Equal attention to Learning Supports is essential so that:
- Every student will demonstrate academic achievement and be prepared for success after high school;
- Every student will be supported by highly prepared and effective teachers and school leaders; and
- Every school will offer a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.
Bullying behavior in schools can cause harm to students’ social and emotional well-being and be a significant barrier to learning. Bullying can be defined as a “physical, verbal or psychological attack or intimidation that is intended to cause fear, distress, or harm the victim” Farrington and Ttofi (2010). There is a perceived psychological or physical imbalance of power and often times, incidents between the same students occur repeatedly.
Some effective school practices to prevent bullying include:
- reduce conditions that contribute to bullying at school (e.g., unsupervised areas);
- pursue school-wide approaches that establish a positive school culture and climate;
- build on the foundation of school-wide approaches in implementing classroom programs;
- intervene to turn bullies around by directly addressing motivational and developmental concerns related to individuals who bully and those who support bullying; and
- respond to any problems experienced by those who are bullied and those who witness bullying.
These practices can be implemented through a Comprehensive System of Learning Supports that promotes the necessary conditions for learning and addresses any barriers to learning.
Source- Center for Mental Health in Schools, UCLA
- How Can We Improve School Discipline
- PBIS Bullying Prevention Brief
- SPRC Suicide and Bullying Issue Brief
- UCLA School Mental Health Support Project
- Bullying Resources
- Anti-Bullying Efforts in the State of Illinois
- School Bullying Prevention Task Force
- First Pass PSA - video with Rosalind Wiseman, national advocate for bullying prevention!
- Giving Teachers Tools to Stop Bullying: Free Training Toolkit
- Teaching Tolerance
- OSEP Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports
- U.S. Department of Education Issues New Guidance to support educators in fighting bullying
- Welcoming Schools Web Site