The Take Ten program that I direct is a restorative practice in which we teach conflict resolution skills. We offer a traditional curriculum as well as a method of teaching our curriculum in Circles.
In addition, I and a few trained volunteers keep Peacemaking Circles, per se, at some of our participating schools and some other locations, including a re-entry center run by the Dept. of Corrections where we work with adult male inmates.
I have experience teaching conflict resolution in Circle, teaching my college seminar in Circle, and using LJP publications’ Circle lessons in multiple contexts.
Ellen Williams is the director of the Take Ten program; Take Ten is a research-based curriculum which teaches students how to address potential violence, bullying and conflict resolution. A former family law attorney and community college instructor, she turned to social service administration approximately 15 years ago. She now works at the University of Notre Dame, administering Take Ten, working on issues of restorative justice, and teaching a youth and violence seminar. She is actively involved in community-based research in the form of the annual evaluation of the Take Ten program and its effectiveness on local students in grades 3-8. I am a concurrent faculty member at the University of Notre Dame, an adjunct professor at Bethel College, and at Holy Cross College.
Ellen also serves on the Advisory Board for Bethel College’s Communications Department, is the past President of the Board of Prevent Child Abuse St. Joseph County, and is active in issues regarding children and education. She gives trainings and presentations at the local, state, national and international levels, working with children, college students and adults. She holds a B.A. from Ohio University in Political Science and Sociology and a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law.