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Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline | U.S. Department of Education

To access report above, click on title or link to it from here: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/school-discipline/guiding-principles.pdf

 

For more information on new Supportive School Discipline Initiative, please read: 

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/school-discipline/appendix-3-overview.pdf

 

And for general information: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/school-discipline/index.html

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RFK Project SEATBELT

RFK Project SEATBELT | Safe Schools & Communities | Scoop.it

"Launched in June 2013, RFK Project SEATBELT aims to provide research-based information and resources to create safe environments that prevent bullying and other negative behaviors. RFK Project SEATBELT was developed and is managed by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights in partnership with the Making Caring Common Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Safe School Certification Program.


For main website, click on title above or here: http://bullying.rfkcenter.org/#sthash.U7kai514.dpuf

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Forum with Michael Krasny on Bullying - Morning Edition KQED/NPR

Forum with Michael Krasny on Bullying - Morning Edition KQED/NPR | Safe Schools & Communities | Scoop.it

"When it comes to bullying, popular students go after their social peers more than social misfits. That's according to a new study co-authored by a UC Davis sociologist, which also finds that high status kids get harassed more frequently as they climb the social hierarchy. Is bullying reaching a crisis point in U.S. schools? We'll talk with experts about the latest research on bullying in schools, and ask you about your experiences.

 

Host: Michael Krasny 

Guests:

Rick Phillips, Executive Director of Community Matters, a non-profit based in Santa Rosa

Robert Faris, Associate Professor of Sociology at UC Davis, and co-author of the study (with Diane Felmlee of Penn State)

Susan Eva Porter, Dean of Branson High School and author of "Bully Nation: Why America's Approach to Childhood Aggression is Bad for Everyone"
 

http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201404020900

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Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply

Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply | Safe Schools & Communities | Scoop.it

By Homa Tavangar:

"My most important back-to-school supply doesn't fit in a backpack, and it can't be ordered online. It's as essential as a pencil, but unlike a pencil, no technology can replace it. In a sense, like a fresh box of crayons, it can come in many colors. Better than the latest gadget, it's possible to equip every student with it, and even better, when we do, it can transform our world.

It's actually a "muscle" I've been working on all summer. It's empathy."
Full post here:
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/empathy-back-to-school-supply-homa-tavangar
 

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"Youth Bullying - What Does The Research Say?" - CDC Injury Center

"Youth Bullying - What Does The Research Say?" -  CDC Injury Center | Safe Schools & Communities | Scoop.it

"Bullying is one type of youth violence that threatens young people's well-being. Bullying can result in physical injuries, social and emotional difficulties, and academic problems. The harmful effects of bullying are frequently felt by others, including friends and families, and can hurt the overall health and safety of schools, neighborhoods, and society.
 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines bullying as any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another youth or group of youths who are not siblings or current dating partners that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance and is repeated multiple times or is highly likely to be repeated. Bullying may inflict harm or distress on the targeted youth including physical, psychological, social, or educational harm.  A young person can be a perpetrator, a victim, or both (also known as "bully/victim").
 

Bullying can occur in-person and through technology. Electronic aggression or cyber-bullying is bullying that happens through email, chat rooms, instant message, a website, text message, or social media.

The CDC works to understand and prevent bullying before it starts. Research is still developing and helps us to better understand and prevent bullying. School-based bullying prevention programs are widely implemented but not always evaluated."...

 

For full article, please click title above or visit here: 
http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/youthviolence/bullyingresearch/index.html?s_cid=tw_inj1007#1 &nbsp

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Now Is the Time for Restorative Justice (Part I) - Community Matters

Now Is the Time for Restorative Justice (Part I) - Community Matters | Safe Schools & Communities | Scoop.it

By William Grace Frost and Rick Phillips -
"Restorative Justice is a system where the goals are taking responsibility and repairing harm instead of punishment and retribution. Punitive responses to disciplinary incidents can cause more harm than good, create resentments and do little to repair relationships."...

 

For full post, click on title above or here: http://community-matters.org/blog/post/now-is-the-time-for-restorative-justice

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Casualties of Social Combat: School Networks of Peer Victimization and Their Consequences - Faris, R., & Felmlee, D., (2014) American Sociological Review, SAGE

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Can a Video Game Teach Empathy? The Guy Behind Madden NFL Thinks So - Slate

Can a Video Game Teach Empathy? The Guy Behind Madden NFL Thinks So - Slate | Safe Schools & Communities | Scoop.it
Can kids learn empathy on an iPad? This is the somewhat unfair but inevitable question surrounding this week’s release of a new tablet game called IF. Designed for 6 to 12 year olds, IF aims to help kids manage their emotions, cope with stress and conflict, even deal with bullies....

