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Sat, Aug 29, 2009

Training Materials for PROS - Peaceful Resolutions for Oklahoma Students

The Law-Related Education Division of the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Early Settlement Programs administered by the Supreme Court of Oklahoma have teamed up to promote a statewide peer mediation program for Oklahoma Schools. The project is called PROS - Peaceful Resolutions for Oklahoma Students. 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. In addition to hosting trainings, the freely provided training manuals include a version for staff and a separate manual for Elementary students and one 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.

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

Elementary Trainer Manual

Elementary Student Edition

Middle/High School Trainer Manual

Middle/High Student Edition



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 08 29 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Mon, Aug 17, 2009

The ART of Building Facilitation Capacities: A Training Manual

Readers will probably appreciate this nicely illustrated guide to being an effective facilitator. Written by Lydia Braakman & Karen Edwards, it was developed to support community based natural resource management but the skills are applicable across many areas. I’m particularly fond of the idea of “The Groan Zone” as a process groups go through when trying to make collaborative decisions, and this guide has a nice section to help explain the concept (see Participatory decision-making (part 3)) .
The guide, entitled The ART of Building Facilitation Capacities: A Training Manual is available as a series of pdf files, rather than as one full download.



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 08 17 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Trainers Conflict Resolution Bookshelf

Note: Each issue of our Conflict Management in Higher Education Report includes some reviews of books and resources. See our table of contents to past resource reviews for quick access.

On this page we provide somewhat random selection of books on topics we think might interest trainers working in our field.


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Mon, Aug 10, 2009

Beyond Intractability Project now offering powerpoint summaries of key concepts

The information-rich Beyond Intractability website is now featuring online flash and downloadable powerpoint slide shows briefly summarizing core conflict topics from their knowledge base of topical essays. In addition to being a good way to get up to speed on an idea, these might be of real interest to faculty teaching conflict-related courses. Imagine, for instance, asking different students in your class to pick a topic from the list of ones offering slides, research the topic in more depth using the provided essay and related links at the site, and then give a class presentation summarizing the ideas. Everyone could learn something along the way.

The quickest way to locate the knowledge base topics with slide summaries is to use the search box at the top of the site and search for “powerpoint”. I found 37 in my recent search.
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Some of the summaries are quite short, but most are illustrated with relevant photos and they provide a good jumping off point for discussion and critique or refinement of the ideas presented based on related content you might be covering in other ways. It is great to see this kind of content sharing.

essay with powerpoint summary link highlighted


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 08 10 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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