These behaviors -- commonly known as bullying behaviors -- affect students in all grades and in all parts of the country. Bullying is damaging and impacts our schools by interfering with student learning and by creating a climate of fear and disrespect -- not just for the victims, but also for the students who, as bystanders, often feel helpless to respond, as well as for the teachers and staff, and for the bullies themselves. Bullying behaviors have both short- and long-term negative consequences in several areas, including education, mental and physical health, and lost productivity for all involved.
In order to effectively combat bullying, the federal government, states, communities, neighborhoods, schools, and families must all work cooperatively. In seeking solutions to this problem, we need to carefully examine what the research on effective programs tells us about bullying and how to prevent it.
This Web course will examine the state-of-the-art research, policies, and practices from the field to assist schools and others working to prevent bullying in developing well-informed programs, policies, and practices that deal with all elements of the problem -- the bullies, the victims, the bystanders, parents, teachers and other faculty, the school climate, and the community. Once the course ends, the material will continue to be available as an essential reference tool accessible through our Web site, www.k12coordinator.org, under the file "Online Events."
In addition, we encourage you to visit the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools Web site at www.ed.gov/osdfs for upcoming funding opportunities that could be used to support programs or strategies that deal with the various elements of bullying. A number of our upcoming grants can be used to deal with various elements of bullying. For example, the counseling grants can be used to hire staff to help with kids who have been bullied, the Safe Schools and Healthy Students grants can be used to implement new programs in schools, and our Character ED grants can be used to build strong character.
- Bill Modzeleski