Benefits of Peer Mediation

Volume I, April 2002
To renovate a house, you need a hammer. For certain tasks, a hammer is essential. But it would be lunacy to think that you could refurbish an entire house with a hammer alone.… read this issue >>
Volume I, June 2002
I sometimes hear the expression "stop playing God" used to criticize a person who arrogantly makes decisions for others or orders them around. It uses an image of God as boss, and not a very nice boss at that.… read this issue >>
Volume II, November 2002
Yes, mediators compete seems like an oxymoron. But in Australia, teams of student mediators and role-players do compete, and they do so before adjudicators who determine which teams are best.… read this issue >>
Volume III, December 2003
I recently received a copy of Meghan Lennon's college essay, in which she describes how peer mediation changed her life. It was sent to me by Randi Orpen, peer mediation coordinator/Spanish teacher at Woburn High School in Massachusetts. Meghan is one of Randi's student mediators.… read this issue >>
Volume III, May 2004
The most enjoyable part of publishing "The School Mediator" is hearing from you, educators from all over the world who are applying peer mediation where you live. It astonishes me that this concept is now working within stable democracies as well as in countries emerging from dictatorship or civil war; in the most densely populated cities as well as in rural villages; within an environment of relative wealth as well as one of extreme poverty.… read this issue >>
Volume V, February 2006
One of the reasons I was initially attracted to peer mediation was the sense that participating in mediation changed disputants: that in addition to resolving the conflict at hand, parties learned new skills and behaviors that they could apply to future conflicts. For many years, however, there was little qualitative proof that any of the benefits attributed to peer mediation were real. We had only anecdotal evidence — anecdotes that were compelling, to be sure — but anecdotes nonetheless.… read this issue >>
Volume X, April 2011
I recently saw the grass-roots movie phenomenon "Race to Nowhere." The filmmaker, Vicki Abeles, describes it as a "call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens."… read this issue >>


Academic Performance Administrative Support of Peer Mediation Adult Conflicts Adultism Advisor/Advisee Aggression and Gender Aikido Alternatives to War Appalachian Spring, Aaron Copeland Association For Conflict Resolution Australia Bandura, Albert Benefits of Peer Mediation Buddhism Bullying/Harassment Community Conferencing Center Center for Nonviolent Solutions Centers for Disease Control Centre for Conflict Resolution in Schools Chardon, Ohio School Shooting Childhood, History of China Columbine High School Tragedy Community Boards Program Compassion Competition of Peer Mediators Condon, William Confidentiality Conflict Resolution Conflict Avoidance Coordinator Responsibilities and Committment Criticism of Peer Mediation Cross-talk Curriculum on Conflict Resolution Dalai Lama de Mause, Lloyd Debrief Mediators Demonstration as a Teaching Strategy Dialogue Diener, Sam Discipline Diversity Doing vs. Observing Drug Use Among Teens Electronic Communications Emotional Intelligence Empathy Empowerment European Centre for Conflict Prevention Face to Face Seating Feelings/Emotions First Names, Teachers' Use of Fisher, Roger Frames of Mind, Howard Gardner Funding for Peer Mediation Programs Future of Peer Mediation Gardner, Howard Gay Marriage Gender Differences Getting to Yes Girls Gladwell, Malcolm Global Reach of Peer Mediation Goleman, Daniel Ground Rules Guns Handling Difficult Topics Harris, Dr. Robert Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative High-Performing Peer Mediation Program History of Peer Mediation Homophobia in School International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Impact of Peer Mediation Increase Understanding Influence of Mediator Instant Messaging Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation Intake Interviews Inter-American Summit on Conflict Resolution Education Interpersonal Communication Interpersonal Harmony Interpersonal Intelligence iPods Jennings, Peter Kenya Leadership Learning Pyramid LeBaron, Michelle Lederach, John Paul Listening Little League Baseball Longevity Marketing Massachusetts Attorney General's Office "Mature" Peer Mediation Program McDuffee, Morgan Media Mediators As Parties Misbehavior of Peer Mediators Miscommunication Martin Luther King Jr. Day Models of Peer Mediation Multiple Intelligence Theory Music N.A.M.E. Negotiation Non-attachment Non-Violent Conflict Resolution Olweus, Dan Outreach Parenting Peacebuilders International Peer Mediators As Role Models Perspective Persuasion Pestering Program Phelps, Michael Pikas Method Positive Peer Pressure Principles of Effectiveness Private Sessions Psychohistory Punishment of Peer Mediators Questions Race to Nowhere Ramirez, Manny Reagan, Ronald Recovery Time Re-entry Mediation Referrals Relational Aggression Relationships, Power of Religion Research on Peer Mediation Restorative Practices Role-plays Room Set-up Rumi "Sacred Cows" Safe and Drug Free Schools Funding Sanders, Frank School Climate School Connectedness School Shootings SCRAM (Schools Conflict Resolution and Mediation) Selection of Peer Mediators Self-esteem and Peer Mediation Self-referrals Selman, Robert September 11th Should Coordinators be in Mediation? Shy Peer Mediators Side by Side Seating Arrangement Silence During Mediation Skills of Peer Mediators Slovenia Social Learning Theory Somalia Spirituality Standards Steps in Peer Mediation Sterling, Sy, "Hair Club President" Stress Among Youth Suicide Swimming Talking to Kids about Tragedy Teacher Support of Peer Mediation Terrorism, Responses to Texting The Promise of Mediation: Responding to Conflict Through Empowerment and Recognition The Tipping Point Tibet Time Tissue Paper Flowers Training Train the Trainer Programs Transformative Mediation Trust Underperforming Peer Mediation Program Understanding Does Not Equal Agreement Ury, William Victim Offender Dialogue (VOD) Video Games Violence War in Iraq Wenger, Etienne Wingspread Declaration of School Connectedness