Ferndale School District’s PREPARED! Project will enhance access to pre-kindergarten learning experiences and family-friendly early literacy tools in the Central Elementary School area.
Dumas & Associates, Inc. was selected by Ferndale School District to design and facilitate a collaborative assessment of early learning services and sites with their network of community partners who support pre-kindergarten children and families with a variety of early learning experiences.
Click here to learn more about this new early learning initiative with United Way of Whatcom County aimed at increasing high school graduation rates. Other project partners include Brigid Collins Family Support Center, Ferndale Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Opportunity Council, Whatcom Early Learning Center and Ferndale Public Library.
This is the first time United Way of Whatcom County has taken a leadership role in working with a school district for a targeted project in the community. Dumas & Associates, Inc. and Ferndale School District will prepare an adaptable toolkit outlining the methods, resources, and tools used so other elementary schools within the District, or other Whatcom County communities, can assess their community’s current conditions, identify desired enhancements, define specific actions, and commitments to implement immediate improvements and advance longer-term objectives.
Curious about conflict? Participate in this 2 part interactive workshop focusing on developing personal awareness of how we manage conflict (including our triggers, physiological responses, and conflict strategies) and how to effectively engage with others (including assertive communication and active listening skills). Applicable to home, work, and community – this course is for you!
Spring 2012 Training Dates:
- Wednesday, February 22 and 29, 2012
- Tuesday, May 1 and 8, 2012
Contact Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center (map) 360.676.0122 to register for this public enrollment program.
Mary Dumas presented a case study on preparing citizens for collaboration with government entities at the annual Association for Conflict Resolution Environment & Public Policy Section Conference in Portland, OR.
Mary and Kim Abel, Vice-President of the League of Women Voters of Washington, shared findings from a 2010 civil discourse training program piloted with 80 League members, public officials, and community leaders in Washington State. Conflict resolution professionals provided input on the knowledge, skills and attitudes community members need for effective collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies.
Dumas & Associates, Inc. and the League of Women Voters of Washington will conduct a two-year, program for Leagues and communities across Washington State. For more information about the Preparing Communities for Collaborative Governance – Building Collaborative Competency in Citizens and Organizations presentation at the Association for Conflict Resolution conference, click here.
Mary Dumas was selected along with 35 applicants from 14 countries to participate in the inaugural World Water Diplomacy workshop conducted in 2011 by Tufts University and the Harvard Project on Negotiation.
The interactive, 5-day program, led by faculty from Tufts University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Program on Negotiation, presented a method of water diplomacy that takes science, policy, and politics into account within complex water systems. Designed as a joint learning experience to inform the development of a new PhD discipline, participants brought their experiences working on water issues around the world, and together with faculty, and examined the many features of water systems that cross physical, disciplinary, and jurisdictional boundaries.
Workshop participants gained the skills required to create more adaptive, flexible water networks that address interdisciplinary issues during each phase of problem identification and management design and decision-making, as well as how to teach these network management skills to others. For information about the Water Diplomacy Workshop, click here.
Dumas & Associates, Inc. has worked on local and transboundary water resource issues in the Pacific Northwest for over 15 years. Mary is a dispute resolution professional and trainer in conflict resolution, multi-party negotiations, and citizen engagement for professional associations, certificate and university programs. She guest lectures at the Program on the Environment, University of Washington, Washington AgForesty and other community-based leadership and dispute resolution centers’ mediation certification programs.
engaged citizens book discussion group
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Bright Sided: How positive thinking is undermining America
by Barbara Ehrenich
August – summer break
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The Lonely American: Drifting apart in the twenty-first century
by Jacqueline Olds
Noon-1:30 • Village Books Reading Gallery