To help create a more peaceful world, the mission of PeaceMaker Minnesota is to help schools be safer places, free from bullying and harassment, and to help youth learn positive relational skills like empathy, respect, cooperation and how to resolve conflicts peacefully.
We were excited and honored to bring "Teaching Students to be Peacemakers" training to students and staff at Thomas Edison High School in Minneapolis last month. The evidence-based training developed by David W. Johnson and Roger T. Johnson, teaches conflict resolution skills, or how to manage conflicts through negotiation and mediation.
The ultimate goal is that students not only teach their peers, but are personally equipped to resolve conflicts (fighting, etc.) that can lead to suspension and/or expulsions, and ultimately to involvement in the criminal justice system. It’s a goal that resonated with attendees. One noted, "I am a big believer in the outcomes/goals of the training and would love for it to become more widely used and prevalent in public schools." Another appreciated the student-to-student focus of resolving conflicts because “peers listen better to their peers.”
Karla Hill-Donish and Dan McNeil, PeaceMaker’s Executive Director, delivered the training.
November 22, 2019