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This activity addresses module outcome 1. Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • MO1: Develop a succinct written agreement based on the mediation session. (CO1,5)

Discussion: You are at the resolution state of the mediation and ready to write an agreement for the parties. You should include the party’s names and date of the mediation. Assume that the mediation was for a newly separated couple who are trying to resolve the sole issue of a child parenting schedule for the parents to share time with their 6-year-old child, Jane, who is entering 1st grade this year. The parents now live in different apartments, but are in the same complex, and will exchange the child in the lobby of the apartment building. They agree to the following schedule:

  • One week on and one week off with the child.
  • On their off-week, the child will have dinner with the off-parent from 4 to 6 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • The exchange of the child for the week will be on Sundays at 4 PM.
  • When summer vacation starts, each parent will be able to have two of their weeks with the child, uninterrupted by the other parent’s weekly off-parent dinners.
  • The parents agree to share time with the child, Jane, during holidays by agreement one week prior to each holiday.
  • For Jane’s birthday, the parents agree to allow the parent that has her per the agreed schedule to have her for the whole day and the other parent to have Jane on the following day for an extended dinner visit (from 4PM to 8PM) unless the day following Jane’s birthday falls on a Saturday, then there is no need for changing the weekly schedule.

For your initial post, take this resolution and write an agreement for the close of this mediation.

Please do not write out a calendar.

Using the tips provided in the module notes on an effective closing agreement, make sure your closing agreement can be understood by anyone reading the agreement.

In your responses to your fellow students, highlight the strengths of the agreement, as well as make suggestions for clarity and detail.

Post your primary response by Friday, 11:59 pm EST. Read any postings already provided by your instructor or fellow students. Read and provide a substantive response to the conclusions drawn by at least two of your classmates by Sunday, 11:59 pm EST. Remember to read the feedback to your own major postings and reply to it throughout the module.

As you will see in the rubric, to maximize your points on the discussions, you should make sure you adhere to the following:

  • Consistently synthesize and tie in specific, relevant information and examples from course materials, and from own experiences or current events, to support ideas.
  • Frequently make comments that build on what has already been said and extends the discussion, moving it forward. Encourage a deeper analysis of content by asking meaningful, relevant questions about postings.
  • Posts are well-organized, clearly, and concisely written. The posts are easy to read and free of spelling and grammatical errors. Sources, if applicable, are present and cited correctly. Posts are courteous and respectful of other viewpoints.
  • Posts are made on three separate days throughout the module; AND Number of posts meets or exceeds the number of required posts.
  • Makes first substantial and meaningful contribution to academic discussion and posts responses by due dates at 11:59pm.

Consult the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your discussion posts. It is recommended that you write your post in a document first. Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to make your initial post, click on “Reply.” Then copy/paste the text into the message field, and click “Post Reply.”  This is a “post first” discussion forum, which means you must submit your initial post before you can view other students’ posts.

To respond to a peer, click “Reply” beneath her or his post and continue as with an initial post.


This discussion will be graded using the SPS Default Discussion Rubric. Please review this rubric, located on the Rubrics page within the Start Here module of the course, prior to beginning your work to ensure your participation meets the criteria in place for this discussion. All discussions combined are worth 50% of your final course grade.