What schools are doing to reduce bullying at the secondary level is not working. The national data shows that the rate of bullying has not declined for a decade. It is not that schools have not been trying. It is simply that the approach they have been advised or required to use will not work. This report outlines the challenges and positive strategies to move forward.
New Report: Bullying Prevention: Time to Rethink & Redirect
I was about to publicly release this new report and professional development resources for educators and I decided to pull back. Schools are under so much overwhelming stress right now with the badly managed shift to the Common Core combined with high stakes testing, that I made the decision that the last thing they need is a new reporting calling attention to this concern. (My opinion on this fiasco is here.) It is my intention to have professional development resources available for educators as they head into the summer.
In the meantime, I have shifted my focus on Youth Organizations. The underlying foundation of my approach is to empower young people to more effectively build positive relations. This includes helping those who are targeted become more resilient, those who are hurtful stop, own it and fix it, and encouraging positive peer intervention. It is my perspective that youth organizations, including Youth Clubs, After-School Programs, Religious Youth Groups, Youth Athletic Teams & Summer Camps, are likely currently in a better position to increase youth skills than schools.
Information about Resources on this Site
Embrace Civility in the Digital Age promotes a 21st Century approach to address bullying and youth risk in the digital age. This approach promotes positive norms, increases effective skills and resiliency, and encourages young people to be helpful allies who positively intervene when they witness peers being hurt or at risk.
Legal Ramifications & Positive Strategies to Address Bullying & Harassment
Positive Relations @ School (& Elsewhere) is Nancy’s new book that provides guidance to schools on how to reduce bullying and harassment and limit its harmful effects in a manner that will both effectively address the well-being of students and assist schools from avoiding litigation and civil rights enforcement actions.
How Young People Can Powerfully Promote Positive Relations
Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand provides a short instructional booklet for young people that is packed full of research-based insight on reducing bullying and other forms of hurtful behavior, increasing positive peer intervention, and increasing resilience.
This program has been renamed to I Am AWESOME!!! The delivery approach is being redone.
Embrace Civility in the Digital Age has developing a “flipped classroom” approach for professional development. Key issues are addressed in short segments. Each segment has a 4-6 page document and a short video.
Staff should watch and read this independently, at a time of their choosing. At the end of each video will be questions to ask students–to foster greater student voice. Staff should record their thoughts and the insight from students on a one-page reporting form that will support discussion at the staff or committee meeting.
Professional Development Resources will be released later 2015.
Parents can obtain a booklet, Your Bullied Child or Teen: A Parent Empowerment Guide, and watch a video that provides guidance. An additional document on digital safety is also on this page. This booklet is being updated and will soon be released as an ebook.
Materials that are under development can be previewed here. Your feedback is welcome, as these are being finalized.
The role of community-based medical and mental health professionals cannot be understated. This is especially true of pediatricians. Bullying may be grounded in concerns that are medical, including obesity, disabilities, and the like. Bullying often results in psychosomatic illness.
Pediatricians and other medical and mental health professional who work directly with youth need greater insight into how to screen for the potential that bullying is occurring, how to effectively communicate their concerns to the school, and how to support parents in reducing the harmful impact. Older materials are currently available. These resources are being updated.
Nancy Willard is available for workshops and can also provide webinars for professional development. Nancy also provides legal research, mediation, and settlement assistance to attorneys working for school districts or student plaintiffs.
Nancy’s resources to address digital safety are found here. This work has been “back-benched.”
Over the years, Nancy Willard has written numerous reports and articles. You can find these resources on this page.
- Embrace Civility Blog
- Embrace Civility Discussion Group