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ASCD Whole Child Bloggers

Bullying Left Unchecked: Proactively Keeping Classrooms and Schools From Hitting the Tipping Point

Two recent blog posts from our partner the Developmental Studies Center (DSC) bring light to the important role educators play in not only addressing bullying, but also proactively preventing it by creating a positive school culture where students and educators can work through the root of the problem rather than just the symptoms. Ginger Cook's post poses the question, "How might we proactively keep classrooms and schools from hitting the 'tipping point,' and stop bullying before it even starts?" Ginger outlines five ways educators can get to the root of bullying and develop a positive school climate.

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ASCD Whole Child Bloggers

Accepting Responsibility for Bullying

Post submitted by guest blogger Adam Fletcher, student voice expert and author of Frameworks for Meaningful Student Involvement. Follow Adam on Twitter.

Research continuously shows us that bullying has its roots in adult behavior: Children and youth replicate the actions and words they see and hear in their environments. If not parents, then teachers; if not teachers, then television—somewhere, somehow, young people learn they can use intimidation to get other people to do things. Despite the temptation to say otherwise, not just "bad" adults perpetuate bullying. Almost every single one of us has relied on intimidation to get a student to do something, and that behavior is at the heart of bullying.

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ASCD Whole Child Bloggers

Creating Cultures of Peace Starting with Schools

Post submitted by Whole Child Blogger Alseta Gholston

The damaging effects of bullying have always been a problem wherever groups of people have coexisted. However, we tend to identify bullying more where it exists within children's interpersonal relationships largely because many more children than adults who are victims of bullies don't yet have the emotional tools to override the scars that constant abuse can inflict on a person's psyche. For this reason, it is becoming more of a serious issue to address as we start to have more conversation around school climate and safety issues.

For example, earlier this year the suicide of Phoebe Prince, a student in South Hadley, Mass., brought school bullying back to the forefront in the United States. Several teens in connection to the case have been charged with criminal harassment, stalking, and even statutory rape. Also, proposed antibullying laws targeting school officials who neglected to respond to the incidents are now making administrators take notice.

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ASCD Whole Child Bloggers

Is Bullying a Form of Student Voice?

Post submitted by guest blogger Adam Fletcher, student voice expert and author of Frameworks for Meaningful Student Involvement. Follow Adam on Twitter.

Roaring waves of hopeful obligation have rumbled into schools across the country, crashing learners into desk chairs for another year of education. Standing on the shores of learning adventures, many educators look out and see oceans of hope and possibilities, but seasoned sailors know the sea is a friend that can turn enemy. Among the waves are storms and shipwrecks, and the lull may be the calm before the storm. However, rather than ending the journey before it begins, classroom ships venture onto the high seas of learning, knowing that while there are perils ahead there are great rewards, too. Bullying is one of those perils. Student voice is a beacon in the water that can help educators see what is coming.

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ASCD Whole Child Bloggers

Get an Attitude

Large or small, ethnically diverse or homogenous, urban or rural, primary or secondary: bullying occurs in every school and among students of all backgrounds. Yet some schools have a much higher incidence of bullying, while others have minimal problems. If demographic factors don't predict the incidence of bullying, what does?

Attitudes.

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Podcast Whole Child Podcast

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?

ASCD Whole Child Bloggers

Upcoming Whole Child Podcast: A Whole Child Approach to Addressing Bullying

A school and community that do not address bullying cannot ensure that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Bullying affects 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.

Join us Tuesday, September 7, on 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 thirty Olweus consultants and trainers across the state to deliver this comprehensive, school-wide program to reduce bullying among children, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy.
  • Rachel Cole, 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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