“The author strikes a great balance between text, action ideas, and survey questions. With each chapter comes the opportunity to examine one's school and apply the information to improve an existing situation.”

—Kim E. Vogel, Principal

Parkdale Elementary School, OR

“This text offers great activities for addressing bullying and changing school culture. I will use this resource repeatedly with respect to Safe and Supportive Schools and Positive Climates for Learning.”

—Chris Sarellas, Principal

Vaughan Secondary School, Ontario, Canada

Team-focused strategies for bully-proofing your school

One of the greatest challenges educators face in addressing bullying is recognizing when it's right in front of them. From identifying unsupervised campus “hot spots” to intervening appropriately in the moment, this practical how-to guide will equip your staff members to stand up instead of stand by. Shona Anderson's seven-step framework arms educators with: A 10-question “pulse check” to determine areas of school culture that need strengthening; Tangible actions for each stage of the decision-making cycle; Activities that prompt staff members to observe, collaborate, act, and evaluate

School leaders are empowered to maintain safe schools. It is a team effort and this unique guidebook shows how to educate all staff members to transform your school's culture from passive to proactive.

The Team Approach to Safe Schools

The team approach to safe schools

Throughout this book I refer to a school-based Safe Schools Team. This committee, legally required in Ontario, goes beyond the traditional antibullying committees that exist in some form or another in many schools. A Safe Schools Team is not required in order to implement any or all of the ideas in this book, but this evolved team format does have advantages.

You will also notice that in each chapter I refer to the Safe Schools Team as coordinating “action” activities, including being responsible for follow-up to the activities. This serves two purposes: (1) having someone or some group responsible for follow-up ensures that some follow-through occurs, and (2) having the team oversee follow-up ensures that ...

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