Spring 2004 Newsletter
In mid-February, we received a letter from Barbara Miller, the President of the Ohio Children's Foundation. "I'm pleased to confirm by letter what we recently discussed by phone: the Board of Directors of the Ohio Children's Foundation has approved a grant of $29,000 to Wilmington College for expanding teacher training in Positive Discipline'
"The Foundation agrees that today's children grow up in an increasingly violent culture. Unfortunately, schools are often the environment in which children are exposed to corporal punishment from adults, as well as threats, bullying and coercion from peers. Data have demonstrated that the Positive Discipline program can and does reduce violence and improve school climates.
"We commend your mission of helping to create a non-violent world for the children – The Ohio Children's Foundation is pleased to partner with you in this important work."
What wonderful news! Now for the work. We will hold 14 separate sessions through the next 13 months. In these sessions, we will train new workshop trainers, Wilmington College faculty, Wilmington College pre-service teachers, individual cooperating teachers, and whole schools. In addition to this round of training, the grant will allow us to start a program that will be self-sufficient from this point on.
So what exactly is Positive Discipline? It is a strategy to create a classroom climate that enhances academic learning, uses encouragement rather than praise and rewards, and instills valuable social skills and positive behavior through the use of class meetings. It also understands the motivation behind students' behavior instead of looking for causes. It is a philosophy that fosters cooperation, problem-solving skills, and mutual respect in children.
Carl D. Feesh, Director of Public Relations of the Institute for Problem Solving of the Peace Resource Center, is thrilled about the grant. "I may be a stuffed fish who can't talk, but even I think this is a great opportunity for the Peace Resource Center to carry out its Mission to foster and provide peace education in schools, and to spread the word about Positive Discipline. Once the teachers are exposed to these ideas, they'll be hooked. Better them than me! But seriously, I can't wait to take part in the training sessions, visit participating classrooms, and witness first-hand the difference Positive Discipline makes."
Would you like to know more about Positive Discipline or our plans for the year? Send us an e-mail or give us a call! For more information on the Ohio Children's Foundation, please visit www.ohiochildrensfoundation.org.
If you're like me, there is one spot in your house that collects "stuff" – a birthday card to put in the mail, a receipt to write in the check book, library books to return, film to get developed. We all have those little things that are important, but don't really seem to belong anywhere in particular. As I go through my files preparing this newsletter, I'm finding all sorts of tidbits of information that I want to share with you, but similarly don't really belong anywhere else in the newsletter! So here it is ' a glimpse at the "stuff" that I've collected and want to share with you!
A special "Thank you!" to Yuko Lang of Ahresty Corporation in Wilmington. One of the unique pieces we have here at the PRC is this cast of a bas relief carving, featuring a small child and a dove. A piece of paper pasted to the back of the cast contained a description written by the artist – but since it is written in Japanese, we didn't know that until Yuko graciously agreed to translate it for us! The label accompanying the cast reads: "This statue, a child embracing a dove with her eyes quietly closed, was designed to symbolize peace. The child is thinking of the tragedies caused by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, as well as the destructive power of hydrogen bombs. The child is about to release the dove, hoping for world peace. The base of the statue also symbolizes the surface of some of the tiles burned and disfigured by the hellish heat of the atomic bomb." I received this lovely note from Yuko: "Thank you for the photos and the translation card along with the kind words of yours. I am very happy to know that I had the opportunity to help you in completing the display. I was originally from Los Angeles and took a job at Ahresty Wilmington Corp. Now that the translation is included in the display, I feel very much privileged and I am part of the City. Someday, I would like to visit your college to see the Peace Child."
Meet Carl! Carl D. Feesh is quickly becoming an integral part of the staff here at the PRC. As the year progresses, watch this spot to learn more about Carl's talents and responsibilities. We think you'll grow to love him just as much we do!
The PRC and the Environment It's all about baby steps'here in the office we recycle all of our scrap paper, have a compost pile in the back yard, and turn out the lights when we're not in the room. Now it's your turn to help us! I would like to get as many of you as possible on an e-mail distribution list for our newsletter. If you would like to help us save a tree (and some postage), please send an e-mail to email@example.com, and let us know!
The November 2003 issue of Asia-Pacific Perspectives: Japan+ featured "Disarmament: In Pursuit of an Arms-Free World" (Japan is showing its commitment to disarmament and non-proliferation through a number of initiatives) and "International Contributions: Magsaysay Awards" (two Japanese won Magsaysay Awards in the category of peace and international understanding). The December 2003 issue included "Interview: Yasushi Kosugi" (a leading Japanese expert on Islam, Kosugi looks at the part Japan could play in overcoming misunderstanding and mistrust of Islam). If you are interested in any of these articles, send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll be glad to get a copy to you.
