CRE Resource Creation and Discovery via

The Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education (CRETE) project, funded in part by JAMS and the Department of Education (FIPSE), has been the catalyst for the creation of a dynamic set of learning materials now available at no cost online. Session participants learn more about this growing collection of learning modules, videos, training guides, slide shows, CRE skill portfolios and more, and are introduced to free tools that they can use to create their own content. The focus will be on enhancing the community-building potential inherent in Open Educational Resources (OERs) about Conflict and Conflict Resolution. Participants will learn about ways that they can become part of a larger movement by sharing the content they create and by connecting across boundaries that in the past have limited CR Education’s growth.

Conflict Resolution & Peace Education: Proven Impacts

The presentation defines Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) and discusses the relationship and benefits between CRE and Peace Education. The presentation slides also provide access to a list of general review articles of the topic.

Restorative Justice

This presentation describes Restorative Justice (RJ) theory in schools, including RJ practices and values. The presentation also sets forth a shared vision of the topic and uses case studies to provide suggestions on how to utilize Restorative Justice techniques.

Words Work

Words Work is a curriculum of ten 45-minute lessons related to listening, problem-solving, intercultural communication, and much more. The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution worked with two curriculum partners, CRU Institute and AFSC’s HIP program, through the funding support of the JAMS Foundation to develop this curriculum.


Words Work is a simple, practical, and user-friendly supplement to after school programs serving middle-school-aged children. The Words Work curriculum teaches kids to use communication skills to prevent and manage conflict.

Words Work is a turn-key curriculum educators and advocates can use to build leadership, relationship, and communication skills. With these skills, youth will become comfortable with recognizing and effectively resolving conflict in the situations they face at school, at home, and in the community.

The Words Work curriculum is geared toward youth in grades six to eight. Through ten 45-minute sessions, educators will guide youth through interactive lessons that focus on relationships, problem-solving, communication, and leadership skill-building. Two leading conflict resolution education organizations, the Conflict Resolution Unlimited Institute and the Middle Atlantic Region of American Friends Service — Help Increase the Peace Program, provided the lessons that are the foundation of the curriculum.

Through funding by the JAMS Foundation, the curriculum is available free of charge.

Please Note: The link below will lead you to the ABA’s site, where you can add this to your cart, then create an account, then check out. This will place a copy in the “Downloads” folder of your account–then you download the large (12Mb!) pdf:

The manual includes the facilitators’ guidebook, all the exercises and worksheets, a certificate template, and a helpful set of short “teaching notes” to help trainers recall the main points of each lesson. Please know that we ask you to register so we can track how many visitors download the curriculum, and we may follow up with an email survey to find out your experiences with it.

Conflict Transformation Education for At-Risk Youth: Connecting With Kids

Teaching conflict skills to adolescents can be challenging enough without adding the difficulties facing at-risk youth. Through grant funding and community collaboration, the UND Conflict Resolution Center developed a training protocol, training sessions and materials to teach conflict management skills, healthy decision making and non-violent choices to the at-risk youth population. The speakers will share their insights for what makes the program successful, what the kids say about their experience and what challenges exist.

Columbine Facilitation: Lessons Learned

This presentation reviews the importance and the purpose of facilitation along with the lessons learned following the Columbine High School shootings. It also includes an in depth look at the benefits and the administration process of facilitation.

Reforming Special Education

This presentation illustrates the topic of reforming special education and fostering collaborative problem solving skills in complex D. C. school settings. Included are conflict resolution case studies and an example of an integrated curriculum for special educators.

Peer Mediation Creating Life Long Conflict Practitioners

This presentation by Mary Alice Smallbone and J. Frank Rizzo reviewed the creation of Life long Conflict Practitioners and how Peer Mediation can help. The presentation describes how to implement an effective peer mediation program and depicts a sample program, “Amigos in Mediation” (AIM) Peer Mediation Program.

International and National Conflict Resolution Education (CRE)

A presentation reviewing national and international conflict resolution education policy and program development trends, presented as part of the mini-plenary session entitled “A World View of Conflict Resolution Education/Peace Education.”

Cool School – FMCS Youth Initiative Interactive Game

Slides used by F.J. Lennon and Melanie Killen as part of their presentation at the sponsored webinar entitled “Conflict Resolution Educational Gaming: Behind the Scenes with Cool School & Harmony Island.” Cool School, the interactive conflict resolution educational game for grades K-3, was developed with support from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).

Harmony Island – Multimedia Enhanced CR Curriculum

Slides used by Richard Goldsworthy as part of his presentation at the sponsored webinar entitled “Conflict Resolution Educational Gaming: Behind the Scenes with Cool School & Harmony Island”. He presents the some of the story behind the multimedia conflict resolution game Harmony Island developed with support from an NIH grant.

CRETE Web Resources

Bill Warters’ portion of a panel presentation entitled “No Teacher Left Behind: Reaching Out with Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education.” As the program description indicated, “A critical support for CRETE is the web site The web designer and master will introduce the site and discuss how it helps us reach out with CRE to all teachers and educators around the globe.”

CRE and CRETE Project History

Slides from Jennifer Batton’s portion of the panel presentation entitled “No Teacher Left Behind: Reaching Out with Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education” which was designed to introduce participants to the Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education (CRETE) project, a national collaborative (funded by the JAMS Foundation and U.S. Department of Education) to build conflict resolution education knowledge in pre-service and in-service teachers.