This year, Fairfax County Public Schools, in collaboration with the George Mason School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, will be hosting its 22nd Annual Northern Virginia Regional Student Mediation Conference. This annual conference teaches elementary, middle and high school students conflict resolution and mediation skills. The conference brings together students involved in peer mediation from schools all over the region, giving them a chance to exchange ideas, learn from the experiences of others and exposes them to a network of students and staff who are also working to resolve conflicts constructively instead of resorting to violence.
The conference has covered a range of conflict resolution skills over the years, including Mediating Difficult Situations, the Mediation Process, Restorative Justice and Skills Beyond Mediation. This year’s conference is titled “Skills to Build the Future” and its objective is to give student mediation skills and techniques to become proficient in conflict resolution processes. Students have the opportunity to learn and practice new communication skills such as how to ask questions, clarify needs and use reframing language. They will learn to identify issues and needs, write agreements and look for non verbal cues. Students will also have the opportunity to practice their new skills during role plays and receive feedback from fellow students and facilitators.
In the past 20 years, the conference has brought together more than 25,000 students and staff in the Washington DC area who are involved in peer mediation and conflict resolution in their schools. For more information contact Kristen Woodward, Fairfax County Public School’s Conflict Resolution Specialist at email@example.com