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Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation

As part of a school wide initiative on educating and assisting students in dealing and handling peer relations and conflict, we have trained a number of students in the mediation process.  Students involved in this process, either as disputants or mediators, learn a new way of handling conflict.  In mediation, the trained students help their classmates identify the problems behind the conflict and assist in finding a solution.  In the mediation process, students are encouraged to move beyond the immediate conflict and learn how to get along with each other.

Steps in the Mediation Process:

 STEP 1:  Mediators Open the Session

  • Disputants are willing to solve the problem
  • Agree to listen without interrupting
  • Agree to show respect for one another

STEP 2:  Gather Information 

  • Mediators listen, paraphrase and clarify all statements that are given for both parties
  • Disputants share their own stories and allow the other party to do the same 

STEP 3:  Focus on Common Interests

  • Mediators determine what each disputant was interested in when the conflict started. 
  • Disputants will  give examples of what they want out of this mediaiton

STEP 4:  Brainstorm Solutions

  • All solutions are presented without judgement

STEP 5:  Choose A Solution

  • Each disputant will nominate ideas or parts of ideas that may work
  • Mediators will get agreement on workable ideas
  • Mediators evalutate all agreed upon on ideas and check to see if they are possible

STEP 6:  Write Agreement and Close

  • Mediators will write up agreement and have diputant sign the agreement

If you feel your child is in need of a mediation with another student, please contact the middle school at 832-4521 and speak with Ms. Loos or Mr. Rand for further information. 

Dover Middle School   2368 Route 22   Dover Plains, NY 12522   Phone: (845) 877-5740   Fax: (845) 877-5749

The Dover Union Free School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  
The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Donna Basting, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Staff Development, and Technology
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1233 

Genie Angelis, High School Principal
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1143

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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