Course Starts March 2, 2021

5 Consecutive Tuesdays

Five Consecutive Tuesdays

3.2 | 3.9 | 3.16 | 3.23 | 3.33

6:30 - 8:30 PM EST


Living in a less than peaceful world is a challenge that faces children and adults alike, especially as we witness the tumultuous nature of current times.  As those who live and work with children, we have an opportunity to sow the seeds for a more harmonious society and develop new leaders capable of making a positive difference.   

A thorough understanding of the dynamics of peace and knowing how to cultivate and sustain it in our own lives offers the hope of creating it in our communities. Creating the classroom structure and positive expectations enable the community to flourish and to hold each other accountable. Giving children the tools to handle conflict in creative, non-violent ways is a lifelong gift that ensures success, builds confidence, and offers the hope of peaceful living in a turbulent society. Helping children understand their own behavior and make positive choices enables them to grow individually and become a contributing member of the community.  

Current trends in the world indicate a clear need for new and enlightened leadership that can guide us toward unity rather than division.  It will take all of us working together to truly turn the tide.  This course is the first in the Partners in Peace series of courses designed to cover the essential topics and strategies for implementing comprehensive peace education and conflict resolution curriculum utilizing restorative practices. In this first course, comprised of four online sessions, we will explore ways to help children understand the concept of peace in their lives, establish a true classroom community, and hold ourselves and each other responsible for being our best selves.

Participants will have an opportunity to:

Learning Outcomes

Understand the rationale and need for peace education and developing prosocial behaviors. Organize and sequence the skills needed to develop peaceful behaviors in the classroom and the school. Define the concept and model of community for the classroom and school. Recognize the importance of an integrated peace curriculum. Identify models and techniques for developing discipline in the classroom. Develop effective classroom management strategies that promote the development of self-regulatory behaviors. Develop effective strategies for assessing children’s behavioral needs and responding in restorative ways.

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Session 1

    Show Content
    • Cultivating Concepts of Peace and the Skills to Sustain It
    • Session One Assignment Choices:
  • 02

    Session 2

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    • Cultivating a Classroom Community
    • Session Two Assignment Choices:
  • 03

    Session 3

    Show Content
    • Cultivating Concepts of Peace and the Skills to Sustain It| Part 2
  • 04

    Session 4

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    • Holding Each Other Accountable
    • Session Three Assignment Choices:
  • 05

    Session 5

    Show Content
    • From Ballistic to Balanced: Diffusion Strategies for Out of Control Behavior

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Instructor Bio:

Claire Salkowski has been a leader in the field of education for forty years. She was the founder and Head of Free State Montessori School and has taught at every level of development from toddlers through graduate school. She is the previous Director of the Montessori Education Program at Delaware State University and has been a faculty member at numerous Montessori teacher training programs. She has been an adjunct and associate professor at Goucher College, Chestnut Hill College, Delaware State University, Loyola University, and a visiting lecturer at UMBC. Most recently she held the posts of Curriculum Director for the International Montessori School in Hong Kong and Principal for Gateway International Montessori School in Cairo, Egypt. Ms. Salkowski is currently a professional ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) specialist and educational consultant. In her role as professional mediator and Circle facilitator, she was also Director of Mediation and Education Programs at the North Baltimore Center of Mosaic Community Services, an affiliate of Sheppard Pratt. She has mediated and served on the board of two U.S. community mediation centers and is currently on the Board and serves with the Circle Restorative Initiatives of MD Ms. Salkowski holds a Master of Science in Emotional Disturbances from Johns Hopkins University, was State certified in Special Education, and is Montessori (AMS) certified for 3-6-, 6-9- and 9–12-year-olds. Ms. Salkowski has also earned 30 beyond in School Psychology and earned over a hundred hours of training in mediation, Circle facilitation, and Conflict Coaching. She is currently the principal consultant of C.J. Consulting and Services which offers processes, practices, and retreats for personal and organizational growth, the resolution of conflict, and the creation of community in the home, school, workplace, and society. Ms. Salkowski has written and developed curriculum in Montessori education, mediation, conflict resolution, and peace education. She has published numerous articles on a variety of topics including peace education, Montessori practice, parenting, mediation, and conflict resolution. She has trained extensive faculties and students in Montessori philosophy and practice, peer mediation, and conflict resolution. Ms. Salkowski has presented at numerous Montessori conferences and other professional organizations nationally and internationally on a number of topics. She was Chair and Co-Chair of the School Accreditation Commission and still serves on the Board of the Montessori International Council,( IMC) the Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI), the Oneness-Family School, and Circle of Restorative Initiatives (CRI).
Claire Salkowski


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