Honing Peacemaking Skills
Helping students develop problem-solving and conflict-management skills will help them grow up as citizens who are able to resolve their disputes without court intervention. The Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) supports the development and expansion of peer mediation and conflict resolution education in schools and universities.
A grants program helps schools throughout the state develop and maintain conflict management programs for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The schools develop team-driven programs that work for their particular school’s needs. MACRO administers the grants program in conjunction with the Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland School of Law (C-DRUM) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).
MACRO also provides support at the county level for system-wide projects involving multiple schools implementing peer mediation, anti-bullying initiatives, conflict resolution training and peacemaking lessons.
At the college level, MACRO supports a wide variety of activities, including academic research, dispute resolution program development, and direct service projects.
MACRO operates a summer internship program for graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in alternative dispute resolution. The interns work collaboratively and also complete independent projects, conduct evaluations, gather lessons learned, assist evaluation efforts, and provide other direct support to MACRO grantees and members of the dispute resolution community. MACRO’s interns also receive mediation training and other professional development opportunities.