Arundel Digest


Chief Judge Bell honored for efforts on conflict resolution

Maryland's chief judge, Robert M. Bell, will receive an award this month from the American Bar Association for "advancing the appropriate use of mediation and other non-adversarial forms of conflict resolution in the court system and in the wider community," the ABA said yesterday.

The award will be presented March 21 in San Antonio.

Bell created a commission in 1998 and then a state office to take nonconfrontational methods of conflict resolution to courts, schools and communities.

8th-graders can apply for advanced curriculum

Anne Arundel eighth-graders soon will receive information about how to apply to the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, an advanced high school curriculum that will be launched at Annapolis and Old Mill high schools this fall.

Pupils will compete for about 100 spots expected to be available at each school, which will serve different parts of the county. This fall, ninth-graders will take pre-IB classes in core subjects, preparing them for the diploma curriculum in grades 11 and 12.

The IB program stresses critical thinking and expression, and its diploma is recognized in more than 110 countries.

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