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The ABC's of Parenting,, is devoted to providing web surfers with reviews and ratings of the absolute best websites of interest to families and parents-to-be. All sites listed in the ABC’s of Parenting have been reviewed by the site editors.  4-Star Rating.

ADR Resources - This mediation and dispute resolution resources site contains substantial on-line materials for alternative dispute resolution and mediation.  It is arranged into the following sections: Introductory Mediation EssaysIntermediate Mediation Essays, Mediation Training Programs and Implementing Mediation Centers, Advanced Mediation Topics, Mediation On-Line Newsletter, Tutorial for Mediaiton Related Web Site Design, FAQ -- common questions answered, Mediation books I can recommend, Helping Troubled Kids . This site is by Stephen R. Marsh, a mediator in Dallas, Texas in THE ZISMAN LAW FIRM, P.C. 714 Jackson Street, 200 Renaissance Place, Dallas, Texas 75202; (214) 745-1300 voice; (214) 720-0748 facsimile; e-mail ; 1-800-242-5053; Web site

You can find the collected works of Martin Luther King in a volume entitled A Testament of Hope, edited by James Melvin Washington, published by Harper & Row, 1986. They have recently come out with a paperback version for $23. I have been told that Barnes & Noble has a discount which brings it down to $18.

All of One Peace. Author - Coleman McCarthy. Available from Rutgers University Press 1-800-446-9323

Allow the Water: anger, fear, power, work, sexuality, community - and the spirituality and practice of non-violence by Leonard Desroches. In Canada, at least, it is available in several bookstores or order directly from the publisher, DUNAMIS, 407 Bleeker St., Toronto, ON, M4X 1W2. (416) 975-4897.

American Association for Health Education. Summer Institute (6th-1996 LaCrosse, Wisconsin).  Violence Intervention & Prevention Institute: Proceedings of AAHE's 6th Summer Institute. Reston, Va.: American Association for Health Education, c1997. 92 p.; Website of the Association:

American Association of School Administrators ("AASA") Safe Schools web site .  Lots of good information.

Alternate Dispute Resolution and Mediation Resources - This mediation Resources site contains substantial on-line materials for alternative dispute resolution and mediation. Mediation EssaysMore Mediation Essays, Mediation Centers, Advanced Mediation Topics, & On-Line Mediation Newsletters are all at this site. [Tutorial for web site design] [About this site] [About the author] [FAQ -- mediation questions answered] [Mediation books I can recommend] [What's new]. This site is by Stephen R. Marsh, a mediator in Dallas, Texas.  [5 Star - Must Reading]

Anne Avery's  Basic Library on Peace Education  - online at


"Best Practices of Youth Violence Prevention: A Sourcebook for Community Action."  The sourcebook presents the best-known strategies for reducing youth violence, garnered from individuals working in the field.  The first section of "Best Practices" reviews the general principles of intervention planning, implementation, and evaluation.  The main section details the four key strategies to preventing youth violence: parent and family-based strategies, home visiting, social and conflict resolution skills, and mentoring.  "Best Practices" is available through the SafeUSA Web site,, or through the SafeUSA Clearinghouse, (888) 252-7751, a vehicle for safety-related information and materials.  The SafeUSA Web site provides information about specific safety-related topics and links to related Web sites. The SafeUSA Clearinghouse has information specialists available to answer questions and provide referrals to callers.  It also has taped messages on popular safety topics, free safety publications, and a fax-on-demand service that gives access to several SafeUSA fact sheets in Spanish and English.  SafeUSA is an alliance of organizations dedicated to eliminating unintentional and violent injury and death in America.

