NEW BRUNSWICK — Conflict resolution, peer mediation and character education programs in New Jersey schools attract increased attention every day amid growing concerns about violence. Committed to the promotion of violence prevention, the New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF) offers *free training sessions in conflict resolution, peer mediation and character education for teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals.
All trainings are focused on the elementary and middle/high school levels and run one day each, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center off Ryders Lane in New Brunswick. Breakfast and lunch are provided free of charge.
Registration is now being accepted for the fall training sessions. Please note: In order to attend the peer mediation training, potential registrants should have an active conflict resolution program in their schools.
For Elementary School Educators (grades K-5 unless otherwise noted):
Conflict Resolution training is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17.
Peer Mediation training (grades 3-5) is offered on Thursday, November 18.
Character Education training is slated for Friday, November 19.
For Middle/High School Educators (grades 6-12)
Conflict Resolution training takes place on Thursday, November 18.
Peer Mediation training is being given on Wednesday, December 1.
Character Education training is scheduled for Tuesday, December 7.
The conflict resolution training sessions focus exclusively on conflict resolution techniques and how to utilize the curriculum guides provided by the Bar Foundation.
The peer mediation trainings explain, among other things, how to implement and sustain a program in your school and how mediation has been proven to reduce incidents of school violence.
The character education training (formerly called Advanced Training in Conflict Resolution) is intended for those with a basic understanding of conflict resolution. The course is designed to build on the principles learned in the NJSBF’s original conflict resolution trainings and allows participants to become familiar with the advanced, Volume II edition of the Bar Foundation’s conflict resolution guides, which focuses on character education. These guides include lessons on self-esteem, stereotypes, gender equality, honoring one another and related issues.
Teachers who attend the entire day of training will receive five and a half professional development hours per class.
Space is limited. Please note that online or faxed registration is not available for these trainings. To register for any of the sessions, call 1-800 FREE LAW and request a registration form.
*All training sessions remain free of charge; however, a refundable $20 security deposit check, made payable to the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, must accompany each registration. Confirmation letters will be sent to those who are registered for the training.
Checks will be returned by mail to each attendee with his or her professional development certificate. Checks from registrants who do not give adequate notice of their inability to attend will be used to defray the expenses related to no-show registrants and therefore will be forfeited. Deposit checks will be returned to anyone who gives 72 hours’ notice of his or her inability to attend.
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