Putting the Peace(s) together with "PIP"

 part 2 - Saturday May 14 -- 11:00am Eastern time (USA)

Behavior more than academic diversity is what teachers find most challenging. Management of problem behaviors is the most troubling issue facing schools as identified by both educators and the general public. Many teachers find that they spend as much time on discipline as they do instruction. Discipline problems are getting more complicated with the growing presence of more students with ED, ADD/ADHD , ASD or LD difficulties who are included in the classroom. Demanding or unsupportive parents often make it more difficult for teachers and administrators. Society reinforces violence and often blames the school. So where do we begin?

We can create more peaceable classrooms and schools when we put the “peace(s)” together in thoughtful, compassionate, and careful ways. Using the acronym of PIP we will consider the tasks of Prevention, Intervention and building Partnerships.

This session  (pt 2) will focus on the strategies for preventing as many troubling behaviors as possible; how to intervene based on our Montessori principles as a restorative approach and how we must develop partnerships with our parents and community members. Participants will gain practical and strategic tools for building peaceable classrooms and schools that can benefit everyone.

Claire Salkowski is the Principal Consultant for C.J. Consulting and Services, an ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) practitioner and  a Montessori educator having worked as a school founder, teacher, administrator, accreditation specialist, teacher trainer and presenter, both nationally and international for over 40 years. She was also the Director of the Montessori Education Program at Delaware State University and Mediation and Educational Programs at the North Baltimore Center of Mosaic Community Services. She continues serving with several Montessori and ADR organizations. Claire's passion for peace education, conflict resolution, and compassionate classroom management has informed her work and writing throughout her career.