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Wed, Mar 24, 2010

Davis Projects for Peace

While it is probably too late to get a proposal together for this year (the deadline is March 31, 2010), I was really impressed with the student-initiated peace and service projects that have been supported by the Davis Projects for Peace initiative over the last three years. Students at more than 90 campuses are encouraged to develop a summer peacework project that can receive $10,000 in support funds. Take a look at the view books to see some of the exciting results.

Here’s a brief description of the initiative:
“In its fourth year, Davis Projects for Peace, is an invitation to undergraduates at the American colleges and universities in the Davis United World College Scholars Program to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer of 2010. The projects judged to be the most promising and do-able will be funded at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today’s motivated youth to create and tryout their own ideas for building peace.”



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2010 03 24 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Mon, Mar 22, 2010

Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education podcast episode logo The higher education institutional partners working with the CRETE (Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education) project met March 4-5, 2010 at St. Edwards University in Austin. As many of you know, I’m the webmaster for the project (see for more information). I took the opportunity to interview some of the participants and put together a podcast episode that provides a window into some of the many ways that the CRETE program is being implemented.

You can listen to the Conflict Learning Audio podcast episode online here, or by subscribing or searching via iTunes. If you are in iTunes, search for x93Conflict Learning Audiox94 and look in the podcasts section to find this episode and more.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2010 03 22 | Filed under Podcast  

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Conflict Transformation - A Standards-Based Conflict Resolution Unit for Middle School Students

Conflict Transformation is a twelve-unit, thirty-six-hour course designed by Julie Morton and the Conflict Information Consortium at the University of Colorado to teach middle school students basic conflict transformation skills for personal, community, national, and international situations. The short stories, current events, class discussions, guided reading activities, and guided writing assignments make this course appropriate both for social studies and language arts classes. All of the stories and articles used in the course are available online, with the bulk of them coming from the Beyond Intractability project.

The basic structure of the course is explained in the overview: “Each lesson begins with an inductive beginning, intended to engage students in inquiry as active learners. The second part of each lesson involves two aspects: students will gain information about the theme of the lesson, and students will apply their knowledge in a structured and scaffolded activity. In this way students can practice their new knowledge immediately and clarify anything that is confusing for them. At the end of each unit, students will be asked to employ these new skills or ideas independently in a small simulation, discussion, negotiation, or writing piece.”


The course is structured as follows:
Unit 1: What is conflict?
Unit 2: Are conflicts harmful or helpful?
Unit 3: How does power affect conflict?
Unit 4: What is the nature of violence?
Unit 5: How do values shape conflicts?
Unit 6: How do conflicts escalate?
Unit 7: How do respect and humiliation shape conflict?
Unit 8: What is effective communication?
Unit 9: What is framing?
Unit 10: What is cooperative negotiation?
Unit 11: What is reconciliation?
Unit 12: How do we take action?


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2010 03 22 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Mon, Mar 15, 2010

Updated Learning Module on Positions and Interests from UNC

Back in 2005 I blogged about a learning module on distinguishing positions and interests produced by John Stephens at the UNC School of Government. Recently John was able to produce a new and improved version of the module entitled Better Negotiation and Problem Solving: Understanding Positions and Interests. The module, built on the Adobe Breeze platform, is directed toward people working in local government positions. It is designed to take about 20-30 minutes to complete and includes a number of short activities to help anchor the learning. A nice upgrade…



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2010 03 15 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Sat, Mar 13, 2010

Conflict Management and Active Listening - iStudy Modules from Penn State

Looks like I’m falling behind in my blogging. I probably need to work on my time management skills, something that the iStudy Modules from Penn State might help me with. The Teaching and Learning with Technology group at Penn State have built up a collection of learning modules entitled iStudy for Success! designed to support first-year students. The materials can be imported into the Penn State ANGEL course management system as part of regular courses, or reviewed outside of it without benefit of some of the activities that require a student login.


All of the module content is shared freely, including those that seem most relevant for our readers (see Life Skills section), namely:

Active Listening
Conflict Management
Cooperative Learning


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2010 03 13 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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