Research shows that learning is dependent upon students feeling safe and secure, so preventing and counteracting bullying should be a high priority for any school leader. Written by an experienced, award-winning principal with a proven track record of bully prevention, this book integrates the research and knowledge on effective school leadership with the research and knowledge for effective bullying prevention. James Dillon describes the five paradigm shifts a school principal needs to lead in order to develop the schoolwide will for bully prevention. This book: - Explains why most anti-bullying efforts fail; - Offers professional development strategies for equipping school staff to implement anti-bullying policies; - Includes information on how to assess and improve overall school climate; - Describes how to involve all members of the school community, including parents

The book also provides additional useful information such as how to deliver effective presentations to get buy-in from community members and staff, how to collect and analyze data, and sample forms, online video clips, and case studies. An essential tool for any school leader, No Place for Bullying provides more than just the policies and the forms to implement an anti-bullying program—it provides the tools for inspiring the cultural shift necessary to truly combat bullying in schools.

Introduction: It Doesn't Add Up

Introduction: It doesn't add up

Here are some commonly accepted statements about bullying in schools:

  • Bullying is now universally recognized as a serious problem, not just in schools, but in our society.
  • In the last fifteen years, there has been research yielding a substantive body of knowledge about bullying and what can be done to reduce and prevent it.
  • Schools are filled with competent, caring people who do not approve of bullying.
  • It is in the best interest of the students and the entire school to substantially prevent and reduce bullying.
  • There are now laws in almost all of the fifty states requiring schools to have antibullying policies and regulations designed to stop bullying.

Those five statements added together should make bullying ...

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