School Talk in Session

Whether a student, teacher, parent, faculty or staff member, administrator, school board member, volunteer, or taxpayer, schools impact many lives, and probably yours. With so many people having conversations inside and outside of the school about a myriad of issues, it goes without saying that conflict arises. 

In any conflict, it is important to focus on the issue(s) as much as possible. How do you focus on the issues when so many things, often interrelated, are happening at the same time?  

Finding the underlying need or needs tends to be a good first step. It is easy to misinterpret strategies for needs. Many people see a need for learning, and a number of ways (strategies) exist to fulfill that need. In some instances, people believe that only one strategy will work and the organization may only choose one. While that sometimes may be true, other times two solutions may be enacted simultaneously to not only meet the underlying need, but do so more fully. 

Considering all viable options usually helps make more informed decisions. During respectful conversations, people feel heard. This improves the long-standing communication and may create more buy-in to the final decision. 

Mediation supports these important conversations in education by providing a safe space where you may speak your truth, be heard, and create ideas for resolution. 

Sherry Ann Bruckner

Sherry Ann Bruckner

From her twenty-plus years' experience practicing civil and family law, and her own personal experiences with silence and violence, Sherry Ann Bruckner understands how much inner peace impacts outer peace. A graduate of Hamline University's College of Liberal Arts and William Mitchell College of Law, she also studied conflict resolution at Rothberg International School in Jerusalem. Sherry serves as a neutral on matters ranging from bias and employment discrimination to marriage dissolution and caring for aging parents. A speaker and trainer on the global stage, Sherry gives you and your audience practical skills and the confidence to use them. An engaging and authentic speaker, she believes you hold the personal power to create peace. Through helping thousands of people navigate their way through conflict, and finding her own way to inner peace, she shares the transformational power of clarity, compassion, curiosity, and cribbage.

A small-town mediator with a big heart and global mission, Sherry works with leaders and organizations to create peace, resolve conflict, and transform visions into results.

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Sherry Ann Bruckner

Be gentle with you. Be gentle with all. Be the peace.