I am highly recommending that you go see Bowling For Columbine.  Its a documentary film by Micheal Moore, who is an american activist.  The film is a great demonstration of the attitudes and some of the causes of so much fear and death caused by guns in the US.  I think you should see it and maybe mention it on your website.  I think it is a film that everyone should see, although it is done tastefully some Americans of course may find it a little less amusing than us Canadians.  There was an American girl who went to the movie with us and she didn't appreciate it quite as much as us Canadians...who of course were used as better  examples of the US in terms of having a better living environment.  Did you know that in Canada we have approx 165 deaths per year from guns, while Germany has 255, and Great Britain has only 39.  The US has 11,124!!!!  A good quote from the movie is that "if safety was measured in terms of numbers of guns, the US would be the safest country in the world, but thats not how it works".  He also talks about stereotyps, racism, misconceptions/misinformation, fear and media's association with the problems of violence.  As soon as you get the chance, go see is getting rave reviews.  Here is a site that tells you about the movie - .  Mike Moore's web site is at .  Review courtesy of Robyn Stewart.    Other comparably excellent videos by Michael Moore are: The Big One (about corporations without a conscience) and Roger and Me (also about corporations without a conscience).  Michael also has a two DVD set containing approximately 12 weekly half Hour shows called "The Awful Truth", speaking to a variety of important issues including the Death Penalty.  All 5-Star Must Viewing.

"Boys Will Be Boys: Breaking the Link between Masculinity and Violence". Miedzian, Myriam. Doubleday, 1991. This book provides statistically backed research explaining why 90%+ of our prisons are filled with men, why poor male youth are most likely to be causes or victims of violence, the links between men and war, sports and violence, TV and violence, and generally how our culture currently promotes violence in males. Rating - 5 star

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)grthmbtck.gif (956 bytes) Breaking the Silence: Overcoming the Problem of Principal Mistreatment of Teachers by Joseph Blase and Jo Blase (Professors of Educational Leadership, U. of Georgia).  Recognize destructive behavior and cultivate constructive support! The detrimental effect of abusive principal behavior not only deteriorates teacher morale and performance, but also erodes school effectiveness, student learning, and quality of life for everyone involved. Unfortunately, this type of mistreatment—with its devastating implications—has largely been ignored and treated as a taboo subject. In this groundbreaking book, Blase and Blase begin the critical dialogue about abuse by exposing the various manifestations of mistreatment, and offering practical solutions for its prevention and correction. The invaluable information presented is based on findings from the first-of-its-kind study conducted by the authors, in which they interviewed elementary, middle/junior high, and high school teachers from rural, suburban, and urban areas across the United States and Canada. The text masterfully provides the tools necessary to identify destructive behavior and raises awareness of this common phenomenon in order to break the cycle of abuse. It is the crucial first step toward preventing further mistreatment and fostering teacher development, student achievement, and school improvement. Key features include: Real-life examples and testimonials; Specific forms and indicators of mistreatment, categorized into three levels; Detailed description of the effects on schools and teachers, professionally and personally; Solutions for overcoming this problem, including six survival skills, "Bullyproofing," "Bullybusting," and other individual, organizational, and legal resolutions.  For more information: ; ISBN: 0761977724

Buddhist Peacework: Creating Cultures of Peace - This collection of essays by 18 well-known Buddhist leaders is a response to a 1994 UNESCO Declaration on the Role of Religions in the Promotion of a Culture of Peace. Their essays describe the grassroots activities for peace being carried out by Buddhist communities around the world. It's very timely as we enter the year and decade for the Culture of Peace. The book includes an analytical introduction and conclusion by editor David W. Chappell (University of Hawaii), and a background on UNESCO's work on Religions and Cultures of Peace by Janusz Symonides, director of UNESCO's Department of Peace, Human Rights, Democracy, and Tolerance.  Boston Research Center for the 21st Century; 396 Harvard Street; Cambridge, MA 02138 Tel: (617) 491-1090; Fax: (617) 491-1169

Building a Safer Canada: A Community-based Crime Prevention Manual - Canadians want to live in safe communities. Since crime can have such a serious impact on our quality of life, crime reduction is a major priority of the Department of Justice. The Department is committed to a strategy of preventing crime before it takes place. The key to this strategy is community involvement. Because the sources of crime and other social problems lie in the community, only communities can solve these problems. The purpose of this manual is to support community action by providing the information necessary for groups to take a leadership role in ensuring public safety. The manual will be useful for a wide range of people, from members of community groups to crime prevention practitioners. 5 Star - Must Reading. View full manual at

Building Foundations for Safe and Caring Schools: Research on Disruptive Behaviour and Violence
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Cost: $ 29.95
Contact: Duval House Publishing
Address: 18120-102 Ave .Edmonton, AB T5S 1S7
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Comments: This book reports the results of research by researchers at the Universities of Lethbridge, Calgary and Alberta on disruptive behaviour and violence in Alberta schools. This research focuses on:
1) The nature and extent of violent and serious learning disruptive behaviour;
2) The perspectives of principals, teachers and children for understanding this type of behaviour;
3) Programs and policies for dealing with this behaviour.
The book also includes a chapter on an environmental scan of resources in Alberta for dealing with serious learning disruptive behaviour.

