Addressing the Spectrum of Human Conflict in K-12 Schools

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Here’s a common refrain among teachers and administrators …

“Keep calm and be effective in the midst of conflict? Why wasn’t I taught that in school?”

Discover how to maintain a safe and effective school environment and, in the process, contribute to the rebuilding of schools in Moore, Oklahoma

Dear Educator,

The challenge of maintaining a safe and effective school environment is more complex — and more personally and professionally consuming — than ever before.

Respect is a vanishing virtue. Bullying knows no boundaries. Lines of communication are breaking down between and among students and staff. Schools must dedicate increasing levels of resources toward security.

On top of these internal struggles, agitated and stressed-out parents confront teachers and administrators and target their anger directly at them. These constant hazards take a toll on morale within the building.

In the face of these distractions, teacher efficacy declines — along with student achievement.

All of this leaves school leaders searching for answers before these problems spiral out of control.

Arriving at a solution has been elusive, to say the least. There are seemingly too many complex situations to confront them all. Sure there are programs that address classroom and behavior management, anti-bullying and school security, but each program can cost hundreds of dollars and may only focus on one problem. Many administrators have concluded that targeted programming is not efficient, easy to implement or cost-effective.

An integrated approach to emotional and personal safety

Stock PhotoIt is clear something must be done. Teachers witness and experience conflict day-in and day-out throughout the school; in their classrooms, in the halls, the cafeteria, the front office — and even in the faculty lounge.

Similarly, administrators find themselves in the eye of the storm, tasked with mediating, calming and administering consequences for a situation all at once.

Ask any educator and you’ll hear them say that remaining calm and being effective in the midst of conflict wasn’t something that was taught to them in school.

That’s because there has never been a systemized approach to handling conflict or stress in the school. Yet more than anything, what schools need is a framework for recognizing, interpreting, and intervening in these situations.

In other words, educators must understand how to:

  • Recognize the conditions, or triggers, that lead to stress
  • Interpret these signs (which are sometimes as faint as a whispered word) as hazardous
  • Feel engaged enough to intervene
  • Assess their intervention options
  • Respond in a way that is physically and emotionally safe and appropriate

Teachers must first be able to apply these skills in a non-escalatory environment that is free from the threat of conflict. Possessing effective speaking and listening skills will help teachers recognize when a conflict might occur and resolve the issue through verbal interactions alone before it develops any further.

When conflict does arise, teachers must also understand the principles of de-escalation, how to block verbal attacks, deflect anger and build listening skills that allow the other person to say what they really intended to say.

Finally, at those times when words alone fail, it is imperative that teachers know how to effectively respond to danger and keep themselves and their students safe in moments of crisis. This can be achieved by recognizing potentially dangerous situations and providing them with effective defensive safety skills to avoid harm.

What can be done?

Clearly, teachers must posses the skills to successfully manage conflict throughout the school, maintain physical and emotional safety and have a proven and consistent method by which this can be accomplished.

V-School, the leader in addressing the spectrum of conflict in K-12 schools, seeks to help teachers in this regard with an innovative new program called Emotional and Personal Safety in the Classroom.

It is an online training program – resulting from collaboration of a nationwide team of consultants with backgrounds in education and public safety, each of them with front-line experience as first responders in critical situations.

With this 11 module program, teachers will be able to:

  1. Become more effective communicators while under stress
  2. Build the physical and non-verbal qualities that are characteristics of confidence
  3. Create strategies for understanding and addressing the requirements of special needs students
  4. Recognize and stop the behaviors that lead up to bullying before it progresses any further
  5. Get bystanders to intervene situations that are clearly inappropriate
  6. Rely on coaches, mentors and school staff to have a unified approach in managing conflict
  7. Identify the areas in and around the school that are potential danger zones
  8. Defend themselves against physical harm and safely intervene in a confrontation
  9. Prevent violence in the classroom
  10. Manage crisis situations through the use of effective training drills
  11. Understand the role of the School Resource Officer to maximize their effectiveness

Each module includes an audio interview with one of our subject matter experts, a transcription of the audio that you can follow along with or use as a reference guide and a workbook that encourages both guided discovery and group participation.

A better approach to teacher training

smallWith this methodology, teachers can continue to do what makes them great educators, but with the added confidence of knowing that they have the skills to manage any situation that may arise.

And while this program is new to the education community, the principles behind Emotional and Personal Safety in the Classroom have already been taught to over 1 million people worldwide and are the subject of four books with over 300,000 copies sold.

Professionals in business, healthcare, public safety and government are using the principles taught in this program to reduce conflict in their workplaces.

The approach taken by Emotional and Personal Safety in the Classroom has already been proven effective in many diverse applications. Now you can benefit from this valuable system as well.

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Already at work

Emotional and Personal Safety in the Classroom is already making a difference in the way teachers address conflict.

Danielle Shryock is a middle school teacher from Brookfield, Wisconsin who understands the challenge of managing a classroom.

