Thanks to Cobb EMC grant students at Dowell learn conflict management.
Kelli Beechler, school counselor at Dowell Elementary School, received a Cobb EMC mini-grant to purchase Kelso’s Choice, a conflict management program. Through her annual needs assessment, she learned that her students needed conflict resolution skills. Mrs. Beechler shared, “teachers overwhelmingly indicated a need for students to learn to solve conflicts on their own. 100% of teachers in grades K, 2, 3, 4, and 5 indicated that it was Extremely Important or Very Important for students to learn coping skills when faced with a problem and 72% of teachers in grade 1 agreed. She used this data to support her school’s need for the program in her grant application.
Kelso’s Choice Conflict Management Program is a comprehensive program that gives counselors and teachers tools to teach students in grades K-5 conflict management and cooperation skills. The curriculum is based on the premise that every child is capable of becoming a peacemaker. Designed around Kelso the Frog, an appealing hand puppet, this program offers nine options students can choose from to resolve conflicts. Mrs. Beechler is optimistic about the program’s future success because “counselors will teach Kelso’s Choice lessons in every classroom. We will also put posters in each classroom for students and teachers to use when conflicts arise. Teachers will also incorporate these tools and lesson topics into school-wide morning meeting topics. We will also send home information to parents and teach them about it during a parent night.”
Melisa Marsh, Supervisor
Alexandra Huguelet, Consultant
Contributing Author: Kelli Beechler, School Counselor at Dowell Elementary School