This Package 1A contains the teacher's manual that is designed to accompany Package 1. Melinda J. Branscomb and Sue Ann Allen, An Interest-based Mediation - TEACHER'S AND TRAINER'S MANUAL (2010) (www.MediationTrainingResources.com) The TEACHER'S MANUAL contains a complete transcript of the film, as well as explanations about the mediation process and the mediator's goals, techniques and objectives in each stage of the film. The Manual contains all screen shots, or bullet points that highlight and summarize key concepts. It includes classroom learning objectives, and it provides informative background about the range of mediator styles and approaches. A caucus exercise enables students to identify precise moments in the mediation at which the mediator used certain techniques to accomplish specific goals. Further expanding on some of the points touched on in the film, additional text box notes in the Teacher's Manual provide the teacher with a fertile source of questions for lively classroom discussion, such as: Why aren't the lawyers present?; What is the difference between the mediation process and shuttle negotiation?; What are these parties' underlying interests?; and so forth. The Teacher's Manual's chapters correspond to the chapters in the film, which in turn, chronologically track the stages of mediation, making the book particularly user-friendly. Both the Teacher's Manual and the Student Handbook include a transcript of the film's narration, the screen shot summaries of key points, the caucus exercise, the learning objectives, and the background information about the range of mediator styles and approaches. However, the Student Handbook does not include the transcript of the mediation session; the details about the film found in the teacher's "Welcome" section; suggestions for using the written and audio-visual materials; or the text box notes that elaborate on points in the film for the teacher's use in classroom discussion.
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MELINDA J. BRANSCOMB is a tenured professor at the Seattle University School of Law, teaching courses in mediation, arbitration, collaborative law, negotiation, torts, and labor and employment law. First trained as a mediator in 1989, she serves as a Special Education Mediator for the Washington public schools. She has mediated disputes for the Dispute Resolution Centers of King, Thurston, and Pierce Counties, served as mentor-mediator in two mediator-training programs, and taught problem-solving and negotiation courses in Guatemala and Brazil. The Seattle University law student teams she has coached in ABA mediation, client counseling, and negotiation competitions consistently have won top honors regionally and nationally. Prof. Branscomb received her B.A. at Vanderbilt University, cum laude, in 1972. She received her J.D. from the University of Tennessee School of Law in 1980 (Coif, first in class), where she was honored by the law faculty with a rare commendation for "Extraordinary Academic Achievement." Prior to entering law teaching in 1989, she clerked for the Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Tennessee, and practiced labor and employment law. SUE ANN ALLEN has twenty years experience as the Training Director for the Dispute Resolution Center of King County. In that capacity, she develops training programs and oversees the training of volunteer court and community mediators. She has been a mediator since 1984, taking basic and advanced mediation training through Antioch University, Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program, Snohomish County Dispute Resolution Center, Catholic Community Services, and San Francisco Community Boards. She has served as a mediator for a wide variety of disputes in the work place, special education, faith-based groups, and the community. She has lived and worked in Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as in diverse communities in the U.S. She has been selected as one of five trainers for a national collaborative effort to develop and conduct training through the National Association for Community Mediation. She is one of a small cadre of trainers and mediators for a national conflict resolution team for a faith-based, peacemaking initiative of the Community of Christ. Ms. Allen holds an undergraduate degree in secondary education from Central Michigan University and a graduate degree in community development from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
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