Conflict is a natural part of life. When we learn and practice conflict resolution, we become better problem solvers.
A rather lofty goal of this learning opportunity is the normalization of conflict. Currently, students often learn that engaging in conflict leads to punishment. Learning to approach conflict as a healthy opportunity for growth and actively developing the necessary skillset is far more productive than punishing students for engaging in conflict or seeking to avoid or escape conflict. This shift in practice is a necessary focus of school safety teams committed to establishing and maintaining a culture of equity and excellence.
Educators who value social justice establish schools that reduce exclusionary practices and foster positive social and emotional learning for students. (PSEL #3) Conflict resolution is an antidote to bullying. Many students express that they are frustrated with the amount of attention being placed on the negative behaviors, instead of teaching students ways in which they could deal with those behaviors. And…when we listen to the negative behaviors, instead of teaching students ways in which they could deal with those behaviors. And…when we listen to our students, they will tell you, “Kindness is the key for safer schools.”
This session addresses NJDOE SEL sub-competencies, as well as the NJ Career Ready Practices. Attend this session to:
- Strategize how to tap into the “parts”of students that are empowering to support the “parts” that aren’t. (Strength-based)
- Consider communication styles
- Practice listening
- Review the concepts of conflict resolution
- Practice a problem solving process
- Use a conflict resolution model
- Practice the language of respect
Audience: All Grades PK-12 Educators
Presenter(s): Sharon McCarthy, TMI-ENVISION SEL Specialist/Lead Consultant, ENVISION President
Time: 3 hours