Friends School of Minnesota’s Conflict Resolution Program embodies many qualities that reflect our mission, our values and our progressive educational practice.NAIS Conference

On March 1-2, Alissa Abelson (Jungle Teacher and Conflict Resolution Coordinator) and Sara Wayne (K-8 Spanish teacher and middle school advisor) presented our conflict resolution program at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in Baltimore, Maryland at their annual convention.

The NAIS theme this year was “From Vision to Values: Make Your Mission Matter.” They were thrilled to be selected among hundreds of proposals this year to share our program with a broader community of educators at the convention and to be among 5000 educators from around the country and Canada.

Alissa and Sara’s workshop entitled “Kids in Conflict: Solving Problems in a Digital Era Without the Delete Button” was well-received among the various staff and administrators we met.

The workshop highlighted the conference portion of our program, but convention participants were exposed to the multiple ways our program operates at FSM. Teachers from a PK-12 school in Canada, an academic dean from an all boys school in Massachusetts and a diversity coordinator from San Francisco (among many other participants) all enjoyed the role playing activities and engaging in meaningful dialogue with colleagues.

They heard from participants how impressed they were with the structure and value of our program. Many of the participants learned some strategies for how they can implement some of what we do at FSM into the daily work with students that align with their own school climate, mission and values.