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Bias-Based Bullying • Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
CE/PD for Medical & Social Service Providers

KEY TOPICS THAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR EDUCATORS ON
BULLYING PREVENTION AND RESPONSE

Professional development is an essential component of a comprehensive school-wide anti-bullying program, and should provide staff members with the information and skills they need to participate in a school-wide anti-bullying program developed in accordance with research-based best practices. Follow guidelines for choosing a training program that supports a school-wide approach, and use the following checklist to ensure that key topics are included in your training program: Click here for pdf checklist

  1. Definition of Bullying / Recognizing Bullying in Its Various Manifestations
      1. Distinction between Bullying and Normal Conflict
      2. Types of Bullying
          1. Direct vs. Indirect Bullying
          2. Physical, Verbal, and Social (Relational) Bullying
          3. Bias-Based Bullying
          4. Cyber-Bullying
  2. Understanding the Bully, The Target, and the Bystander Roles
      1. Why Youth Bully; Social and Psychological Circumstances, Characteristics, and Motivations that Encourage or Discourage Bullying Behavior
      2. Short-term and Long-term Effects of Bullying for Bullies, Targets, and Bystanders
      3. How to Tell if a Youth is Being Bullied
      4. Role and Importance of Bystanders in Bullying Prevention
  3. Responding to Bullying Incidents
      1. Common Mistakes in Bullying Prevention and Response, including mediation, conflict resolution, and social skills training for the target
      2. Appropriate Educational and Disciplinary Responses to Bullying Behavior
      3. Techniques for Immediate Intervention
      4. Procedures for Responding to Witness Reports
      5. Techniques for Supporting Targets of Bullying Behavior
      6. Procedures for Follow-up after a Bullying Incident
      7. Reporting and Documenting an Incident
  4. Prevention Techniques
      1. Creating a Safe and Respectful Classroom and School Climate
      2. Empowering Bystanders: Attitudes, Skills, & Motivations for Bystanders
      3. Diversity Awareness Education in Student Curricula
      4. Appropriate Use of Social Skills Training
  5. Relevant Laws and Court Cases / District, School, and Employees' Responsibilities and Extent of Authority
      1. New Jersey Anti-Bullying Law (2003) (Title 18A: 37-13+)
      2. New Jersey "Students' Bill of Rights" (2011)
      3. New Jersey Law Against Discrimination
      4. "L.W." court case
      5. Concept of "hostile environment"
      6. Concept of "bias;" distinction between "bias crime" and "bias incident"
      7. Criminal Law and Jurisdictional Issues Pertaining to Cyber Bullying
  6. Components of a School-Wide Anti-Bullying Program

Note: This list sets minimal standards for topics to be included in professional development training on bullying prevention and response. It is also highly recommended that staff receive training in specific forms of diversity, including ability/disability, weight and appearance biases, autism/asperger syndrome, sexual orientation and gender expression, religious differences, racial and cultural differences, and social class differences. This training should prepare educators to understand various forms of diversity, to teach students to understand and show respect for various forms of diversity, and to recognize and effectively address biases with regard to multiple forms of diversity.

Note: Spectrum Diversity LLC provides professional development training programs that include all these elements, plus additional elements to meet the needs and concerns of individual schools and districts.