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.

The Human Face of Data

The human face of data

“Bring ‘data’ in, but in the right way.”

—John Kotter (2008, p. 90)

I got very discouraged about how our school was doing in preventing and reducing bullying. After about a year implementing our bullying prevention program, I felt that our efforts were not paying off; in fact, things seemed to be getting worse. The number of phone calls from parents and student complaints of bullying seemed to be growing exponentially—it was hard for me to keep up with them. It was only after a few conversations with colleagues and some time for reflection that I realized that the complaints were actually a sign that our efforts were working.

School leaders can view complaints as negative things. Sometimes, the ...

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