7 Pillars for Success

Seven Pillars for Success

These are the Seven Pillars for Success that are integrated into my work:

Commit to Scientific Integrity and Effective Practice

There are no “evidence based” best practices (proven to be effective through an independent evaluation). To ensure a likelihood of success, it is necessary to implement approaches that are informed by accurate research into the concerns and implement the use of practices that have demonstrated effectiveness in other areas of youth risk prevention. I use the term “research-based” to describe my commitment to recommend practices that have solid grounding in the research-literature.

Ensure Ongoing Assessment and Evaluation

Ongoing local assessment and evaluation are critical to ensure success. Use of local surveying of students to support needs assessment, positive norms instruction, and evaluation is recommended. Schools must specifically evaluate the effectiveness of interventions.

Engage in Multidisciplinary Collaboration

Effectively addressing youth risk in the digital age will require a multidisciplinary collaborative approach that involves educators, mental health professionals, and law enforcement. Comprehensive approaches must be ground in solid policies and practices, provide professional development, present student and parent education, and ensure ongoing evaluation.

Foster Restoration and Reconciliation

Interventions should be designed to hold young people accountable for any wrongdoing in a manner that fosters restoration and reconciliation. This will enable all young people to remain in safe school and digital communities.

Reinforce Positive Norms

Universal education must promote the positive norms and effective practices held by the majority of the students. This can be accomplished through student-led constructive instruction, use of older students to teach younger students, and messaging ground in the insight derived through the local surveys.

Strengthen Effective Skills

Constructive instruction can also help students gain skills through sharing of effective practices and strategies. Effective skills include problem-solving and decision-making. Students must also recognize possible negative influences related to the use of technologies, as well as the influences for making positive choices.

Encourage Helpful Allies

Many times young people interact in digital environments where no responsible adults are present.  As helpful allies, young people can provide support to a peer who is at risk or being harmed, challenge irresponsible or hurtful behavior, and report unresolved or serious concerns.