The Third Side: Additional Resources for Teachers

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Additional Resources for Teachers


  • Teaching Through Actions...Walking in Peace - This is a story of Jewish and Arab Israelis that have begun to walk for peace to demonstate their desire to end conflict in the region.
  • Fishing in Sierra Leone - This is a story of how a person literally taught a man to fish and which allowed him to feed himself and his family for life.
  • Heavy's Transformation - This is a story of how a prison inmate learned that fighting is not the way to solving problems.
  • Respect in Lucknow - This story talks about how a private school in Luchnow teaches its students to accept and respect all religions of the world.
  • Education Towards Tolerance and Against Racism in the Czech Republic - To combat widespread discrimination and racism against Roma, Partners-Czech implemented a program that provided educational aids and conflict resolution techniques to teachers that illustrate the positive aspects of difference and diversity. The Center conducted several trainings and workshops, and produced two publications on tolerance as a result.
  • Anger Management Lessons Decrease Aggression in Kids - This article discusses the violence prevention program known as "Second Step", which has been shown to reduce physically aggressive behavior in second and third graders.
  • Family Group Decision Making Project: Progress in Resolving Violence and Promoting Well-Being - This page offers an overview of the Family Group Decision Making Model developed by the Memorial University of Newfoundland's School of Social Work. This model was designed to assist families in resolving violence (abuse or neglect) and promoting well-being. The model is hands-on and includes the family, extended family, and community in the intervention strategies used. The site also includes a manual that outlines the way to use Family Group Decision Making for professionals and other concerned individuals.
  • Healthy Relationships: A Violence Prevention Curriculum - This article describes the Healthy Relationships curriculum, recently proven effective in decreasing violent behavior in a three-year longitudinal study in seven junior high schools.

Internet Resources

  • Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School - "The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School is an applied research center committed to improving the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution. Put most simply, the Program on Negotiation is working to change the way people, organizations, and nations resolve their disputes-shifting the process from "win-lose" outcomes to "all-gain" solutions." - From Website
  • Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University - Its degrees reflect the mission of the Institute: to advance the understanding and resolution of significant and persistent social conflicts.
  • Association for Conflict Resolution - The Association for Conflict Resolution is a merged organization of the Academy of Family Mediators (AFM), the Conflict Resolution Education Network (CREnet) and the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution. It is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution.
  • University of Colorado Conflict Research Consortium - This organization is dedicated to educating people about conflict and provide different methods of conflict resolution.
  • Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict - This organization was formed to address the looming threat to world peace of intergroup violence and to advance new ideas for the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict. The Commission has examined the principal causes of deadly ethnic, nationalist, and religious conflicts within and between states and the circumstances that foster or deter their outbreak.
  • National Multicultural Institute - NMCI's mission is to increase communication, understanding and respect among people of different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and to provide a forum for discussion of the critical issues of multiculturalism facing our society.
  • United States Institute of Peace - "Through fellowships, grants, and in-house research, the Institute mobilizes the best talent from around the globe to provide policymakers with creative options to prevent, manage, and resolve international conflicts." - From Website
  • Conflict Resolution Resource Center - This website provides access to the Conflict Resolution Resource Center's vast supply of information on the conflict resolution field. Included is information on training, jobs, resources, and articles.
  • National Coalition Building Institute - NCBI trains leaders work together in multicultural teams and empower others to eliminate the harmful effects of institutionalized discrimination, enabling groups from diverse backgrounds to work together toward shared goals.
  • Educators For Social Responsibilities - This organization helps educators create safe, caring, respectful, and productive learning environments. It also help educators work with young people to develop the social skills, emotional competencies, and qualities of character they need to succeed in school and become contributing members of their communities.
  • Education for a Culture of Peace - "..UNESCO and the United Nations have developed a number of standard-setting instruments, declarations and action plans which are widely accepted by the i nternational community and which provide the basic framework for promoting the concept of education for a culture of peace world-wide .." - From Website
  • Jeanne Asherman, "Decreasing Violence Through Conflict Resolution in Schools" - "Research has consistently shown conflict resolution training to be a far more effective means of decreasing violence. This article concludes that schools can not avoid being involved in teaching children methods of conflict resolution and have a responsibility to consciously insure that appropriate methods are being taught." -
  • Growing Communities for Peace - This organization focuses on "serving non-religious organizations involved in Education, Environmentalism, Humanitarian Relief, Fighting Disease, Homeless Issues, Crime Control, Political Freedom, Government Reform, Consumer Protection, Youth Issues, Addiction, and other like-minded, non-legislative causes." - From Website
  • International Network for Tolerance Education - "The network consists of several NGOs, scientists, and, experts from different countries in West and East Europe, Israel, Philippines, South America and the USA. The aim of bringing together this international group was to provide an infrastructure and build a platform for intercultural exchange, projects, and research on issues of tolerance education." - From Website
  • David Hamburg, "Education for Conflict Resolution" - This essay examines ways we can educate ourselves to avoid conflict or peacefully resolve it.

Print Resources

  • Bodine, R. and D. Crawford. (1997) The Handbook on Conflict Resolution Education: A Guide to Building Quality Programs in Schools. San Francisco: Jossey Bass. - This workbook provides an introduction to the basic principles of conflict resolution and its application to school settings. It describes the elements of effective conflict resolution programs and gives an overview of the most popular, effective approaches.
  • Girard, J. and S. Koch. (1996) Conflict Resolution in the Schools: A Manual for Educators. San Francisco: Jossey Bass. - Based on material developed by the National Institute for Dispute Resolution (NIDR) and the former National Association for Mediation in Education (now merged with the NIDR Youth Program), this practical resource guide shows educators how to diagnose conflicts, handle difficult confrontations, and implement appropriate mediation and problem-solving strategies."
  • Godine, R. (1994) Creating the Peaceable School: A Comprehensive Program for Teaching Conflict Resolution. Research Press. - This article hopes to create a school that encorporates ideas of cooperation, tolerance and conflict resolution.
  • Landry, E., D. Kolb, and J. Rubin. (1991) Curriculum for Negotiation and Conflict Management. Cambridge, MA: PON Books. - This provides a curriculum for teachers to have a course on negotiation and conflict management.

Educational Exercises

  • "Taking The Third Side": A Conflict Resolution Game for Youth
  • "Angus Third Side Activity" - The Third Side Conflict Resolution Activity allows students to learn and practice a wide variety of skills and abilities, including public speaking, debate, listening, thinking on one's feet, note-taking, working in groups, questioning, and reflecting. The focus of the activity is on the conflict between Palestine and Israel. Download / View Angus Third Side Activity (PDF)

For More Information

Much of the material on this user guide is drawn from Thanks to William Ury and Joshua Weiss for giving us permission to republish their material here.