Additional Research on Positive Impacts of SEL For K-8 Students

This research report includes detailed information and results about a large scale study and findings from three scientific reviews involving 324, 303 children on the positive impacts of SEL for K-8 students . The report presents an overview of the 3 reviews that include: a). Interventions for the General Student Body, b). Interventions for Students with Early-Identified Problems, and c). an After-School Review: Programming for Students When the School Day Ends. The report delineates the six major findings of the study and depicts charts, tables and graphs listing the outcomes of the study. You can read about and/or download the pdf document here:

New Research Report on Benefits of SEL Programs

Readers may be interested in this brief that shares the latest research on the effects of Social and Emotional Learning SEL program benefits for students. The brief includes strategies for implementing SEL. The report provides information on the positive effects of SEL programming, for example, that SEL reduces problem behaviors associated with learning that may help precipitate low test scores. Also provided in the paper is an explanation about an evidence-based program called S.A.F.E. (Sequenced, Active, Focus, Explicitly). There is a Logic Model within the brief that depicts how evidence-based SEL programs work to produce greater student success in school and life. The brief can be viewed at:

Opportunity to Help Develop New Program Degrees

I read about the great opportunity to assist in the creation of a “How to” manual on key topics in the development or expansion process for degree or certificate programs in Conflict, Peace or Justice Studies. The manual is a work in progress and is currently being shared electronically as a series of pdf downloads in this section of the website:

The piece is a working document and we are looking for contributions of Chapters for the manual. If you have direct experience in in topics such as: Credit vs. Non-credit courses, Strategies For Faculty Development, Career Options for Students, Developing a Traditional Academic Program- or any one of the topics listed in the article, please see the contributors guide (chapter outlines and descriptions) for additional information on how to contribute a Chapter at:

Youth & Conflict – A Toolkit For Intervention

This informative manual is a document created to bring value to discussions and decisions about development and conflict. It is part of a series that explores how development assistance can address key risk factors associated with conflict and conflict resolution. The objective of the document is to inform about how to integrate best practices in conflict management and mitigation into more traditional development sectors such as agriculture, economic growth, democracy, education and health. This document is helpful because it depicts monitoring and evaluation tools that have been developed specifically for gauging the effectiveness of programs that incorporate both youth and conflict.

PeaceKidz Manual

I just reviewed the information in the PeaceKidz Project Manual. The Manual is a compiled work of five groups of Conflict Management students at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. The manual is meant to help teachers start their own adventure of learning, educating and inspiring the young people in their classrooms to make informed choices about Conflict Resolution in their lives.

When utilizing the manual the “PeaceKidz Gang” encourages teachers to be self-directed in their learning about the program before they use it. It is important for teachers to make their own decisions about goals and effort of how to build the features of the Project into their curriculum to successfully evaluate progress made after using it. The program is also designed to be Constructivist in nature – teachers are encouraged to listen to the kids, build on everyday experiences in the framework of the lessons and be ready to change and learn new things while delivering the lesson plans.

Words Work – Conflict Resolution curriculum for middle-school youth now available

The American Bar Association’s Section on Dispute Resolution teamed up with some experienced conflict resolution educators (Nancy Kaplan from CRU and Kathryn Liss from HIPP) to produce a new conflict resolution skills curriculum. And thanks to funding from the JAMS foundation, the materials are available at no cost. You can preview it online here – Words Work preview.

The Words Work curriculum is geared toward youth in grades six to eight. Through ten 45-minute sessions, educators guide youth through interactive lessons that focus on relationships, problem-solving, communication, and leadership skill-building. The package includes a facilitators manual and a set of supplemental worksheets. Note that, due to the extensive use of colorful graphics, the pdf files are rather large downloads.

cover videos reveal the challenges facing NQTs (Newly Qualified Teachers), the U.K-based education support website has a number of videos that follow two brand new teachers as they work their way through their first year of instruction at inner-city schools in London. A good resource for talking with pre-service teachers about issues they may face, and perhaps a motivator to encourage students to take CRETE workshop training seriously as part of their preparation for teaching service.

