FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leisa-Anne Smith at 732-937-7517
Open 2014-2015 Dates for *Free Conflict Resolution, Peer Mediation and Character Education Training*
Conflict resolution, peer mediation and character education programs in New Jersey schools attract increased attention everyday, as concerns about violence escalate. Committed to the promotion of violence prevention, the New Jersey State Bar Foundation offers *FREE one-day training sessions for teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals on the topics of conflict resolution, peer mediation and character education.
Registration is now being accepted for the Foundation's Conflict Resolution, Peer Mediation and Character Education trainings. All open sessions are listed below.
All trainings are held 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center off Ryders Lane in New Brunswick, NJ. Free breakfast and lunch are provided.
Elementary School (K-5) Conflict Resolution training is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, 2015.
Middle/High School (grades 6-12) Conflict Resolution training is scheduled for Wednesday, February 11, 2015.
Registrants should have an active conflict resolution program in their school in order to attend the Peer Mediation training programs
(grades 6-12) Peer Mediation
training is scheduled for March 31, 2015.
General information: All trainings are focused at the elementary and middle/high school levels, as applicable. The one-day conflict resolution training sessions focus exclusively on conflict resolution techniques and how to utilize the curriculum guides provided by the Bar Foundation. The peer mediation trainings discuss, among other things, how to implement and sustain a program in your school and how mediation has been proven to reduce incidents of school violence. Professional development credit is granted as specified below (Provider Number 1418).
Teachers who attend the entire Conflict Resolution or entire Peer Mediation training will receive 5-1/2 professional development hours.
Middle/High School (grades 6-12) training for educators is scheduled for Thursday, December 4, 2014; and Thursday, April 23, 2015.
The Bar Foundation’s Character Education Training (formerly called Advanced Conflict Resolution), debuted in 2004. The character education training sessions build on the principles learned in the Foundation's original conflict resolution training sessions and allow participants to become familiar with the advanced, Volume II edition of the Bar Foundation’s conflict resolution guides, which focus on character education. These guides feature lessons on, among other things, self-esteem, stereotypes, gender equality and honoring each other. Attendees of these training sessions should have a basic understanding of conflict resolution.
Teachers who attend the entire Character Education training will receive will receive 5-1/2 professional development hours.
Confirmation letters will be sent to successful registrants in all trainings.
Space is limited. To register for any of the training sessions, call 1-800 FREE LAW. Please leave your email address (preferable) or fax number and specify for which training you are requesting a registration form. You may NOT register online. See registration process below.
Registration Process for All Trainings
*All one-day training sessions are free of charge, however, a refundable $20 security deposit check, made out to the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, is required and must accompany each registration. As a result, faxed registrations cannot be accepted for the above trainings. Checks will be returned by mail with your professional development certificate. Checks from registrants who do not give adequate notice of their inability to attend will be used to defray the expenses related to no-show registrants, and therefore, will be forfeited. Deposit checks will be returned to anyone who gives 72 hours' notice of his or her inability to attend.
Founded in 1958, the New Jersey State Bar Foundation is the educational and philanthropic arm of the New Jersey State Bar Association. The Bar Foundation's mission is to promote public understanding of the law through a free, comprehensive public education program. Among its activities, the Foundation, established in 1958, conducts seminars and conflict resolution training, publishes materials, operates a videotape loan library and speakers bureau, and coordinates elementary, middle and high school mock trial competitions. For more information about the Foundation's programs and publications, visit us online at www.njsbf.org or call 1-800-FREE-LAW.