Intercultural Education as a Method of Early Conflict Prevention in Multicultural Societies

The integrated course “Culture of Neighbourhood” is a joint initiative of several non-governmental organizations and educational institutions supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Crimea, and consists of several elements including conflict resolution skills, peer mediation, etc. The main purpose of the course is educating children for effective intercultural communication in a poly-ethnic environment. The presenter will provide an overview of the course, difficulties faced, and the work on teacher training, restructuring curricula, etc.

Leader: Margarita Aradzhyoni PhD (History), Head of Ethno-Confessional Research Department of the Crimean Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of National Academy of Science of Ukraine

The Role of NGOs in Education Reform: Effective Conflict Prevention and Tolerance Building (Ukraine)

The last decade has seen a rise in cases of intolerance, xenophobia and religious intolerance in the Ukraine. Although legislation related to minority rights and to school education meet democratic standards, work still needs to be done. Strategies contributing to peace, mutual understanding, and the development of a democratic foundation will be discussed through education of mutual cultural understanding and tolerance for representatives of different ethnic (linguistic, religious, cultural) groups.

Leader: Oleg Smirnov, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Inter-Language Communication and Journalism, Tavrida National University

Thailand: Successful Strategies for Policy Creation & Implementation of CRE in Schools

In many developing countries such as Thailand, there is concern about bullying and violence in secondary schools and since the Ministry of Education has announced the order to prevent teachers from using physical means to punish students, many teachers don’t know how to manage the student behavior. This workshop will address the Ministry of Education’s efforts to develop a national policy to build the culture of peace in schools at the national level and explore positive ways to involve student participation in solving conflict and violence. Presented by Vanchai Vatanasapt, Director, Office of Peace and Governance, King Prajadhipok’s Institute, The Office of Peace and Governance.

CRE/PE Research Project

A session for team members working on an international research collaboration exploring the state of Conflict Resolution Education and Peace Education around the world.

Lessons for Helping Students Develop Emotional Awareness to Support CRE

Richard Bodine and Donna Crawford defined six foundation abilities students need in order to participate in healthy conflict resolution, including orientation, perception, emotion, communication, creative thinking, and critical thinking. In this workshop, participants will learn multiple, developmentally appropriate, lowcost activities that can be used in classroom or counseling settings to develop emotion foundation abilities, in students grades K-8. Adaptations that would suit students with cognitive, behavioral and emotional challenges will be shared.

Virginia Tech Shooting: Lessons for Dismantling Norms About Violence

On April 17, 2007, the Virginia Tech shooting in the U.S. drew immense attention to Seung-Hui Cho as an “atypical” or even an “extraordinary” violent perpetrator. This presentation offers a preliminary inquiry into pedagogical actions for addressing the intersections among gender, race, ethnicity, social class, mental illness, and violence. The limitations of the thinking that pervaded the recent public discourse on the Virginia Tech Shooting will be revealed and a responsive pedagogical action proposed.

Effective Methods of CRE in Armenia’s Schools

For 6 years, Women for Development has been implementing the PE and CRE in Armenia project during which PE centers were established in 10 schools. Teachers and school children received special training and conducted peer-to-peer education for approximately 590 pupils from 29 classes in 10 schools. After the peer-to-peer education, the evaluation showed the effectiveness of using this process to teach CR skills.

Working with Angry and Disruptive Youth in the Classroom

This workshop will provide insights into youth anger and strategies to positively address these challenges in the classroom. Participants will understand the reasons behind escalating behavior and will practice how to respond effectively to strong willed and/or out-of-control youth. Participants will learn strategies to deescalate emotions, maintain dignity and respect, and help the student focus on learning. Note: The six workshop handouts are packaged as a single .zip file.

Values Education, Quality Teaching and Safe Schools (Australia)

Values-based education has received national attention in Australia over recent years as a means to address cultural identity, citizenship and environmental sustainability. Increasingly schools are being asked to articulate their values and translate these into practice. Values-based education for many schools is central to achieving quality learning and teaching outcomes. This interactive presentation will introduce some of the themes and research associated with current thinking in values education

Ohio’s Truancy Prevention Through Mediation Program

This workshop will provide an understanding of the structure, philosophy, and value of early intervention truancy mediation as it is practiced in Ohio. The role of the schools, juvenile court, social service agencies, charities, and other entities will be discussed along with information on how to start a program in a community, potential funding sources, the role and training of the mediators, and other relevant material.

The Imam and the Pastor

In this workshop, the Imam and the Pastor’s Kaduna Peace and Acceptance Module, increasing the level of trust and acceptance between Muslims and Christians in Kaduna State, Nigeria will be shared along with the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understandings COEXIST curriculum for H.S. students designed to help youth resolve conflicts due to misunderstandings about diverse beliefs and cultural assumptions. The work of religious peacemakers and the experiences of the Imam and the Pastor will be shared as well as ways that COEXIST helps youth gain needed skills to prevent and resolve conflicts that arise due to misunderstandings about diverse beliefs and cultural assumptions.

Cyberbullying & Relational Aggression: Who is it & What Can be Done?

Research shows that indirect aggressive acts such as cyberbullying and relational aggression are difficult for adults to detect and often harder to prove in a school setting. This workshop is designed to help school personnel understand the dynamics underlying indirect aggression, detect indirect aggression, discover who is doing it, and ways they can intervene and prevent this covert form of bullying. Results from a study examining the relationship between media and relational aggression and ways to infuse the information into the new anti-bullying legislation in Ohio will be shared. A comprehensive program being used in two Northeast, Ohio schools for teachers, families, and students will also be shared.

Gender Based Violence: Challenging Norms, Building Capacities, Promising Practices, Creating Peace

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, intimate partner and sexual violence costs exceed $8.3 billion dollars annually. This workshop is designed to provide a new context for prevention of intimate partner, domestic and sexual violence. Participants will build their capacity to engage in social change work! Learn current promising and best practices for intimate partner and sexual violence prevention.