Leaders will attend the national Anti-Bullying Summit, June 26-27, 2014, in Peachtree City, Georgia, hosted by Auburn University's Truman Pierce Institute and the Office of Professional and Continuing Education. (An equitable substitute MUST be approved by the TPI PLU supervisor). The Summit schedule, key presenter information, and workshop guidelines can be viewed at www.auburn.edu/antibullying.
Because all school personnel are responsible for complying with Alabama anti-bullying law and system's bullying policies, ALL faculty and staff (including cafeteria workers, bus drivers, aides, etc) will attend the Orientation meeting.
In preparation for leading the meeting, leaders will carefully review Alabama's law on bullying (HB2016), any related pending legislation, and the school system's bullying policy. Leaders should also review US Deptartment of Education's Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies, a document that compares laws from all 50 states, and should consider requirements in other state laws that might strengthen Alabama's. Copies of Alabama's law and the school system's policies should be printed for dispersal or included in faculty handbooks.
During the Faculty/Staff meeting, leaders will:
Documentation as follows will be submitted electronically to the PLU Supervisor: A summary of the faculty meeting, a copy of the school system's policy (including incident reporting procedure and bullying consequences), and suggested revisions to existing policy derived from faculty discussion for submission to Superintendent.
Attendees: all faculty, staff reps from each school department, parent leaders, school board reps, student leaders, community leaders. Student leaders might be from school's service and other organizations (e.g., Key Club, Letter Club, Anchor Club, Beta Club, Band). They can set examples for other students by intervening on behalf of victims or by reporting trouble sites. Community leaders might be drawn from law enforcement, Boys and Girls Club, counseling services, churches, youth sports leagues, scouting, etc.
Prior to the meeting, leaders will read Bullying at School and Online, a free downloadable e-book available at http://www.education.com/static/ebook/education-com-bullying-ebook.pdf (attached to PLU application) and will provide this link to all who will be attending, asking that they read the e-book as a framework for informed discussion. Leaders may recommend additional reading links listed at the end of each section in the e-book if the articles address issues applicable to their own schools.
Prior to the meeting, leaders will use survey data to identify the major problems for "Focus Committee" Topics. Possibilities: Bullying Reporting, Patrolling Problem Sites, Mediation Strategies, Engaging Bystanders, Cyberbullying, School Assemblies, Anti-Bullying Competitions, Victim Training, Teaching Tolerance (or others that leaders choose)
At meeting leaders will:
Committees will consider:
Documentation: Leaders will electronically submit a report to the PLU supervisor listing the meeting date/place, attendees, their role (parent, student, teacher, police officer, etc), their Focus Committee, and responses to "Bullying in School and Online" article.
To determine types and frequencies of bullying in their schools, leaders will develop and distribute a Bullying Survey and analyze the results. FREE downloadable models may be found at these as well as other sites:
Leaders should solicit input from faculty peers and from the PLU supervisor in development of or selecting the survey to be distributed to students in their school. Questions should be framed carefully and appropriate to grade level; survey should not be intimidating in length or complexity. ALL students will complete the survey anonymously. Homeroom teachers will distribute and collect the surveys and will be accountable for turning in a completed survey for every student enrolled in their homerooms.
Data from the survey will be compiled for analysis. Leaders will identify patterns, such as locations and times and consider whether ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, participation in athletics, or grade level appear to play a role in the bullying. Leaders will invite communications from counselors and coaches who may be able to provide additional insight and perspective. Leaders will also supervise quantitative data collection showing school absences, as well as bullying-related discipline referrals, fights, parent conferences, and counseling sessions. By studying changes in this data over a period of time, leaders may assess whether or not anti-bullying interventions are impacting student behavior choices and school climate. NOTE: Leaders may engage a community partner, such as statisticians in a higher ed institute or a state agency, a mental health organization, or a law enforcement agency to work with them in data compilation and analysis.
Documentation: A copy of the survey instrument and results from the compiled data will be submitted electronically to the supervising PLU administrator.
Leaders will explore articles from this important website that addresses a range of bullying issues for sharing with Committee Members: http://www.education.com/topic/school-bullying-teasing/, Leaders will select one or more articles that are applicable to situations at their schools for assignment as faculty readings.
Leaders will read "Stop Bullying Behaviors: Advice for Parents and Caregivers" by Professor Daniel Olweus. Daniel Olweus is one of the world's leaders in bullying research and intervention. Prior to the Stakeholder meeting, leaders will share this link or distribute copies of the article with all committee members and ask that they read as part of their research.
At the Stakeholder meeting, leader will ask committees to share intervention ideas or proposed solutions with other faculty, parents, students, and community stakeholders at the meeting for input. Following discussion, solutions will be selected for implementation and timelines set for achievement of the goals. Subsequent Stakeholder meeting dates will be set.
Documentation: Leaders will electronically submit the following to the PLU administrator:
Leaders will organize a schoolwide assembly focusing on School Bullying. Student-driven intervention strategies described in the free brochure from Pathway Pals can form a framework for a school-wide Anti-Bullying Campaign among students (or other resources selected by leaders).
The assembly should:
This Assembly, or additional Follow-Up Assemblies scheduled as part of the school's sustained Anti-Bullying campaign, might also:
These activities will complement other Character Education initiatives within the school.
Documentation: Leaders will invite the PLU supervisor to attend the assembly. Or, a report of this activity, including date, speakers and their topics, names of videos shown (if applicable), contest rules (if applicable)and community partner participants in the activity will be submitted electronically to the PLU supervisor.
This Assembly may be a "Culmination" event following other Anti-Bullying assemblies that may have taken place during the school year as part of a sustained campaign. Leaders will invite all stakeholders and make sure that publicity is given.
The Assembly will provide:
Documentation: Leaders will communicate plans for the Assembly to the PLU supervisor and will electronically submit documentation to the PLU supervisor. Program summary with date, speakers, and competition winners, video clips of Assembly, or publicity from local news agencies would build a documentation file.
Leaders will also analyze attendance records, discipline referrals, and counseling records to see how school and community anti-bullying efforts have modified behavior and/or affected the school climate.
Documentation: A written summary of the information derived from the Student Bullying Surveys and the leaders' analysis of anti-bullying efforts on student behaviors, including attendance and discipline referrals, will be submitted electronically to the PLU administrator.
The Faculty/Stakeholder meeting may be organized with the following agenda: Leaders will:
Documentation: Leaders will electronically submit a summary of this meeting. Summary will include date, names of meeting attendees, overview of accomplishments, new goals/committees, and names of person(s) selected for continued training at the 2015 Anti-Bullying Summit.
Last Updated:February 4, 2014