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Bullying & Harassment Prevention and Intervention Services

All children have the right to feel safe at school. Every student should feel that there are adults at school that they can turn to in a time of need. More than any other place in the community, schools should provide a safe haven for all students.

Bullying among children is defined as repeated, intentional behavior that involves an imbalance of power or strength. A child who is being bullied has a hard time defending him/herself. Bullying can take many forms:

  • Physical aggression
  • Social alienation
  • Verbal aggression
  • Intimidation
  • Racial and ethnic harassment
  • Sexual harassment
  • Cyber-bullying/harassment

Bullying can have serious consequences. Children and youth who are bullied are more likely than other children to:

  • Be depressed, lonely, anxious or fearful
  • Have low self-esteem
  • Be absent from school or experience difficulties with school work completion
  • Feel sick
  • Contemplate, attempt or commit suicide

Grant Wood Area Education Agency has staff available to train school district or building committees on all aspects of bullying prevention, including:

  • Conducting and analyzing the results of surveys regarding the extent of bullying in a district & or building to help to determine the full extent of bullying issues
  • Establishing specific school rules
  • Examining policies and procedures
  • Conducting classroom meetings
  • Engaging parents and communities in joining schools in prevention activities

A school district, after considering its data, may request training in the internationally recognized and research based Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, or a program based on Olweus principles.

A certified Olweus trainer is available to provide training to school districts in Area 10. Recent feedback from school districts which have implemented school-wide bully prevention programs has been very positive. Implementing a comprehensive program is effective in improving the learning environment for students.

 

A school might also consider school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS), which is a framework for improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and relevance of practices to prevent school violence and bullying behavior.

 

Decades of research provides excellent guidance on what competent school environments look like and do to prevent the development and occurrence of violent behavior, including bullying behavior, in schools and neighborhoods (e.g., BIglan, 1995; Gottfredson, 1997; Gottfredson, Gottfredson & Hybl, 1993; Mayer, 1995; Morrison, Furlong & Morrison, 1997; Tolan & Guerra, 1994; Walker, Ramsey & Gresham, 2004). In general, effective schools formally invest in the following protective activities:

  1. School-wide curriculum that emphasizes targeted social skills instructions.

  2. Positive school and classroom social culture where teaching and learning are emphasized.

  3. Challenging and engaging instructional practices that effectively maximize academic success for all students.

  4. Continuous, positive, and active supervision and monitoring of student behavior and learning.

  5. Regular, frequent, and positive acknowledgements and reinforcement for student displays of academic and social behavior success.

  6. Active involvement of all students and family, faculty, and community members.

  7. Multi-year and multi-component approaches to implementation.

  8. Adults who model the same positive social behaviors and values expected of students.

PBIS trainers are available to provide training to school districts in Area 10.

 

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Grant Wood Area Education Agency extends equal opportunities in its employment practices, educational programs and services, and does not discriminate on the basis of color, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status or as otherwise prohibited by law. If you believe you or your child has been discriminated against or treated unjustly, please contact the Agency’s Equity Coordinator, Maria Cashman, at 319-399-6847 or 800-332-8488. Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

ADDRESS: 4401 Sixth Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
TELEPHONE: 319-399-6700 | 800-332-8488
Fax: 319-399-6457
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