Bully-Proofing Your School by Carla Garrity, Kathryn Jens, William Porter, Nancy Sager, and Cam Short-Camilli.  Order by telephone 1-800-547-6747; cost US$29.95

Bully-Proofing Your School : A Comprehensive Approach for Elementary Schools - In the spring of 1999, one week after two students went on a deadly rampage at a high school in Colorado, a similar attack struck Taber, Alberta Canada.  A 14-year-old boy opened fire inside W.R. Myers High School. One student was killed, another was wounded. (Details from CBC News)  Within hours after the shooting, stories began to emerge of the relentless bullying the accused had previously endured. (More details from the Calgary Herald). is our attempt to help young people help each other.  The main graphics and HTML for this site were created by students Janeve Everett and Zoe Brown as a part of the Community NET-Workers class at Banded Peak School.   The help links were researched and some writing was contributed by the peeer support group at Banded Peak School.   The project was originally conceived of and is facilitated by teacher William is a project of IEARN-Canada.  The students that have helped develop the project wanted to use the power of the Internet to let their peers know that young people dealing with the issues of bullying and teasing "Are NOT alone. That being bullied and teased is NOT their fault and that they CAN do something about it!" a project for kids by kids. Youth can contribute their personal reflections, poems,  music, drawings, photographs, and even films.  If you are an adult working with kids, a school, a school board or other organization that has already developed resources, programs and expertise about the issues relating to bullying and teasing, please contact us so that we may list this your information to let others know where they can go for help or support on our "Help" page.  Please share this site with others whom you think will benefit from it.  The site is only just beginning, but we anticipate it growing VERY rapidly as the issue is so universal, so pervasive and the needs are so great.Bullying and Victimization:  The Problems and Solutions for School-aged Children
L'intimidation et la victimisation:  Problems et solutions a l'intention des enfants d'age scolaire  (Document from the National Crime Prevention Council of Canada.) 

Bullying, a survival guide contains guidelines for dealing with all aspects of bullying from school to work.

Campus Conflict Resolution Resources, web site address is - We believe that children become more caring and competent when their teacher is more caring.  Our website is dedicated to help teachers better understand what caring is and how to foster its growth.  It is an excellent web site, with lots of good articles and ideas.  Please visit .  Marty Kirschen,   co-editor,

CATALOGS FOR PEACE EDUCATION CURRICULA - Educators for Social Responsibility continues to publish a resource catalog.  For the Spring 2000 catalog phone 1-800-370-2515 or access the catalog on their website at <>.  Other catalogs are available from Research Press (1-800-519-2707 and at < and on-line from the Conflict Resolution Network in Australia at <>. Web guide to the rapidly growing profession of social entrepreneurship. provides resources, inspiring ideas and opportunities for social entrepreneurs and those interested in learning more about innovative social change. Web site

Childline operates a web site that addresses bullying and how to beat it at

THE CHILDREN'S DEFENSE FUND's WEBSITE FOR YOUTH VIOLENCE RESOURCES: Escalating violence against and by children and youths is no coincidence.  It is the manifestation of a range of serious and too-long neglected problems.  Factors such as poverty, economic inequality, racial intolerance , drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, violent images in our popular culture, and the availability of deadly firearms all contribute to the prevalence of violence in our communities. Whether you are a school administrator, a parent, a minister, or a community leader, there are steps you can take to understand, identify and prevent youth violence.  To learn more about what you can do, go to

City of Edmonton - Safer Cities Initiatives includes children and youth, family violence, safe housing, young adult employment, urban design and prostitution. The Initiative focuses on crime prevention through social development.

City of Toronto Interim Report of Toronto's Task Force on Community Safety

City of Vancouver - This web site presents crime prevention and community resource information for citizens of Vancouver, British Columbia. It is maintained by the Joyce Station Area Planning Association in association with Simon Fraser University.

