Peer mediation is both a program and a process where students of the same age-group facilitate resolving disputes between two people or small groups. This process has proven effective in schools around the United States, changing the way students understand and resolve conflict in their lives. Changes include improved self-esteem, listening and critical thinking skills, and school climate for learning, as well as reduced disciplinary actions and less fights. These skills are transferable outside of the classroom.
The process is voluntary for both sides. Peer mediators do not "make decisions" but rather work towards a win-win resolution for both sides in order to avoid further trouble.
Six 7th grade students and six 8th grade students are selected in early September through teacher recommendations. Students must demonstrate qualities such as assertiveness, trustworthiness, leadership and positive social skills. Peer mediators attend a training on mediation skills in late September and serve as mediators the entire school year. 7th grade mediators have the option to continue serving as mediators in 8th grade.
For more information about our Peer Mediation program, contact the counselor Mrs. Tyler.