Regular Year One – 2016

The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is pleased to announce this Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA) and request for initial proposal ideas for the 2016 funding cycle of the ACR/JAMS partnership in supporting Conflict Resolution Education. The mission of the ACR/JAMS partnership is summarized below.

Mission: The population to be served by the funding streams will be (1) youth in preK-12 age range and/or (2) adults working with these youth populations in ways that directly transfer CRE skills for adults to the youth populations. Funding Contexts: The contexts for projects may be a variety of contexts including community, schools, alternative education (online education, charter schools, after school programs), government (juvenile justice facilities, courts) and NGO settings. While some proposals may be able to secure and guarantee access to or cooperation from traditional K-12 school districts/schools, we are excited by opportunity to support possible funding of CRE work from other contexts. Thus, projects in pre-K-12 schools will be considered but emphasis will be on projects outside that context.

The NOFA Area: The funding focus for the 2016 funding cycle intends to support projects that advance the development, implementation, and /or assessment of conflict resolution education serving youth living in or attending school in structurally disadvantaged neighborhoods or communities.
For purposes of this NOFA structurally disadvantaged neighborhoods or communities may include social environments lacking in two or more of the following:
• Access to sustained and sustaining employment,
• Affordable, adequate, stable and safe housing,
• Adequate healthcare
• Access to affordable and nutritious food,
• Access to affordable digital communication
• Affordable and efficient transportation
• Collective efficacy or ability to exert deliberative power in municipal decision-making. [1]

Conditions of structural disadvantage may correlate with policies and practices that lead to conflict around race, religion gender, sexual orientation, financial means, and immigration status.

Proposals may address the needs for culturally competent conflict resolution educational (CRE) programming in and for communities experiencing divergent outcomes in school discipline, disproportionate referrals to the juvenile/criminal justice systems, and heightened barriers to re-entry from those systems to schools and community. For example, projects could:

serve youth affected by:
· Disparate impact from policing and school disciplinary practices in structurally disadvantaged communities
· Unjust aggression based on race, religion, culture, or LGBTQ, immigration status, or economic status
· Cultural conflict or isolation,
through programs teaching and using conflict resolutions processes incorporating
· Restorative practices or
· Community dialogue,
in order to
· Increase awareness and empathy
· Acknowledge and honor identity
· Reconcile, restore and strengthen relationships
· Fulfill individual and institutional capacity to contribute to the learning community.

Preference will be given to programs that exhibit the ability to be scalable or replicable on a national level.

Funding Parameters and Criteria for the 2016 Funding Cycle

· The JAMS Foundation estimates awarding up to $100,000 in new awards for the 2016 funding cycle based on ACR review and recommendations. ACR will also monitor grant progress post-award.
· Requests for funding can range from $15,000 to $50,000 per year of funding. In special circumstances projects requesting more than $50,000 per year may be considered. We are looking to recommend a small number of high quality projects with proven impact and the potential of regional and national impact upon completion.
· The proposed projects can be one or two year projects, but decisions on funding for a second year will be contingent on evidence of benchmark accomplishments at the end of the first year of funding.
· Preference for funding is given for Development and Innovation projects – bringing exciting new ideas to fruition. A secondary emphasis is on Expansion grants that enable an already developed pilot project to be taken to national rollout.
· Eligible organizations include nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations, educational institutions, and public agencies.

RFP Project Process

· Interested organizations or individuals are required to submit a 1-2 page Initial Project Idea description (using the guidelines on the following page) to ACR no later than midnight (EST) Monday, March 28th to admin@acrnet.org.
· The ACR Grant review committee will notify applicants if they have been selected to develop a full proposal for submission and review by Friday, April 29th.
· Full proposals (with a required application protocol provided upon notification) will be due to the ACR Grant review committee by Thursday, June 30th.
· Funding decisions are anticipated at the August 2016 JAMS Foundation Board meeting.
· It is anticipated that notifications of the final decision will be made in late August – early September and made public at ACR’s Annual Conference, September 28 – October 1 in Baltimore, MD.