City of Winnipeg - Opportunities and Challenges - Key: Violent Street Crime Issue

City of Vancouver - Mayor’s Initiative on Crime and Safety The Urban Safety Commission & Urban Safety Coalition.  It is estimated that 70 to 90% of crime in Canada is related to drug and alcohol abuse.

Community of Caring works to implement and encourage five values--caring, responsibility, respect, trust, and family--in our nation's schools. By doing so, we address destructive attitudes that lead to early sexual involvement, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, and dropping out of school. Through a total community approach, this program creates a caring, respectful, school environment that supports students as they develop positive values.  Mail: Community of Caring, 1325 G. Street NW, Washington, DC 20005.  Phone:(202) 393-1251, Fax:(202) 824-0351, Email:   Visit the web site at

Community of the Future. The Drucker Foundation. Brings together such leading thinkers as James L. Barksdale, Stephen R. Covey, Arun Gandhi, Margaret J. Wheatley, Elie Wiesel, and many others to provide insight into the powerful notion of community. Their new, never-before-published essays explore what is important about our communities today and how they will look tomorrow - how we will live, work, communicate and govern ourselves. This collection from the world's top thinkers shows us the challenges we face in building the communities of the future and what we can do today to prepare. Available from The Peter F.Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, 320 Park Avenue, Third Floor, New York, NY 10022-6839, Telephone 212-224-1174, fax 212-224-2508, email:, Web: Rating - 5 Star.

The Community Tool Box   is the web site created and maintained by the University of Kansas Work Group on Health Promotion and Community Development in Lawrence, KS, and AHEC/Community Partners in Amherst, Massachusetts. The site has been on line since 1995, and it continues to grow on a weekly basis.  Currently, the core of the Tool Box is the " how-to tools." These how-to sections use simple, friendly language to explain how to do the different tasks necessary for community health and development. For instance, there are sections on leadership, strategic planning, community assessment, advocacy, grant writing, and evaluation to give just a few examples. Each section includes a description of the task, advantages of doing it, step-by-step guidelines, examples, checklists of points to review, and training materials.  Additionally, you will find links to hundreds of other helpful web pages and listservs in areas such as funding, health, education, and community issues. A problem solving guide provides aid in troubleshooting, and a community grant application provides support in preparing requests for funders. You can also purchase materials created by team members in our General Store. Finally, some of our partners have home pages on the Community Tool Box.

Conflict Management in Higher Education Report has just been posted online and is now available for viewing. Go to

Conflict Resolution in Schools - In March the European Centre for Conflict Prevention organised an international seminar on Conflict Resolution in Schools in the Netherlands. Participants from UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, Israel, Northern Ireland, Macedonia, Germany, Belgium and Norway came together to exchange information and experience with conflict resolution programmes and approaches in educational settings. Click here for the summary of findings, including recommendations. The report of the seminar is available in PdF format . Download the Acrobat Reader for free if you do not have Acrobat Reader.

An extensive "Conflict Resolution Education Research and Evaluation Bibliography" compiled by Marsha S. Blakeway is available at <>.  This second edition has 250 additional entries compared to the first edition that is still on the CREnet website .  If you have suggestions for additional entries, please give them to Marsha at <> or 608 Fifth St., NE, Washington, D.C. 20002.

The Conflict Resolution Information Source - A collaborative effort  to strengthen the conflict resolution field's information infrastructure funded by the Hewlett Foundation.  The Conflict Resolution Information Source (CRInfo) is a cooperative effort to strengthen the conflict field's information infrastructure. Starting from an initial core of 22 participants, we expect involvement in CRInfo to expand considerably as work progresses. The project is based upon four key assumptions: 1. Improving the flow of ideas among researchers, educators, trainers, practitioners, and disputants would contribute greatly to efforts to advance the conflict resolution field. 2. More than most scientific and technical fields, the success of efforts to improve conflict processes requires that new insights be disseminated very broadly--to intermediaries and disputants at the grassroots level. 3. The World-Wide-Web is creating opportunities for dramatically improving the communication capabilities of the field's information infrastructure. 4. Although the number of conflict-related web sites is large and constantly growing, better coordination of these efforts can substantially reduce costs, improve quality, fill information gaps, and make key material much easier for the field's many constituents to find and use. The focus of the CRInfo project thus goes beyond the establishment of individual web sites by people and organizations working in the field. Instead, our focus is on two major categories of "next generation" web projects. In the first category, CRInfo would assemble and publish (on the web) three information resource catalogs-one for existing web-based resources of value, a second on classic and new print-based resources, and a third on networking information about individuals and organizations working in the field. Complementing these catalogs will be a series of tools designed to help users search for and retrieve information on specific topics and related tools for limiting the "information overload" problem. Contact: Guy Burgess or Heidi Burgess, Project Directors, Co-Directors, Conflict Research Consortium, University of Colorado, Campus Box 580, Boulder, CO 80309-0580, Phone: (303) 492-1635, Fax: (303) 492-2154, Email:   Web site

