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Mission: ACES for Bullying Prevention is an Alliance of credentialed individuals and educational, private, and non-profit organizations dedicated to the effective and responsible development of anti-bullying programs in schools in New Jersey. Our goal is to provide accurate information about recommended methods for preventing and responding to bullying and bias to personnel in K-12 schools, enabling school personnel to distinguish legitimate approaches, programs, and service providers from inappropriate, opportunistic, or partial approaches and providers, thereby facilitating school efforts to select services, and/or adopt or develop in-house programs, to address bullying and bias effectively.

Rationale: The newly enacted “Students’ Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights” requires schools to develop approaches or programs to address bullying. Although the requirements of the law are consistent with current thinking about best practices in bullying prevention, legal compliance with the law does not ensure that schools will choose or develop programs that are consistent with best practices. Although information about best practices is readily available online from a number of sources, and guidance has been and will be offered by the DOE, there is also a great deal of convincing misinformation about bullying prevention being circulated by private entities interested in marketing their approaches to bullying prevention. School administrators are being deluged with mailings from individuals and organizations offering a wide variety of newly minted ideas about bullying prevention. As these approaches are often more limited in scope than a best practices approach, they appear to be easier solutions to the problem of bullying, and are very attractive to districts seeking to comply with the law in an era of very limited funding. Some of these programs are able to offer “evidence” of their effectiveness, because reports of bullying incidents do decrease when a school—knowingly or not—uses techniques that discourage reporting instead of addressing bullying effectively. This “evidence” provides a false sense of objectivity for approaches that are, in some cases, not only misguided but potentially damaging. 

Portfolio: The information on this page includes information about the new law, and information to guide schools toward the development of comprehensive anti-bullying programs in compliance with both the law and research-based approaches to bullying preventin and response. This page also contains information from individuals and organizations that have joined or contributed to the alliance, some of which provide services that are consistent with the law and with research-based approaches to bullying. These materials will be updated and expanded as new individuals and organizations join the ACES.

Members: Some organizations that contribute information to ACES for Bullying Prevention also provide direct services to schools. If you are seeking professional development, curriculum, counseling, intervention, or other services related to your efforts to address bullying, please consider contacting ACES member organizations to find out how their services can fit into the comprehensive anti-bullying program in your school or district.

List of Contributors, Supporting, and Member Organizations Go to this list to access contributions by experts and member organizations, and find out what services are offered by organizations that have contributed to ACES.

Summary of Key Points in the Students' Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights: What does the new law require of schools? (Contributed by Spectrum Diversity LLC)

Components of a Comprehensive Anti-Bullying Program: What does your school need to effectively address bullying? What should your school safety team be doing and developing? (Contributed by Spectrum Diversity LLC)

Common Mistakes in Bullying Prevention. Some common-sense approaches are misguided. Learn how to avoid unnecessary mistakes. (Contributed by Spectrum Diversity LLC)

Crisis Intervention Recommendations for Bullying Situations: The Role of Mental Health Professionals at Critical Stages in Schools' Responses to Bullying / When Schools Should Involve Mental Health Professionals in Bullying Intervention and Follow-up. (Contributed by Clinical Services Management, P.C.)