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Mediation

The Montezuma Elementary School Mediation Program provides a means of non-violent conflict resolution for students and staff to be used for disputes that arise in the school setting. Staff and students (and parents, if possible) are trained as mediators who act as third party neutrals to help disputants reach agreements that are mutually satisfactory. Mediation is a voluntary process; the mediator does not find fault or punish or decide outcomes, but helps parties reach agreements that will allow them to continue their relationship.


Students learn new skills in managing anger and conflict, and practice these skills by direct participation in the mediation process. The program also seeks to improve the environment of the school setting by helping students and staff to address and solve the underlying conflicts that often cause rule infractions. The use of mediation can reduce the number of disputes that become violent or hurtful and reduce the amount of staff time spent on discipline. Through the use of mediation and conflict resolution curriculum, students learn life-long communication and problem solving skills.