CONFLICT RESOLUTION EDUCATION RESEARCH AND EVALUATION: SYNOPSIS AND BIBLIOGRAPHY.  By Marsha Blakeway and Daniel M. Kmitta; July 1999; Inventory Code #337; $20.00.  For those interested in school peer mediation and conflict resolution programs, this is a 1998 publication from CRENet, a program of the National Institute on Dispute Resolution.  It is an annotated bibliography of various studies and reports evaluating conflict resolution programs. It appears to focus on K-12 efforts.  Not all entries have a synopsis or annotation, but most do. At the least, it is a very valuable resource to have a large listing of various efforts to answer the question: Do these programs work?  For more information:  or

Conflict Resolution in the High School by Carol Miller Lieber with Linda Lantieri and Tom Roderick.  Available from Educators for Social Responsibility, Cambridge, MA.   

Conflict Resolution Journal online at Featuring original articles on conflict resolution in academia and in practice, cutting-edge research projects, compelling op-eds, and links to online resources with contributions from students and faculty from Columbia University and other academic institutions.  For more information on getting involved with the Conflict Resolution Journal or making submissions, please contact Bridget Moix at or Jeffrey Henigson at

Conflict Resolution Resource Center

Conflict Resolution Training Opportunities in Canada, David Last, who has developed conflict resolution programs for the Canadian Forces, both in Bosnia and at the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, presents an overview of courses in conflict resolution and mediation in the Peace Magazine (Jan/Feb 99 issue).

Creating Safer Communities: An Introduction to Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) for architects, planners and builders - Research has shown that the proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in both the opportunity for crime and fear of crime. Through their involvement in design and construction, architects, planners and builders can influence the creation of safer neighbourhoods and communities. This pamphlet provides a general overview of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) for professionals who work in urban design development and related areas. It is not meant to be an exhaustive analysis or a checklist.

Crime and Safety in Calgary, Alberta - Research report prepared by City of Calgary Community and Social Development Department

Crossing the Line: Violence and Sexual Assault in Canada's National Sport, Laura Robinson; ISBN 0-7710-7560-X; McClelland & Stewart Inc.   The World of Junior and Professional Hockey changed forever when ex-Boston Bruins player Sheldon Kennedy revealed that as a junior player he was molested more than three hundred times by his coach, Graham James.  Kennedy's announcement, and the subsequent conviction of James, prompted countless others to come forward with similar stories.   And as the tales of abuse unfolded, Canada continued its decline in international hockey.  There is clearly something wrong with our national sport.  Laura Robinson takes an unflinching look at the abuse in junior hockey, the breeding ground for the NHL.  She explains how this great sport has gone so bad, and challenges the world of hockey to rethink the game and consider ways to fix it.  Contents: 1. Memorial Cup Celebrations: Jarret Reid and the Sault Greyhounds; 2. Young Gods: A Convicted Felon Makes the All-Star Team; 3. Analysing the Game: The Culture of the Hockey Arena, Inside and Out; 4. Baptizing a Hawk: Initiations in Junior Hockey; 5. When You Know You Just Have to Score: A Game Only the Boys Can Win; 6. The Empty Net, Part One: How the CHL Fails Young Women; 7. The Empty Net, Part Two: How the CHL Fails Young Men; 8. Covering Up in Swift Current: Everybody knew about it.  Nobody did anything.; 9. Changing the Line-Up: How Can Canadians Reclaim their National Sport?; Appendix A: Criminal Convictions and Sanctions; Appendix B: List of Incidents Compiled by the CHA's Director of Rules and Regulations.