Please address questions about grant program to the Co-Chairs of the JAMS/ACR Grant Steering Committee, Bryan Hanson at bryanhanson@creighton.edu or Dr. Phyllis Hildreth at pdhildreth@lipscomb.edu.

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Initial Proposal Ideas Description
Please submit an initial proposal idea description as a .pdf document of no more than 2 pages (single spaced, 12-point font, 1 inch margins). Please include the following information in your description. Please note, incomplete submissions and those which do not adhere to the specifications will not be considered.
Applicant Information:
1. Organization Name/Address
2. Organizational Contact Person (and necessary contact information)
3. Organizational Type (educational institution, LEA, HEI, NGO, etc.)
4. Organization’s Previous Experience in Serving Special Needs Populations (only 1-2 paragraph)
5. Organization’s Previous Work in Conflict Resolution Education (only 1-2 paragraphs)

Project Description:
In your 1-2 page description of the project please discuss the following:
1. Describe the population to be served and your organization’s access to that population
2. Describe the nature of the proposed project and the need for this project (what are the important benefits to be obtained if the project is funded)
3. Describe the uniqueness of this project – to what extent is this groundbreaking or innovative work
4. Describe your organization’s expertise and qualifications to do this work
5. Discuss the key personnel in the project and their qualifications for involvement
6. Indicate the general amount of funding requested for Year 1 (and for year 2 if relevant) and a general description of what that funding will be used for.
7. Discuss additional sources of funding or in-kind support already obtained for this project or for foundational work in this area.
8. Suggest how you would measure or assess the success or impact of this project if funded.

Please submit an e-copy .pdf document of the Initial Project Ideas Description no later than midnight (EST) Monday, March 28th to admin@acrnet.org

Prior to submission, questions may be addressed to Bryan Hanson at bryanhanson@creighton.edu or 402.280.3365 or Phyllis Hildreth at pdhildreth@lipscomb.edu or 615-966-6680.

JAMS_and_ACR_Grant_NOFA.pdf

Project Prevent Grant Program seeks to address trauma from exposure to pervasive violence

Recently the U.S. Department of Education announced a new grant competition called Project Prevent. Application deadline: June 30, 2014

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
This program provides funding to local educational agencies (LEAs) to increase their capacity both to identify, assess, and serve students exposed to pervasive violence, helping to ensure that affected students are offered mental health services for trauma or anxiety; support conflict resolution programs; and implement other school–based violence prevention strategies in order to reduce the likelihood that these students will later commit violent acts.

TYPES OF PROJECTS
These projects must offer students: (1) access to school-based counseling services, or referrals to community-based counseling services, for assistance in coping with trauma or anxiety; (2) school-based social and emotional supports for students to help address the effects of violence; (3) conflict resolution and other school-based strategies to prevent future violence; and (4) a safer and improved school environment, which may include, among others, activities to decrease the incidence of harassment, bullying, violence, gang involvement, and substance use. Applicants must address all four subparts of this absolute priority.

Project Period: Up to 60 months
Estimated Available Funds: $9,750,000
Estimated Range of Awards: $250,000 to $1,000,000
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $487,500 (for each year of funding requested)
Estimated Number of Awards: 20

Details available at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/projectprevent/index.html

CR and Peacemaking in Higher Education Symposium – Philadelphia area

If you are interested in integrating peacemaking and conflict resolution content into your higher education offerings AND you happen to live within driving distance of Philadelphia, then you are going to want to check out this Conflict Resolution Day event hosted by the Association for Conflict Resolution Great Philadelphia Chapter. The event provides a networking opportunity and a chance to hear the latest news from keynote presenter David Smith, editor of Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource. The event will be held October 17 from 1:30-3:30 at Chestnut Hill College. See the attached flyer (click on image) for details and additional contact information.