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Kids who understand how to manage conflict successfully can transform their schools into safer and kinder places to learn. Kids Working It Out offers educators and parents a guide to the most current and effective school-based conflict resolution programs and shows how these programs can make a positive difference in our schools. Throughout the book, students and teachers share their stories of what it's really like in today's schools and reveal how Conflict Resolution Education, has shaped their experiences. Kids Working It Out covers a wide range of topics— curriculum integration, peer mediation, restorative justice, and others— and shows what it takes to implement an effective program in any school, and any community.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Engaging book." (Dispute Resolution Journal, April 2003)

"Highly Recommend." (CHOICE, September 1, 2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787963798
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 810,245
  • Product dimensions: 7.05 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Tricia S. Jones is professor, Department of Psychological Studies, Temple University and editor-in-chief of Conflict Resolution Quarterly (formerly Mediation Quarterly), published by Jossey-Bass.

Randy Compton is executive director of the School Mediation Center in Boulder, Colorado and project coordinator for the National Curriculum Integration Project.

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Table of Contents

Foreword (Mark Gerzon).



1 Kids and Conflict in Schools: What s It Really Like? (Randy Compton, School Mediation Center).

2 An Introduction to Conflict Resolution Education (Tricia S. Jones, Temple University).

3 The Building Blocks of Conflict Resolution Education:Direct Instruction, Adult Modeling, and Core Practices (Carol Miller Lieber, Educators for Social Responsibility).


4 The Heart of the Matter: Social and Emotional Learning as aFoundation for Conflict Resolution Education (Rachael Kessler, PassageWays Institute).

In Their Own Words: I Know That I Have Grown a LotEmotionally .

5 We Can Handle This Ourselves :Learning to Negotiate Conflicts (Jennifer K. Druliner and Heather E. Prichard,Association for Conflict Resolution).

In Their Own Words: I ve Changed After thePYN Training .

6 Students Helping Students: Peer Mediation (Richard Cohen, School Mediation Associates).

In Their Own Words: Peer Mediation Makesthe World Better .

7 We Can Do It Too! : Peer Mediation forSpecial Education Students (Paul I. Kaplan, Hannah More School).

In Their Own Words: Every School Should Have It .

8 Express Yourself! Expressive Arts and Conflict Discovery (Sarah Pirtle, Discovery Center).

In Their Own Words: A Powerful Healing Tool and a PowerfulCommunication Tool .

9 Making Meaningful Connections: Curriculum Infusion (Rachel A. Poliner, Educational Consultant).

In Their Own Words: Infusion Lets You Do Lots More withLess Time .

10 Making Things Right: Restorative Justice forSchool Communities (Alice Ierley and David Claassen-Wilson, School Mediation Center).

In Their Own Words: People Actually Learn to BeBetter People .

11 School Bullying: Prevention and Intervention (Beverly B. Title, Teaching Peace).

In Their Own Words: It Has Really Helped How SafeWe Feel .

12 R.E.S.P.E.C.T.: Appreciating and Welcoming Differences (Priscilla Prutzman, Creative Response to Conflict).

In Their Own Words: It Made Me Speak Up for Myselfand My Culture .

13 School s Out: Time for Fun, Relaxation, andPeaceful Conflict Resolution Education (Sandy Tsubokawa Whittall, Educators for Social Responsibility).

In Their Own Words: When the Kids Are Playing,They Are Working as a Team .

14 Reflections on Stories of Success (Tricia S. Jones, Temple University, and Randy Compton, School Mediation Center).

Postscript: The Importance of SupportingConflict Resolution Education (Amalia G. Cuervo).


Appendix A: Books, Publications, and Websites.

Appendix B: Organizations and Programs.

About the Editors.

About the Contributors.

Name Index.

Subject Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2008

    Outstanding resource for teachers and parents

    This book is so practical and such an incredible resource. I have purchased it for all the teachers in my school - and my district is now ordering it for the other schools in our county. It is THE resource for conflcit resolution, healthy communcation, and restorative justice. Buy this book - you will be so grateful to have it!!

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