INCLUDING THE ENTIRE SCHOOL COMMUNITY
in BULLYING PREVENTION
Professional DevelopmentStudent Assemblies • Parent Education
Administrator Workshops • Student & Faculty Surveys
Components of A Comprehensive Bullying Prevention and Response Program

ANTI-BULLYING EDUCATION AND CONSULTING

The effective prevention of bullying in schools requires on-going, pro-active programming. Responding to incidents is important, but insufficient in the prevention of bullying. Experts in the field agree that creating and maintaining a school climate that actively discourages bullying and empowers bystanders is essential.

Important components of effective anti-bullying programming include a coordinating committee (or "leadership team"), faculty and staff training, curricular inclusion, and student-centered events and activities. Spectrum Diversity LLC provides faculty training, student assemblies, and consulting services to help schools/districts develop anti-bullying programs to suit their needs.

Spectrum Diversity LLC can provide any level of support to schools, ranging from a single professional development workshop, to ongoing consultation including a series of PD workshops on bullying and bias, student survey and school risk assessment, student assemblies, and bullying prevention committee guidance. The following combinations are strongly recommended:

Level #1: Faculty PD and Student Assemblies: If you are considering providing either a student assembly or a faculty PD workshop, consider doing both. The effectiveness of each presentation will be greatly enhanced if students and faculty are provided with complementary presentations on the same day, or within a few days of each other (see Scheduling Suggestions). If students are inspired by the student assembly to make changes in their own behavior or to report incidents or troubling circumstances to school staff, staff need to know how to respond to these reports. If they do not, then students will quickly revert to their pre-assembly attitudes and behaviors. NOTE: A separate administrative workshop is also advised, because the support of the administration in any school anti-bullying program is essential, and the role of administrators in an anti-bullying program is different from that of faculty. In small districts or individuals schools, this can be accomplished in a one-hour meeting if administrators have previously attended the faculty PD workshop.

Level #2, "The Trifecta": Faculty PD, Student Assemblies, and Parent Education. Parent education is vital; schools need parents who are able to work with the school to help students prevent and respond appropriately to bullying. For example, parents need to know what schools can and cannot do to address bullying, especially concerning the limits on school authority vis-a-vis cyber bullying, and they need to know what steps they and their child should take (e.g., inform the school) and what steps they should not take (e.g., "hit back next time") if a bullying incident occurs. See Scheduling Suggestions for ways to reduce costs by scheduling all three types of events simultaneously.

Level #3, Survey Preceding or Following Staff and Student Education. A survey of students and/or staff provides a baseline against which to demonstrate the success of a school's anti-bullying efforts, and provides valuable information that permits limited resources to be focused on those areas of greatest need and greatest potential for impact. If a survey is done prior to a professional development workshop, the findings can be used to inform and motivate staff to make the changes necessary to effectively address bullying. The voices of one's own students are often more persuasive than statistics based on national surveys.

Level #4, Ongoing Consultation. Following student, staff, and parent education, ongoing consultation is available to help schools develop and implement programs based on best practice principles and address the needs of the school most effectively.

Explore this web site for additional information about each of these services, and contact Spectrum Diversity LLC to discuss the needs of your school, district, or organization.

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