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APJN has provided conflict management (CM), peer mediation, and bulling and violence prevention (BVP) trainings since the mid-1990s. We also collaborated with the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management to provide CM trainings across Ohio and into Pennsylvania. APJN started the first Comprehensive Conflict Management Program (CCMP) in Ohio at Amesville Elementary and then started CCMPs at West and Chauncey Elementary Schools.
In 2007, APJN began teaching Second Step, a Bullying and Violence Prevention curriculum, at Amesville Elementary. APJN’s Director and Trainer, Mara Giglio, has been trained to teach Second Step by its founders in Seattle, WA. Ms. Giglio teaches Second Step to preschool through 10th grade classes and has taught 62 23-week classes at Alexander Elementary (one class), Amesville Elementary (35 classes), the Athens Community Center (one class), the Athens Middle School (one class), Chauncey Elementary (six classes), Federal Hocking Middle and High School (two classes), the Plains Elementary (four classes), Trimble Elementary (six classes), Trimble Middle School (four individual classes) and West Elementary (six classes).
• Bulling & Violence Prevention Using the Second Step Curriculum
The Appalachian Peace and Justice Network teaches classes using the award winning, evidence-based curriculum called Second Step. Second Step is a bullying and violence prevention curriculum that is internationally used, reaching 9 million children at 25,000 schools in 26 countries. Second Step teaches social and emotional skills to prevent bullying and violence in schools and communities. It teaches children skills in empathy, problem solving, impulse control, and anger management. It is story-based and includes group discussion, role-plays, interactive games, songs and puppets for younger students, and video vignettes for older children. Backed by over 30 years of research, the Second Step program has been shown to reduce aggressive behaviors and peer rejection across socioeconomic backgrounds. The most recent Second Step study, which appeared in 2005 in The Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, found that, in schools using Second Step, students were 42% less aggressive, required 41% fewer adult interventions for minor conflicts, and teachers indicated a 78% improvement in student social competence. For more information, please visit Second Step’s website, cfchildren.org.
• Nonviolent Communication, NVC (All ages)
Started by Marshall Rosenburg in the 1960’s, NVC is a world-wide movement to end violence. Marshall ascertains that people are not naturally violent and only act out in violence when they see no viable non-violent conflict resolution strategy and feel dis-empowered. He created a conflict resolution model that seeks to respect and honor the needs of all parties involved. In this workshop, we both teach and practice the model using real life situations and solutions.
• Conflict Management (All ages)
- Teach basic nonviolent communication and problem solving skills
- Develop an environment where conflicts do not erupt into violence
- Facilitate activities that increase positive bank accounts with each other
- Support and affirm diversity
- Establish an overall tone of respect
• Peer Mediation (3rd grade and up)
- Resolve disputes before they require serious discipline
- Students participate in creating solutions to their own problems
- Preserve or improve relationships
- Learn life-long communication and negotiation skills
Peer Mediation Programs:
- Teach a select group of students advanced intervention and problem solving strategies
- Change the school culture – mediators are looked up to as role models
- Empower students to be responsible for their school’s or organization’s climate
- Prepare students for possible roles as a middle and high school mediator or as an adult mediator
Peer mediation trainings are typically two days of instruction and practice.
Hands-on Services Include:
For the Whole School:
- Summer planning retreat coordination to assess your group’s needs and design a program that will work best for your students, teachers and staff
- CM committee coordination to implement the summer retreat plan
- Newsletters on monthly CM themes, ideas on how to infuse the theme into academics and resource tie-ins
- Words of the Week (WOW) that connect the monthly themes to language artsBulletin boards on the monthly themes and WOW
- Resources to infuse CM lessons into the language arts curriculum
- Whole School Morning Meetings to build a sense of community and trust that helps students succeed in academics
- Second Step, a Bullying and Violence Prevention Curriculum (cfchildren.org)
- Peer Mediation Training – 3rd grade and up
- Mix It Up Day Coordination
- Service Clubs to help negative leaders become positive leaders
- CM lessons modeled in classes
- CM resources
- Peace Bench(es) for students to talk through conflicts
- In services on infusing CM into language arts, bullying prevention, nonviolent communication and whole school coordination of CM programs
- Model CM infusion into language arts lessons
- Resources on CM pedagogy and curriculum
- Chat and Chew to strengthen positive relationships between teachers
- Conflict Management for the Workplace
For Bus Drivers:
- De-escalating Conflicts on the Bus
To set up free classes or trainings, please contact
Mara Giglio, APJN Director and Trainer, at
Athens Office: 740-592-2608 or Home Office: 740-448-7515