May 28 - Online Mediation Training for Youth and Schools
Hosts: Clare Fowler and Jonathan Rodrigues

How can we best support the development of online mediation and online mediation training for youth and in our schools?  

This May 28 Youth and Schools 2-hour Forum follows and builds upon the May 15-16 "Young Minds, Global Voices Online Conference

New Mediators' Guidance from May 15-16 Youth Conference
This article summarizes the Young Minds, Global Voices Conference.
by Jonathan RodriguesClare FowlerMaria ApostolidouIlan David BassAmee DharamshiMelanie KochNisshant LaroiaBenjamin LutzGwendolyn MyersOlivia Chisom OsualaLydia RaySumhiya  SallayJay Patrick SantiagoSalman Shaheen
This conference was sponsored by Mediate.com in an effort to hear from younger mediators. These 6 sessions included thought young leaders from around the globe, forming a brain trust for how to create peace in ourselves, our community and our world.

Presentation Materials for the May 28 Forum: 

New Voices in Dispute Resolution

Introduction to Task Force
 


Additional Resources


Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Recommended Standards for School-Based Peer Mediation

Peer mediation can be a successful approach to managing interpersonal conflict in elementary and secondary schools. These programs provide a unique opportunity for diverse students to use communication, human relations, and problem-solving skills in real-life settings. Effective programs can help to create a safe and welcoming school environment, improve interpersonal and inter-group relations, and assist in reducing school conflicts and violence, especially when part of a comprehensive violence prevention plan.

Click to download Recommended Standards for School-Based Peer Mediation Programs
(Adobe PDF File)


Additional topics raised by registrants for consideration:

  • How can we best support the development of online mediation and online mediation training for youth and in our schools?  
  • What about online mediation and online mediation training in higher education?
  • How do we best market online mediation and online mediation training to local schools?
  • How does online mediation apply to Special Education mediation?
  • How is online mediation currently being used in schools?
  • As to peer mediation post-pandemic, how do we re-incorporate mediation as a priority when teachers are so burdened with catching up on curriculum?
  • What are tips for engaging parents in a conflict with school staff and administrators?
  • I am hoping to get guidance on youth mediation - not youth being trained to mediate peers, but mediating 2 youth/students/siblings that have issues they can’t get past.