The first video in the series, entitled Early Days, introduces us to the teachers and their backgrounds, and explores issues like preparing the classroom and dealing with pre-term nerves.

Of particular relevance for CRETE folks is the second video on Managing Behavior that explores some of the real difficulties these two NQTs (Newly Qualified Teachers) are having as they start to work with their classes.

Next in the series is Settling In wherein the new teachers do some assessment regarding how they are doing at the mid-term break. They worry about the stress and it’s impacts.

We stay with the same teachers (Tara and Rosie) for another episode entitled Work/Life Balance where we learn more about the ups and downs of their experience.

Safe Schools Ambassadors Help Keep the Peace on Campus

Edutopia has a nice overview of a program focused on reducing bullying and violence on school campuses. The program, known as Safe School Ambassadors, enlists students, who after training, work more or less anonymously to discourage bad behavior among their peers. You can read more about it here. A video from the Today Show features one Florida school’s implementation of the program.

Share Your CR Day Experiences and Suggestions!

A great way to share your experiences about CR Day this year and make suggestions for CR Day 2010 is to blog! This short (less than 5 minute) video at: explains the process of becoming a blogger for the CRETE Project.

By blogging you can share new ideas, valuable information, trade short takes about what works and ultimately enhance the CR Day experience with a Global audience.

While you are blogging, be sure to check out prior posts for up-to-date-information on many interesting topics! Happy Blogging!

Max van der Stoel award 2009 goes to GPPAC organisation!

Dear colleagues,

I’m glad to share with you this delightful event. Our Integration and Development Center for Information and Research (IDC) in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine has been awarded the Max van der Stoel Award for 2009.
In 2001, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands established an award honouring the former OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Mr. Max van der Stoel. The prize is awarded to a person or institution in recognition of extraordinary and outstanding achievements aimed at improving the position of national minorities in the OSCE area. The ceremony will take place on 14th of October 2009 in the Hague.

County-wide Peer Mediation Training funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

As a result of funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Community Action Partnership of Riverside County’s Dispute Resolution Center has been able to affect more than 30 schools in Riverside County (California – Palm Springs area) by making peer mediation training available. A story with details about the initiative appears in The Desert Sun. Dana Crawford-Lofton is program manager of the Dispute Resolution Center. E-mail her at

CRE Connection Full-Size Calendar for Teachers Available!

The full-size calendar is presented to you by the Conflict Resolution for Teacher Education (CRETE) Connection Project and the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Education Section. The calendar can be hung by a teacher’s desk and is designed for teachers interested in promoting conflict resolution in their schools. The content provides “short takes” on different CRE tools each month along with Special Days related to conflict resolution or peacemaking, CRE catalog resources, online links to the CRE website and other great collections of classroom activities and professional development tools.

Conveniently, the calendar skips the summer months and ends with the month of September to welcome folks back to the school year. The calendar is also available for online viewing at:
It can be downloaded (large file size warning!) via the “More” menu found in the upper left of the document viewer.

PROS – Peaceful Resolutions for Oklahoma Students Training Materials

I have come across a great teaching tool from a state-wide peer mediation project that provides training manuals. The project is called [url=]PROS – Peaceful Resolutions for Oklahoma Students[/url]. The project is being administered collaboratively by the The Law-Related Education Division of the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Early Settlement Programs administered by the Supreme Court of Oklahoma, Administrative Office of the Courts. The goal of the project is to train school representatives, including students, from around Oklahoma to develop a peer mediation program in the school they represent. The training manuals may also be utilized to provide training to staff. In addition to the staff manuals, included is a separate manual for Elementary students and a manual for Middle/High School students. The information provided is both instructional and informational and includes a vocabulary review, activities, games, work sheets, scripts for role plays and discussion and observer forms. Also included in the manual are mediation forms to help guide students on how to develop a peer mediation program.

The links to the pdf versions of the manuals are listed below:

[url=]Elementary Manual[/url]

[url=]Elementary Student Edition[/url]

[url=]Middle/High School Manual[/url]

[url=]Middle/High Student Edition[/url]