For Immediate Release:
Helping Teachers Develop Student Conflict Resolution Skills
The Carter School at George Mason University Launches Conflict Resolution Resource Hub for Teachers
The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution has launched a new website: “Conflict Resolution Resource Hub for Teachers” (https://teach.conflictresolution.gmu.edu). Designed for high school teachers, this site provides free resources and activities to help teachers include non-partisan conflict analysis and resolution tools into their lessons regarding historical and contemporary real-world problems.
The creation of pertinent activities and lesson plans that will resonate with and engage students can be a challenge for busy teachers. The Conflict Resolution Resource Hub was built to help ease this burden. The hub soft-launched on August 4th with a selection of teacher tools, including analytical exercises, lesson plans, team-building exercises, and case studies/simulations with plans to add additional material in the future. Sample activities available at launch include Understanding Propaganda and Nationalism in WWII, an Israeli-Palestinian Facilitated Dialogue Simulation, and skill development, such as active listening, negotiation, and interviewing.
According to Jane Walker, Director of Student Services at the Carter School, and a former high school social studies teacher and driving force behind the development of the resource hub, “The Carter School has resources to help teachers give students the tools they will need as next-gen citizens who can collaborate to build solutions together. Our mission is to equip teachers with high-quality materials that foster the development of critical thinking, creative problem solving, civic engagement, communication, and perspective taking."
Carter School Dean Alpaslan Ozerdem added, “For a more peaceful society both at home and in the world, we need to teach our students how to resolve their disputes peacefully. With the Carter School’s Conflict Resolution Resource Hub for Teachers, we provide tools and materials to teachers who lift the heavy weight of this important responsibility for all of us, and we are so proud of working with our nation’s amazing teachers.”
For more information about the Conflict Resolution Resource Hub for Teachers and the free resources available, please visit https://teach.conflictresolution.gmu.edu.
About the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution:
George Mason University’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution is a community of faculty, students, staff, alumni, and partners with a fundamental commitment to building peace. Through the development of cutting-edge theory, research, education, and practical work, we seek to identify and address the underlying causes of conflict and provide tools for ethical and just peacebuilding on the local, national, and global stages. Learn more at https://carterschool.gmu.edu.
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