13 November 2003 through 24 February 2004
Larry & Sally Barker
Don & Jacquie Cosgrove
Proctor & Patsy Dean
Stanley & Patricia Dienst
John & Yasuko Dower
James & Anne Ellis
Larry & Lenna Mae Gara
Beth Ann Gehres
Donald & Joan Gildemeister
Stephen & Diane Hein
Mary Katherine Hilberg
David & Lynada Johnson
Carl & Marybeth Kantner
Timothy & Teresa O'Connell
Verda Mae Peters
Dorothy Scott Smith
Hideko Tamura Snider
Art & Kathy Springsteen
Mary Elizabeth Stanfield
Paul & Dorla Whipple
Dispute Resolution Center
Cincinnati Friends Meeting
Pennies for Peace Children's Project
Dayton Friends Meeting
Springfield Friends Meeting
Innovations in Conflict Resolution Education:
Early Childhood to Higher Education
May 5-8, 2004, in Columbus, Ohio
Keynote presenters at this conference include:
- Maurice Elias, Preparing Children for the Tests of Life: Conflict Resolution Education and Social and Emotional Learning
- Tricia Jones, Kids Working it Out
- Janet Patti, Smart School Leaders: Using Emotional Intelligence to Lead Schools
Pre-conference intensive training sessions will take place on May 5 & 6. These sessions will cover:
- designing CR systems in higher education
- peer mediation training for students and advisors
- higher education institute
- conflict management in early childhood
Workshop sessions will take place on May 7 & 8. These sessions will cover:
- Positive Discipline
- social and emotional learning
- truancy mediation
- special education mediation
- creating a comprehensive CRE program
- linking CRE and teacher education
- restorative justice
- and many more!
For more details and registration information, please visit the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution at www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov.
RCHs, CEUs for teachers, counselors and social workers and graduate credit, offered.
Sponsored by: Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution, Interfaith Center for Peace, Association for Conflict Resolution, and Ohio Resource Network (Safe School Center)
Good Things Happening at the PRC!
"Dear Ruth, I received my book a few days ago and just wanted to take a minute to thank you and the rest of the staff at the Peace Resource Center. You have been warm, pleasant, and professional, not to mention impressively prompt. Thanks for everything you do. I look forward to working with and ordering from you soon. – Sarah Lundquist"
Bumper Stickers from the PRC Bookstore
* "When Jesus said, "Love your enemies," I think he probably meant don't kill them." – blue on white "Consume Less – Share More" – white on blue/blue on white
* "Alone we can do so little – Together we can do so much. Helen Keller" – white on green
* "Happy childhoods last a lifetime – Prevent child abuse" – purple on white
* "REAL MEN DON'T USE VIOLENCE" – green on white/white on green
* "Practice Nonviolence" with dove ' green on white
* "Think Globally – Act Locally" with globe – blue and green on white
* "ONE PLANET – ONE FUTURE" with globe – green on white
Bumper stickers are $2 each, plus $0.50 S&H. 7% sales tax for OH residents. To place an order, or for more information, please contact the PRC.
Peace Related Web Sites
Curriculum Resources for Global Citizenship Education FREE online directory at http://www.brc21.org/resources/res_crgce.html
Dialogue Webpage for Conflicts Worldwide (DWCW) Resource and service for all people interested in conflict and its prevention at www.dwcw.org
Hang Up On War Campaign of phone tax resistance initiated by the Iraq Pledge of Resistance. http://hanguponwar.org
MdMediators@yahoogroups.com The purpose of the list is to exchange information, announcements, and opinions on issues related to mediators and mediation.
Peace Education Center Columbia University Teachers College at www.tc.edu/PeaceEd.
PeaceEd.org National Campaign on Peace Education: need for peace education, available resources, curricula and materials, locations where peace education is active, timetable for related events nationwide.
The School Mediator: Peer Mediation Insights From the Desk of Richard Cohen To subscribe, please send your email address to email@example.com.
Visit http://newsletter.tolerance.org for Tolerance.org, a newsletter and website project of The Southern Poverty Law Center.
http://www.transnational.org/forum/meet/TFF_Forum_Iraq.html, the TFF Iraq Forum, contains conflict coverage, world press articles, photos and links, and peace analyses.
Resources From Other Places
2004 International Workcamp Directory Annual booklet listing over 2400 opportunities for meaningful travel throughout Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Latin America. 2-3 week programs are $200 including room and board. Please call (802) 259-2759 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Barbara Oehlberg Workshops to address the sources of trauma as well as bullying and coping mechanisms for parents and professionals. A limited number of these workshops will be offered to Ohio schools at no charge on a first-request basis. Contact Jennifer Batton, (614) 752-9595, or Jennifer.Batton@cdr.state.oh.us for information.
Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation is the theme of Theory Into Practice, Winter 2004, Vol. 43, No. 1. http://www.coe.ohio-state.edu/tip for a complete table of contents.
Gaining Mind of Peace Why are there wars? Why do people destroy with terrorism, riots, lynchings? Why do they bully others, or look away when others are in trouble? People who study the mind and behavior – psychologists – have been trying to figure this out for a long time. This book explains some of what we know so far. It also gives ideas for what we can do about it, especially what young people can do. For grades 6 and up. www.xlibris.com/GainingMindofPeace.html
Hunger in a World of Plenty This six-page fact sheet describes the continuing tragedy of hunger. Creative initiatives by impoverished people supported by donor organizations are highlighted. From Church World Service. Call 1-800-297-1516.
I Will Be Your Friend Musical anthology for elementary grades 2-5 teaches musical activism from our nation's proud tradition of singing for social change. www.teachingtolerance.org
In Memory of Susumu Ishitani Susumu Ishitani, Japanese Quaker, life-long dedicated peace campaigner, Professor of Ethics at Hosei University and an international peace educator, died in 2002. This book was compiled by his widow, and includes photos and reproductions of a few of Susumu's paintings. The final section is in English an introduction to some of the key moment's of Susumu's life, including memories of Nagasaki when the atomic bomb was dropped. E-mail Michiko Ishitani, email@example.com for information.
Proven Benefits of Conflict Resolution Education Research and Stages of Conflict Resolution Education Implementation Two Power Point presentations available from the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management web site. www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov
Resolving Conflict Creatively This series is currently being used by over 800 schools and community groups worldwide. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.triune.ca/order.htm for information.
Stop Bullying Now! The campaign was developed by HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration in partnership with more than 70 health, safety, education, and faith-based organizations. www.StopBullyingNow.hrsa.gov, or 1-888-ASK-HRSA.
Teaching Tolerance Published twice a year, the magazine profiles K-12 educators, schools and programs that are promoting diversity and equity in inspirational and replicable ways. www.teachingtolerance.org.
Toward Nuclear Abolition: A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 1971 to the Present, by Lawrence S. Wittner. This book, which concludes the author's award-winning antinuclear trilogy, The Struggle Against the Bomb, provides a dramatic, inspiring story of how citizen activism helped curb the nuclear arms race and prevent nuclear war. It is available in paperback or cloth editions from the Chicago distribution center of Stanford University Press: 1-800-621-2736.
Uprooted Peoples A six-page fact sheet documenting the struggles of 15 million refugees and 25 million internally displaced persons worldwide. The fact sheet also celebrates the way churches and non-government organizations support the uprooted. Call 1-800-297-1516.
Organizers sought to coordinate 5th Annual Global Youth Service Day, April 16-18, 2004. www.gysd.net.
Annual Conflict Resolution Education Institute for Professional Preparation Faculty: Supporting NCATE Requirements March 25-26, 2004, at Global Issues Resource Center, Highland Hills, Ohio. Visit www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov for information.
Conflict Transformation Across Cultures Summer Institute, May 31-June 18, 2004. For more information, contact The School for International Training, www.sit.edu/contact.
Creating a Comprehensive School Conflict Management Program Workshop for teachers to look at the many and varied components of an effective program and help them develop a plan to begin using the skills in their own school setting. At The Union Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 22-23, 2004. For information, contact Jennifer Batton at (614) 644-9275 or Jennifer.Batton@cdr.state.oh.us.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki for College Teachers June 28-July 2, 2004. Workshop details at http://titan.iwu.edu/~physics/Hiroshima.html.
Hope for Peace in the Middle East – The Geneva Accords Free talk by Robyn Lundy of the Tikkun Institute of California, March 24, 3-4:30 p.m. at the University of Dayton's Kennedy Union, Room #331.
Peace Camp for children entering grades 1-4 hosted by Wilmington Yearly Meeting (Society of Friends), Wilmington, Ohio, June 28-30. (937) 382-2491 for more information.
Second Step: A Violence Prevention Curriculum kits are available from the Committee for Children. The Committee also provides training sessions for educators and administrators. Call 1-800-634-4449 for more information.
TMI 25th Anniversary Anti-Nuclear Days of Action International Week of Action from March 22nd to 28th to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Three Mile Island disaster and to oppose the "Nuclear Power Relapse." For information, visit www.nirs.org.
UN Commission on Sustainable Development April 2004 at United Nations Headquarters (NY). www.un.org/esa/sustdev.