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21st Century Life Skills: Conflict Resolution Education Curriculum Integration and Classroom Management

  • Greene County ESC 360 East Enon Road Yellow Springs, OH 45387 United States (map)

21st Century Life Skills:  Conflict Resolution Education Curriculum Integration and Classroom Management

Day 1: Lessons and Activities for Developing Core Conflict Management Skills in the Classroom and Community

 Day 2: Classroom Management Strategies for Preventing, Reducing and Addressing Conflicts in the Classroom

Sponsored by: The Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio Judicial System

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DATES AND TRAINING LOCATIONS (Select one location for the two-day training)

  • June 11-12, 2019        Northern Ohio Educational Computer Association- 219 Howard Drive, Sandusky, Ohio 44870 

  • June 18-19, 2019        Greene County ESC - 360 E. Enon Rd, Yellow Springs, OH 45387

TIME:  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day 

COST: FREE.  Lunch is on your own.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND: School staff, administrators and educators, teacher aides, counselors, and/or other youth-serving professionals representing K-8 and 7 – 12.  Curriculum resource guides for each participant will be provided on a cd-rom at the completion of the two-day training.  The training is designed to build on the concepts on Day 1 through Day 2.  Participation in the entirety of Day 1 is required to participate in Day 2.  Must attend the two-day training to receive the curriculum resource guides of more than 800 lessons organized by subject area and linked to conflict concepts. 


Day 1: Participants will have the opportunity to begin learning and practicing the core skills of conflict management which fall under four main topic areas: 1) Understanding Conflict, 2) Understanding How Emotions Influence Conflict, and 3) Effective Communication Skills and 4) Problem-Solving.  We know through the research that the more educators are able to model the skills, the more likely the students will learn and model the skills.  They will receive age-appropriate lesson plans (more than 1200 to choose from) developed by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management for each core skill set.  These lessons can be integrated into their curriculum in order that the students can also learn these important 21st Century Life Skills which are also core skills of Social Emotional Learning.  Participants will have the opportunity to begin reflecting on how they might adapt these lessons for their own classrooms and provide students with an opportunity to learn and practice these skills. 

Day 2: Participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice proven classroom management, positive discipline and social-emotional learning strategies for preventing, intervening, and de-escalating conflicts when they arise in the classroom. Day 1 is required to participate in Day 2 as the better we are at the core conflict management skills, the more effective we will be at applying positive discipline strategies and methods.  Participants will be provided with time to consider how they might use these skills to develop their own classroom management plans for the start of the new school year.  Related resources will be provided from the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management and free resources for effective classroom management accessible online will be shared.  


Jennifer C. Batton, M.A. has 23 years of experience in the field of conflict resolution/alternative dispute resolution working for state government, higher education, and a non-profit. Her experience includes eight years in state government (serving approximately 3600 primary and secondary public schools and 52 teacher training colleges and universities), seven years as the director of the Global Issues Resource Center at Cuyahoga Community College, and international education work in 23 countries. She provided direct service to more than 71 colleges and universities, 600 primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of civil society and governmental organizations.

Batton’s state and national experience include working on several United States Department of Education funded education initiatives,  co-coordinating and developing seven national capacity building seminars for colleges developing peace/conflict programs, and serving for eight years as the director of education programs for the state government office, the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. For the state she was responsible for strategic planning to meet the needs of all of Ohio’s schools, colleges and universities including coordinating and designing state-wide conflict resolution education (CRE) programming by providing grants, training, technical assistance, evaluation, and resource development in partnership with other state government, and state-wide youth-serving agencies.  She recently served as the director of Global Issues Resource Center (GIRC) at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, USA where she developed and coordinated the college’s certificate program in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies (the first in Ohio at a Community College), coordinated a free online national How to Manual for Community Colleges Developing Peace and Conflict Studies Programs with the United States Institute of Peace, coordinated the development of the first study abroad program in Peace and Conflict Studies in Costa Rica through Community Colleges for International Development (CCID), developed and managed the 1st Sustained Dialogue Campus Network program at a Community College in the U.S., and developed the college’s mediation program pilot.  

She is the current Chair of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, Peace and Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) Working Group.  Her international work includes providing leadership for The Organization of American States (OAS) Advisory Board for the Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices and serving on the board of Help the Afghan Children. Recently she served as a Senior Consultant for UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning working to develop a training package for Ministries of Education in Fragile Countries to build the infrastructure implement conflict and disaster risk reduction education country-wide. Education for Safety, Resilience, and Social Cohesion (2014)