The Peace Team
Mid Shore Community Mediation Center trained five mediators to work specifically within the school-based programs throughout the 2016-2017 school year. Currently, Cambridge-South Dorchester High School, North Dorchester High School, and North Dorchester Middle School, and Mace's Lane Middle School host Peace Teams 3 or more days each week. Our mediators work with students, teachers and parents to reduce violence and resolve conflict by providing a peaceful, collaborative problem-solving process. Students are referred for mediation services by school staff and frequently request Peace Team services themselves.
Restorative Practices are an innovative method of building community within schools, effectively managing behavior, and increasing accountability among students and staff. All Peace Team mediators are trained in "Restorative Practices" and "Using Circles Effectively" by Jennifer Williams, licensed trainer with the International Institute for Restorative Practices. Some members are also trained to facilitate "Restorative Conferences". For more information about Restorative Practices, please visit the link here.
IEP Facilitation is currently available in Talbot and Dorchester County Public Schools. The program is funded by the Maryland State Department of Education and is provided at no cost to families or individual schools. For more information click on "IEP Facilitation" above or call Jennifer Williams at (410)820-5553.
The Attendance Mediation program is offered to elementary, middle and high school students and their families in Dorchester County Public Schools. The purpose of Attendance Mediation is to provide families, students and school representatives an opportunity to have a collaborative conversation regarding attendance concerns. Click on "Attendance Mediations" above for additional information.
The Peace Group
The Peace Group is a conflict management education class offered by Mid Shore Mediation. The Peace Group curriculum is developed with evidence-based material from the ARISE Life Skills Foundation and The Alternatives to Violence Project. Lessons can be tailored for the needs of students aged 5-18 and include understanding anger triggers, how anger effects the body, stress awareness and reduction, managing anger and communicating effectively. Recently, Peace Groups have been held at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School, Mace's Lane Middle School, North Dorchester Middle School and the Talbot County Department of Juvenile Services.