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Spreading Peace Throughout Our School

Recognizing the need to implement programs that deal with conflict resolution, as a means to defuse potential violence, Hillsborough County Public Schools is offering conflict resolution and peer mediation in all schools.

Peer Mediation FAQ's

What is Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation?
Mediation is a process where the people involved in a conflict work out their differences with the help of a neutral trained student mediator. Students learn to defuse their anger and resolve conflicts in a peaceable way. Return to Top
Why do we need Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation in our schools?
Students, teachers and administrators can refer problems to the mediators before they become major disciplinary problems. Return to Top
Why use student mediators?
Students listen to other students. They speak the same language and share common ground. Student mediators do not pose a threat to other students and are not there to judge. Return to Top
How will the program work?
Trained facility members from every school in Hillsborough County will train a core group of volunteer students. The students wil do the mediating. They will be trained only to assist those in conflict to solve their own problem. Return to Top
Can anyone go to mediation?
Yes. Everyone is capable of resolving his or her conflicts through peacemaking skills. Return to Top
What about the discipline code of conduct?
Removing students who put others at risk may always be a necessity. Hopefully, having students go to mediation will prevent escalation of tensions and possible problems. Return to Top
Is mediation voluntary?
Yes. Research shows that most students realize the benefits of mediation and choose to attend. Should you have any questions about this program, please contact the school and speak to the Peer Mediation Coordinator. Return to Top

Goals of Mediation

  • Prevent violence.
  • Give students peaceful ways to resolve any conflict.
  • Build self-respect and respect for others.
  • Improve listening skills.
  • Improve communication.
  • Find common ground.
  • Promote peace by developing life long problem solving and decision making skills.

7 Setps to resolving Conflict

  1. If you have offended someone, apologize. Don't wait. Say it now.

  2. Communicate calmly and honestly with the other person. Have an open mind.

  3. Realize we are all very different and do not have to be friends, co-existence is the goal.

  4. Make a list of how you feel.

  5. Write down solutions you can live with. How would you like the conflict resolved?

  6. Be willing to listen and respect the other person's feelings.

  7. Seek a solution that will satisfy you both.

When is Mediation the Right Choice?

  • When both parties involved are ready to have peace in your life.
  • Disagreement is getting worse instead of better.
  • Other people get involved.
  • Conflict has been going on for too long.
  • You have done everything else you can think of doing.
  • Before a situation gets out of control.