ERIC Number: ED385905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
Conflict Management--Setting the Tone for School Safety.
Unsafe conditions in schools impede student learning. This paper describes how an effective conflict-management program can help to create a safe school environment. Such a program should be considered essential to an overall school-safety plan, not regarded as an adjunct to the plan. An effective conflict-management program gives students a feeling of true ownership; utilizes a proactive approach based on a shared vision; and focuses on the problem, rather than a person's character. The program relies on student input, which can take the form of student-run courts, and promotes school pride, which can be developed through an orientation program. Five keys for establishing a conflict-management program are: (1) procure faculty support and involvement; (2) select student leaders from all groups to serve as conflict managers; (3) provide comprehensive, hands-on training; (4) conduct regular supervision and evaluation; and (5) designate a dynamic and public-relations-oriented director. Common obstacles include a lack of respect, the abuse of class time, and the lack of adequate supervision. Steps in initiating a conflict-management program include conducting a needs-assessment survey, a faculty presentation, training, school education, and an opening day. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Winter Symposium of the California League of Middle Schools and California League of High Schools (San Leandro, CA, January 1995).