Students learn when they feel safe and worthy of attention and care. Students learn and role-model their own worth when they practice conflict resolution skills.
Cultural Competence – Learn why it is so easy for us to “otherize” those we don’t understand and those whose words and actions we don’t like. We all have a myriad of different social identities. This workshop addresses the values people share and how we can use those as a touchstone for learning rather than discriminating. Learn and develop communication skills to approach difficult conversations with curiosity and respect rather than skepticism and fear. This content is designed to help school administrators and teachers to transform moments of hurtful behavior into moments of self-awareness, emotional literacy, and a dedication to social justice.
Comprehensive Mediation Training – This very interactive workshop meets nationally-recognized standards to become a mediator. The skills learned in this workshop are invaluable for everybody who has to work with anybody else. Learn how to listen for what people are trying to say despite the words they use. Learn how to communicate in a way that respects diverging opinions. Learn how to transform conflict into opportunities for learning and growth. Imagine the culture of a school in which all students learn how to mediate conflicts, and through that process learn how to disagree respectfully and argue constructively!
Dealing with Difficult Students/Parents – Learn through this workshop some very useful skills for interacting with difficult people who can drain your energy and challenge your desire to be uniformly respectful. If you have particularly challenging students or parents with whom it is difficult to communicate because they don’t listen, or don’t appear to care about what you are saying, or because they are so angry they are intimidating – this information will be very useful. This workshop is shorter than the “Mediating Conflicts” workshops and is specifically targeted to coping with challenging students and challenging parents.
Conflict Resolution Skills for the Classroom – As a former school teacher of K-12, former school administrator and current Professor of undergraduate and graduate students, I have a great deal of experience with managing conflict in the classroom. The goal of all educators is to help their students to learn. Students learn when they feel safe to be who they are, when they are convinced their teachers care, and when they can engage with the material. Learn best practices and skills for spending more time focused on student learning and less time focused on student misbehaviors.
Mediate Attendance Issues – Across the country school districts are turning to mediation in order to resolve concerns about students who are habitually absent from school. Mediations occur with the student, school administration and parents in the room together so that a plan for regular and timely school attendance can be formulated in which everybody is invested. Avoid the truancy process and empower your students.
Customized Culture Diagnosis – Please contact me for more information about how I can help your school to create policies and procedures to effectively manage conflict among your staff or in your classrooms AND for more information about the type of review services I provide that can give your entire school insight regarding what is working well, what is not working well and some specific suggestions for improvement. The reviews are particularly useful for schools and/or universities in which many teachers or professors and the administrators have been at the same institution for many years and so may no longer question, or even recognize, many of the organization’s cultural mores that exist and that may stifle respect, loyalty, creativity and continued ingenuity. Our schools are responsible for fostering learning both from books and also from one another. The culture of a school impacts whether or not our next generations feel safe enough not only to learn, but also to thrive.
If you don’t see exactly what you are looking for in this list of workshops coaching and cultural diagnosis options, please fill out our contact form and let us know how we can help you build conflict resolution skills for an educational environment!