“Once things start to fall apart, many students shut down. Some students get overbearing.” Reflecting upon her own experiences, she continued: “Sometimes I didn’t know what to say. I felt very ill-equipped.”

Then, with the help of this methodology, Danielle was able to develop a framework for effective communication that not only allowed her to be prepared for handling conflict, but also changed the way her classroom functions.

“Because I use the same phrases over and over as deflectors, and I use verbal resistance skills, my students end up parroting me, and I can hear my own words. They learn to manage each other.”

Through the use of the methods taught in Emotional and Personal Safety in the Classroom, Danielle has a system in place for dealing with the situations that used to derail her classes.

And because her students were exposed to a consistent approach in managing the problem, they picked up on it and, under her capable guidance, began resolving issues on their own.

Learn from the experts

The education and public safety consultants who participated in the development of this program are all nationally recognized experts who receive thousands of dollars a day when they do live training programs. Here are just a few examples of the program’s experts:

  • Chan Lee – Chan trains 1,500 martial arts students in the metro Milwaukee area and has carved out a national niche for his ability to work with youth on anti-bullying strategies and confidence-building skills. He was seen as a celebrity coach on the MTV show, MADE.
  • Bill Singleton – Bill is a community services officer for the Milwaukee Police Department and helped develop the international award-winning Students Talking it Over with Police (STOP) program which aims to cultivate positive relationships by decreasing unstable initial interactions.
  • Jill Weisensel – Jill has developed bystander intervention programming for bullying and sexual violence prevention, with a particular focus on threat assessment and bystander mobilization. She also manages and directs shift patrol operations within an urban campus environment.
  • Dave Young – Dave is recognized as one of the nation’s leading personal safety and tactical-defense instructors. His training programs combine a unique blend of physical expertise, teaching know-how and a hands-on approach to training for the general public —including parents, students, educators, martial artists and executives.
  • Joel Lashley – Joel has trained nursing, clinical, social work, psychiatric, education, law enforcement and other professionals in the management of clients in crisis. He also co-developed a program for managing the challenging behaviors of those with autism and other cognitive
  • Harry Dolan – Harry is a 32 year police veteran who retired as Chief of Police in Raleigh North Carolina. He now lectures throughout the country on leadership and communication skill building. His considerable experience in law enforcement has provided him with the tools necessary to remain effective when things go wrong.

Before V-School brought this diverse group of experts together, accessing their expertise on an individual basis would not have been affordable.However, due to the unique approach taken to put this program together and its online delivery, we’re able to offer Emotional and Personal Safety in the Classroom at an introductory price of just $199.00.

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For that price you get online access to the complete program with all 11 modules, each of which includes: a 45 minute audio interview with a subject matter expert, a transcription of the interview and a workbook to make the lessons more interactive.

Free Bonuses

Also, you’ll receive these free bonuses with the program:

  • The Manage Bullying Toolkit dedicated to giving parents and educators a plan to help children from being bullied, or if it’s already happening, how to make it STOP. The Manage Bully Toolkit contains two videos, a transcript of the videos, a parent workbook and a research paper entitled Understanding Bullying that provides an overview of the bullying problem.
  • An anti-bullying curriculum guide for teachers to lead their classes in performing interactive anti-bullying exercises that are designed for students grades K-8. This is the same curriculum that’s being used in hundreds of martial arts schools throughout the world to help their students become “bully-proof.”
  • A voucher for $50 off the ticket price to attend the Beyond Conflict 2013 national conference being held November 7th-10th in Milwaukee, WI. Beyond Conflict 2013 focuses on how to improve communication skills, gain voluntary cooperation and treat everyone with dignity. (Teachers, you might be interested to learn there will be a full day of training dedicated to school and youth issues). To learn more about this conference, click here.

Our Guaranty

You can even try the program risk-free for 90 days.

If for any reason the program does not meet your expectations, simply contact us within 90 days of ordering and we will send you a refund for the full purchase price. The Manage Bullying Toolkit, curriculum guide and $50 voucher for Beyond Conflict 2013 are your gifts to keep.

How To Order

To place your order just click on the Enroll Now button below (or above). Once your credit card is processed, you will get an email that gives you the codes to access the program.

How you respond to an incident plays a big role in determining the outcome so preparation is essential.

Emotional and Personal Safety in the Classroom is the only program that can prepare teachers to handle all forms of conflict and remain safe in the process.

“Don’t live in a world where you believe it won’t happen to you. Live in a world that when it does, you’ll be ready to respond to it.” says safety expert Dave Young. “There’s nothing worse than trying to figure out what to do during a real incident.”

You have the power to make a positive impact in your school by bringing about a change in the way conflicts are resolved and by being prepared to alleviate any situation. Log on to right now to begin.

Rebuild The Schools In Moore Oklahoma

P.S.  Now for a limited time, $50 from every purchase of Emotional and Personal Safety in the Classroom will go towards funding the rebuilding of schools in Moore, Oklahoma that were destroyed by the deadly tornado that struck on May 20th. You can improve your school and help students in Oklahoma get back to classes sooner.

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