Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education A Collaboration between Cleveland State University, Temple University, Kent State University, West Chester University and the Ohio Commission for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management.
CRETE Mission • CRETE works with higher education faculty, instructors, field supervisors, and school-based mentor teachers and counselors to infuse conflict education into their existing coursework and future educators’ field experiences to provide pre-service teachers and counselors critical skills in conflict education and classroom management.
CRE Addresses Two Crises in Contemporary Urban Education • Unsafe Learning Environments • CDC survey indicate 9-10% of students regularly miss school because of fear from unsafe learning environments • 10% of students drop out of school because of persistent bullying • Teacher Attrition • 1/3 of new teachers leave in five years • 1/2 of new teachers in urban environments leave within 5 years • One of main reasons cited is inability to manage chaotic and conflict-ridden classrooms
CRETE Goals • (1) To help higher education faculty infuse conflict resolution education into their existing courses for pre-service education and counseling majors. • (2) To develop a training program in CRE for delivery to pre-service education and counseling majors outside the higher education course delivery system. • (3) To educate school-based teaching and counseling mentors in CRE and its application in classrooms and schools. • (4) To evaluate the impact of CRETE onteacher success in classroom management, establishing positive classroom climate, teacher satisfaction, teacher retention.