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An Alternative that Works
Developed and produced by award-winning student mediators and their peer mediation coordinator from Forest Park Middle School, Springfield, MA, USA.
This video is great for introducing and winning support for a peer mediation effort, especially at the middle school and upper elementary level.
The first segment shows a hallway dispute, a brief meeting between a student disputant and a supportive administrator (who makes the referral to mediation), and the mediation session. The session includes demonstration of the opening statement, opened-ended questioning and paraphrasing, drafting and writing an agreement, and age-appropriate analysis of the mediation
The last ten minutes of the tape features real testimonials about peer mediation from a police officer, parent, school board members, superintendent, principal, mediation coordinators and several peer mediators and mediation participants.
Voiceover and narration by students. Setting is a diverse urban middle school.
Duration: 30 minutes