President Bush and Secretary of Education Rod Paige have stated that students must feel safe in order to learn. The problem of bullying in our schools and communities is of great concern to this administration and to our Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. The primary mission of schools is to ensure that every child learns to his or her highest potential. No children, regardless of their race, creed, or cultural group or where they go to school, should be denied the opportunity to learn. Unfortunately, however, many students are being denied this opportunity to learn, not solely because of academic deficiencies -- such as poorly trained teachers or lack of academic rigor -- but because throughout the day they are picked on, teased, harassed, or ostracized due to a characteristic they possess.
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These behaviors -- commonly known as bullying behaviors -- affect students in all grades and in all parts of the country. Bullying is damaging and impacts our schools by interfering with student learning and by creating a climate of fear and disrespect -- not just for the victims, but also for the students who, as bystanders, often feel helpless to respond, as well as for the teachers and staff, and for the bullies themselves. Bullying behaviors have both short- and long-term negative consequences in several areas, including education, mental and physical health, and lost productivity for all involved.
In order to effectively combat bullying, the federal government, states, communities, neighborhoods, schools, and families must all work cooperatively. In seeking solutions to this problem, we need to carefully examine what the research on effective programs tells us about bullying and how to prevent it.
This Web course will examine the state-of-the-art research, policies, and practices from the field to assist schools and others working to prevent bullying in developing well-informed programs, policies, and practices that deal with all elements of the problem -- the bullies, the victims, the bystanders, parents, teachers and other faculty, the school climate, and the community. Once the course ends, the material will continue to be available as an essential reference tool accessible through our Web site, www.k12coordinator.org, under the file "Online Events."
In addition, we encourage you to visit the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools Web site at www.ed.gov/osdfs for upcoming funding opportunities that could be used to support programs or strategies that deal with the various elements of bullying. A number of our upcoming grants can be used to deal with various elements of bullying. For example, the counseling grants can be used to hire staff to help with kids who have been bullied, the Safe Schools and Healthy Students grants can be used to implement new programs in schools, and our Character ED grants can be used to build strong character.
- Bill Modzeleski
This five-day, facilitated event is designed to enhance your understanding of bullying among young people and provide you with the information you need to create or refine your school's bullying prevention plan. During this event, you will have the opportunity to do the following:
Review the meaning of bullying and the extent of the problem for students
Learn about the three main roles that students can play with respect to
bullying, as well as the short- and long-term consequences associated
Examine a range of bullying prevention strategies, including educational campaigns, anti-bullying legislation and policies, and bullying prevention programs
Explore the need for a comprehensive approach to the prevention of bullying and identify the components of an evidence-based bullying prevention plan
Assess the status of your school's bullying prevention plan and explore additional resources that can further inform your bullying prevention efforts
This on-line event is offered to you by the National Training and Technical Assistance
Center for Drug Prevention and School Safety Program Coordinators with funding
from the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education.
The content of this course was produced by Education Development Center, Inc.
under U.S. Department of Education Contract No. ED-01-CO-0026/0013 with
the American Institutes for Research. Amalia Cuervo served as the
contracting officer's technical representative.