Nonviolent Communication is a language and process that encourages compassion, connection, and understanding. Developed by Marshall B.Rosenberg, Ph.D., anyone can use the process to resolve and prevent conflicts between people or address challenging situations. Practicing nonviolent communication endows students with rich experiences that foster empathy, patience, and self-awareness. If students are particularly interested in the topic, they may complete a year-long certification program to become espacio a Mediators.
When conflicts arise within the community, the people involved in the dispute are asked to have a verbal dialogue which they may choose to do independently or with a mediator.
If this verbal dialogue does not lead to a resolution, Mediation is the next step. Student Mediators conduct mediations. However, teachers are always present during mediations, supporting the developing problem-solving skills of the students.
The Discipline Committee springs into action when students cannot resolve a conflict in mediation, a particular conflict with the same group of students is repeated, or a conflict threatens a student's or the community’s safety. This committee includes the director, the head of disciplinary action, parents (if needed), teachers (if involved), students’ advisors, and the students. The committee intervenes to determine a just and equitable course of action.