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Workbook Under Development

Empower Students to Embrace Civility is being reworked. For now, please read the introduction.

Some of the following insight has been presented in the Student Leadership Team Guide for the student program, Embrace Civility.

The topics to be covered in a new workbook that is under development include:

  • Evidence documenting the concerns related of effectiveness of current bullying prevention approaches.
  • Probable key reasons for the concerns of effectiveness
  • Positive relations action plan approach–grounded in guidance from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and other current professional resources. 
  • Student leadership and positive social norms–critical to address both the challenge of being hurtful to achieve social dominance and adolescent developmental priorities.
  • Empowering students who are typically targeted–through a focus on trauma informed care, self-regulation, problem-solving, and positive psychology research insight.
  • Encouraging students who are hurtful to accept personal responsibility, remedy the harms, and stop engaging in hurtful behavior–recognizing rationalizations, integrating principles from the science of influence, and using restorative practices to hold students accountable.
  • Increasing positive peer intervention–by addressing both personal and environmental factors and the perceived barriers to increase the likelihood and effectiveness of peer interventions,. Desired positive peer interventions include: supporting those who have been treated badly, resolving conflict, saying stop, advising a friend to stop, and recognizing when situations should be reported to an adult. 
  • Increasing the effectiveness of staff interventions when they witness hurtful incidents, which most often occur when staff have other pressing responsibilities–including identifying more serious situations that should be reported for resolution at a higher level, intervening and resolving more minor incidents, and follow-up to ensure effectiveness. 
  • Legal parameters related to hurtful behavior–including discriminatory harassment, torts, requirements for students with disabilities, and free speech versus hurtful speech and off-campus speech issues.
  • Comprehensive investigations and restorative interventions in more serious situations–including recognizing those students who require a Tier II or III level intervention, required IEP/504 meetings, restorative approach using an accountability process, positive action plan for the targeted student. 

The workbook will contain the following additional resources:

  • Assessment and Positive Norms Student and Staff Surveys.
  • Planning Template for a Positive Relations Action Plan.
  • Student Handbook for the Embrace Civility student program.  
  • Investigation and Intervention Template.
  • Accountability Assessment and Agreement for Students Who Were Hurtful.
  • Positive Action Plan for Targeted Students.