School Board Launches First Phase of
Culture of Peace and Nonviolence


November 27, 2000
For Immediate Release
Contact: Suzanne Matthews
Fax: 305-995-2722

The Miami-Dade County School Board has launched the first phase of a plan to create "a culture of peace and nonviolence in the district's schools."

As proposed by Board Member Robert B. lngram, chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute of Nonviolence, the program will be implemented under the umbrella of Project PROUD.

PROUD, an acronym for Peacefully Resolving Our Unsettled Differences, was begun during the 1992-93 school year. An evaluation of the program showed that 80 percent of conflicts among the district's students were resolved after peer mediation. Another of its successful activities is workshops for parents. Nearly all participating parents state that they will use their newly acquired techniques at home and will recommend the workshop for other parents.

A key element of the first phase of the new plan is to expand the scope of PROUD to include violence intervention and prevention.

To contact Dr. Ingram, please call 305-995-1340 or e-mail