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A Whole Child Approach to Addressing Bullying

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A school and community that do not address bullying cannot ensure that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Bullying influences each critical dimension of a whole child approach to education because it compromises students’ physical and emotional health and safety; affects their relationships with peers and adults in the school; creates barriers that prevent them from engaging in learning and connecting to the school and broader community; and affects their academic performance. When bullying goes unaddressed, it can create a negative school culture and organizational patterns that shape students’ learning and development.

Download this episode of the Whole Child Podcast to learn how we can address bullying locally and nationally so that all students learn in a positive school climate that ensures they are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. You’ll hear from these experts:

  • Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education, who will talk about what works in addressing bullying in schools and how the department plans to help schools and communities combat bullying and create healthy, safe, and supportive school climates.
  • Penny Bisignano, Olweus coordinator for the state of Iowa, will share her work supporting over 30 Olweus consultants and trainers across the state to deliver this comprehensive, schoolwide program to reduce bullying among children; improve the social climate of classrooms; and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy.
  • Rachel Cole Lawson, high school guidance counselor at Malcolm Price Laboratory School (PLS) in Cedar Falls, Iowa (winner of the first-ever Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award), who will share how and why PLS created a bullying prevention program—Be a Buddy, Not a Bully!—for its elementary students. The program has since been adopted by schools worldwide.

Are your school and community talking about bullying and its effect on students? Do you feel your school and community know how to appropriately address bullying and create a healthy, safe, and supportive environment?

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A Whole Child Approach to Addressing Bullying « Wh

September 7, 2010

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Dr. Patricia Fioriello

September 8, 2010

Bullying can be prevented with clear policy, intervention and communication.  As a past high school principal, I found the most successful anti bullying programs focused on visible and easy ways for parents, teachers and students to communicate concerns and observations.  Once the line of communication is open and trust is established, the school community will feel comfortable sharing information. In order for this process to work, school and district administration must investigate all concerns and address problems immediately!  Cyber bullying is a topic that should now be part of every bullying workshop. I provide publications for K 12 education and have a series of practical eguides for today’s classroom (http://drpfconsults.com/Guides/).  The “Bullying and Cyber Bullying” guide is one of our most popular guides indicating a need and interest in finding solutions to this serious issue.

Dr David Hatch

September 8, 2010

Taking the familiar approach to dealing with bullying by punishing the bully and working with the family of the target, and the target him or herself, just continues the same patterns. We need to recognize that the bullies themselves often are targets of bullying behavior at home, disenfrachisement in the school and lack empathy and conflict resolution skills. The steps to take to “combatting” peer victimization then, include working WITH the bully; to teach them conflict resolution, develop their leadership skills and provide them with avenues for their strengths. Id love to “sell” something but I just want our children, all of them, to be safe.

Jeanne Osgood

September 9, 2010

As mentioned during the podcast, bullies and victims often lack social skills, such problem-solving. One way that schools can develop this skill and others in all students is through social and emotional learning (SEL). When evidence-based SEL is well implemented, it provides learning about skills that are fundamental to preventing bullying. More and more, SEL programs include explicit lessons about bullying as well. SEL also addresses school climate change ~ it can be the framework that galvanizes a school community to recognize the role everyone plays in developing a safe and supportive learning environment for all students. A useful resource is CASEL’s brief, Social and Emotional Learning and Bullying Prevention at http://casel.org/downloads/2009_bullyingbrief.pdf Thank.s Whole Child for this excellent podcast!

R.J. Saielli

September 10, 2010

Character Education Start early and stay with it.

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September 22, 2010

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James MacShane

October 4, 2010

I have been teaching for 50 years and the Whole Child base that I used for my students was a conflict resolution station for them to use. The problem is theirs and at their age level they are all capable of solving problems that they have consciously or unconsciously created. I had to allow all the time that they needed and I was available at their request unless they reduced the oral solution to a physical level. At that point I told them that they had to raise their search to the oral level or I would have to solve the problem and I bet that they would like the way that they solved the problem better than the way I solved it.

It always worked and often the students involved became friends. The vicarious aspect for the rest of the class was also noticable. What educators need to understand is that dictatorship no matter how benevolent is a bullying system. At each child’s level we are involved in the bully development process at some level.

Shannon Holden

October 21, 2010

When Character Education doesn’t work…you can use the strategies outlined and discussed on my website:


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