“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 Importance of Being Able to Say What You Mean

The importance of being able to say what you mean

What Is Mitigation?

Mitigated speech is a fancy linguistic term for sugarcoating what you are saying. We all do it. In fact, I would guess that we all do it every day. Fischer and Orasanu (1999) described the degrees of mitigation that exist between two individuals. They came up with six categories ranging from sugar-free to sugar-covered jelly donut.

  • Command. “Strategy X is going to be implemented.”
  • Team Obligation Statement. “We need to try strategy X.”
  • Team Suggestion. “Why don't we try strategy X?”
  • Query. “Do you think strategy X would help us in this situation?”
  • Preference. “Perhaps we should take a look at one of these Y alternatives.”
  • Hint. “I wonder if ...
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