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Laura Amatulli
Laura Amatulli
(Rochester Hills - United States)

<p>Teaching 8th grade in a middle school in suburban Detroit I have strong interests in Earth Science and leadership. &nbsp;I &nbsp;have been a teacher consultant for our local National Writing Project site, Meadow Brook Writing Project, which keeps me  ...

Partner: Cool School

Part computer game, part educational classroom tool, COOL SCHOOL: Where Peace Rules! is a whimsical interactive game where children, ages five to seven (grades K-2), journey to the fanciful world of Cool School, where everything -- from erasers to desks to books to basketballs -- are alive and full of personality. Here, in a vibrant and fun setting, children are taught invaluable social, communication, and problem-solving skills that promote conflict resolution through negotiation, compromise, cooperation, and reconciliation.

Children learn specific conflict resolution words and phrases that equip them with the tools they need to keep minor disputes from escalating. By teaching children these valuable skills, we hope to move towards a more civil, tolerant, and peaceful society where youth violence is curbed and schools are made safer. “Cool School” evolved from the technology-based youth initiative program at the FMCS, which was a congressionally funded effort to combat school violence and bullying by teaching conflict resolution skills in at-risk schools. Cool School was developed in cooperation with the University of Maryland Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture.

Features of the Classroom Curriculum

  • Created for use with grades K-2
  • Lessons correspond to the Cool School game reinforcing:
    • conflict resolution skills
    • vocabulary used in Cool School
    • character identification
  • Downloadable at no cost

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Download the lessons, user manual, and teacher supplement here.