“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
– Benjamin Franklin
It takes a commitment by a school community to develop a sustainable, non-violent school environment. Our professional development workshops and trainings are led for teachers, by teachers. Seasoned educators from our Peaceful Schools NC community provide practical skills grounded in many years of experience.
We offer a variety of professional development opportunities that provide skills and knowledge for creating a school that successfully addresses school climate, proactive approaches to discipline, and strategies for conflict resolution. These workshops provide an introduction to what school communities must next generate themselves if they are to truly sustain a safe and caring school environment. Our instructors are experienced classroom teachers, professors and psychoanalysts who understand the reasoning behind human behavior and how it can be changed.
By design, our work with schools is focused upon meeting their specific needs related to school climate.
Here are some sample professional development opportunities we have developed over the years.
Skillful discipline strategies build relationships with children rather than distancing them from adults. When we provide logical consequences that hold children accountable for their actions, we help them reflect on their actions, consider alternative behaviors and make restitution to those they have injured. This helps them become responsible and caring adults.
In this workshop, you will develop the skills to:
- Create a context for discipline in your home or classroom.
- Explore what research says about effective discipline.
- Explore our internal models of authority.
- Distinguish logical consequences from punishment.
- Examine effective logical consequences.
- Identify your own “hot buttons” and navigate them.
- Make the best use of family or class meetings.
- Create family or classroom contracts.
Now, more than ever before, it is important for children to learn skills in non-violent conflict resolution. In our rapidly changing world, students must know how to interact closely with people of different backgrounds and values.
Whether you plan to teach a Conflict Resolution class, or simply want to expand your toolbox for responding to conflict in your classroom or community, this workshop will give you practical skills and activities to support non-violent alternatives to conflict resolution.
Both you and your students will be prepared to help build a community in which all members face conflict non-violently whenever it arises.
In this workshop, you will learn tools to help your students:
- Build trust within a group by using practical activities that support conflict resolution.
- Break down the practice of conflict resolution into specific skills.
- Name choices and behaviors that escalate or de-escalate a conflict.
- Identify types of conflict as well as roles played in a conflict.
- Provide an historical context for peacemakers who have gone before us.
- Share what they’ve learned by giving back to the community, empowering them to be the experts at their school.
You will take home games, activities, ideas and resources to create an environment for the successful practice of conflict resolution.
In this class, you will learn to use the Forum Theater technique to involve students in skits, movement, and drama and work through some of life’s toughest moments.
In this facilitator’s training, you will develop skills to:
- Create a safe “container” within the group so that all students can share their ideas openly and authentically.
- Facilitate creating skits based on real-life experiences and enable students to step into the skit and practice strategies for solving conflict.
- Use an Image Theater technique to communicate an idea through a static sculpture, rather than verbal communication.
- Break a single conflict into various “slices” of experience. This will include the voices and emotions we respond to in a conflict and how they influence us?