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Abstract

Mainstream education movements eventually provide resources for forms of education oriented toward life skills. This article examines a timely convergence: Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) and conflict resolution education (CRE). PBIS is a mainstream educational model for school climate improvement, and CRE is a proven approach to school safety. In addition to exploring the similarities of these two approaches, findings of a school-based research study are reported. Variables examined are perspective taking, empathy, and conflict strategy. The authors conclude that PBIS and CRE are making important contributions and that particular strength may be drawn from their combined implementation.