Sketch Video on Power Issues

An animated video created for the Conflict Center in Denver to support their Emotional Intelligence Training for Teenagers. This one is about Power and is one of a planned series of thirteen.

Learn History Through Problem-Solving

The video shows students and teachers using “Conflict Resolution and U.S. History, ” an engaging way to learn history. Developed with the help of 30 prominent historians and more than 250 teachers nationwide, the teacher materials include 20 conflicts in American history from the Colonial Period through the Twentieth Century. Each case study has extensive historical background, short biographies of key historical figures, an examination of the issues and multiple perspective and an analysis of the consequences. An accompanying CD includes thousands of primary source documents, maps, images, and classroom handouts. To learn more about the curriculum and to view a free sample lesson, visit

What Play Can Teach Us – Jill Vialet on on the philosophy behind Playworks

Jill Vialet believes that playing is essential to human development, and addresses significant education reform issues by encouraging greater creativity and problem-solving skills. This approach, she says, creates learning environments where kids feel safer, more engaged and more connected. Jill launched Playworks in 1996 in Berkeley, California. In 2012, Playworks will be bringing play and physical activities and conflict resolution skills training to 350 low-income, urban elementary schools in 23 cities.

Workable Peace Teacher Guide Video

An overview of the Workable Peace Curriculum in action. Workable Peace integrates the study of intergroup conflict and the development of crucial civic and social skills into social studies and humanities classes. A decade in development and classroom testing, Workable Peace was developed by the Consensus Building Institute (CBI) and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. The Workable Peace Curriculum Units consist of a series of seven curriculum guides for secondary schools and youth programs. Each Curriculum Unit reflects core concepts and content in State and National curriculum standards. They have been been successfully used by middle and high schools across the United States and internationally, as well as by post-secondary institutions ranging from community colleges to the graduate level.

Outside the Box/Inside the Ring: CR Curriculum for Middle School

Outside the Box/Inside the Ring is a free 10-lesson curriculum initially targeted at the middle-school level. It was co-created by Joshua Gordon and Joseph Morrissey and Part of the Solution ADR Services in 2004-2005. The curriculum is designed to be activity driven (as opposed to lectures) and is available for download as a series of pdf files. Non-profits and educators are provided the material for non-commercial, educational use.

Some example lessons include:
Fair Factor: Do you have conflict resolution skills?
What’s up? An introduction to conflict.
Do you speak conflict? Building a common language and sharing experiences.
Dudes, whose shoes? Empathy and Outside the Box thinking.
Say what? How to communicate around conflict.
How can you win when I win?

This Youtube video has been prepared to introduce the curriculum by showing clips of participants in the pilot for the program.

News Story about Cool School video game

News Coverage about Cool School game – Human development scientists (Melanie Killen, University of Maryland) and computer game developers (FJ Lennon and others), with funding from the FMCS, designed a video game that teaches kids how to resolve conflicts peacefully amongst themselves. Inanimate objects, such as pencils and erasers, come to life to lead players through a series of common scenarios in which arguments are about to occur. The player is prompted for the non-violent solution and is rewarded for choosing correctly. (You can download the game here.)

On-the-Spot Mediation: how to use your skills in everyday life

This is a film by young people from Leap Confronting Conflict’s PeerLink project – – a network for young people involved in peer mediation and conflict resolution. The newscast-style report describes when it’s safe for young people to use their existing peer mediation skills in everyday life. A related handout with key ideas from the film is available here.