 

For full post, click title above or here:

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/family/2014/02/trip_hawkins_s_next_act_if_you_can_a_startup_for_social_emotional_learning.html

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Inciting Something Better than "Best Practice:" Taking a Closer Look at the Relationship Among Classroom Management Practice, School Climate, and Student Achievement

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Using Art to Prevent Cyber-Bullying - Public Takes Part in Preview of 'Out of Bounds' Play - Iowa Now

By Kirk Murray of IowaNow:

"Members of the public recently got a behind-the-scenes preview of a ground-breaking play designed to shine a light on—and stir public conversations about—one of the most pressing social issues of the day: cyber-bullying among teens.

 

"Out of Bounds" is the name of the play and part of a broader University of Iowa-community partnership involving Iowa City’s Working Group Theatre, Hancher (which commissioned the work), the UI College of Public Health, the UI Injury Prevention Research Center, and the Iowa City Community School District."
 

Main article including this video is here: http://now.uiowa.edu/2014/02/using-art-fight-cyber-bullying

 

For more information, please visit: 
Starting the Conversation About Bullying: http://now.uiowa.edu/2014/02/starting-conversation-about-bullying

 

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So good to see interactive and engaging strategies for prevention.  I imagine these events will be well-received by students and can lead to meaningful change in peer culture. Kudos to all involved in this collaborative effort. 

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UCSF HEARTS Program: Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools | UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health

UCSF HEARTS Program: Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools | UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health | Safe Schools & Communities | Scoop.it

"The UCSF Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (HEARTS) project is a comprehensive, multilevel school-based prevention and intervention program for children who have experienced trauma. The goal of UCSF HEARTS is to create school environments that are more trauma-sensitive and supportive of the needs of traumatized children. A main objective of this project is to work collaboratively with SFUSD to promote school success by decreasing trauma-related difficulties and increasing healthy functioning in students within the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) who have experienced complex trauma. Trauma-sensitive school environments will likely benefit not only traumatized children, but also those who are affected by these children, including child peers and school personnel."

For main website, click on title above or here: http://coe.ucsf.edu/coe/spotlight/ucsf_hearts.html

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OP-ED: Restorative Justice Isn’t a Plug and Play Option

OP-ED: Restorative Justice Isn’t a Plug and Play Option | Safe Schools & Communities | Scoop.it

By John Lash - (Quote Excerpted)
..."One of the best outcomes of system wide approaches is the multiplying effect on learning. In Brazil, where this process was developed, practitioners noticed a strange trend in schools where circles were being used. At first the number of requests for circles climbed as kids became more familiar with the process and began to trust that it was serving their needs. But after a while the number of requests dropped. Puzzled, the developers began to ask around. They discovered that the kids had learned the process so well they didn’t need the adults anymore. They would simply recruit a friend to serve as facilitator and follow the pattern of the circle.


This is the kind of learning that we want to see happen everywhere. We want kids (and adults) to learn an approach to solving problems and healing harm that is non-punitive and collaborative. Our human nature is strongly disposed to this kind of interaction, but it is difficult to manifest in environments where punitive justice is the norm. It isn’t safe to take responsibility or to connect with the harm we do, since we know we’ll be punished. This is true in courts, families, schools and many other places that make up our communities."...

For full post, click on title above or visit: 
http://jjie.org/op-ed-restorative-justice-isnt-a-plug-and-play-option/106347/

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Digital Literacy and Citizenship Classroom Curriculum | Common Sense Media

Digital Literacy and Citizenship Classroom Curriculum | Common Sense Media | Safe Schools & Communities | Scoop.it

From Common Sense Media: "Our free materials are designed to empower students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. Use our interactive SCOPE & SEQUENCE  to find the lessons that are just right for your classroom. These cross-curricular units spiral to address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age-appropriate way. Browse by grade band or click a category to highlight lessons that address that topic."

 

For the main page on Digital Literacy and Citizenship, click title above or here: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/curriculum

 

For the link to the Scope and Sequence described in the introductory paragraph, please visit:  http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/scope-and-sequence


 

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Naghma K Khan's curator insight, February 4, 3:29 AM

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CASEL | Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

CASEL | Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning | Safe Schools & Communities | Scoop.it

Excellent resources and research on the benefits of integrating social and emotional learning into learning environments.

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The Youth Voice Project

The Youth Voice Project | Safe Schools & Communities | Scoop.it
The Youth Voice Project presents results of a large scale study that helps youth define what works in preventing peer mistreatment at school.

 

For main website, click title above or here: http://www.youthvoiceproject.com/

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Safe School Ambassadors® (SSA) | Community Matters

Safe School Ambassadors® (SSA) | Community Matters | Safe Schools & Communities | Scoop.it

"The key to having safer schools - as well as increasing attendance, achievement and graduation rates - is by adopting and implementing an Inside-out Approach, one that focuses on:
Strengthening the relationships among the youth and adults
Viewing students as resources and contributors
Utilizing restorative justice practices and policies
Changing the social norms that allow bullying to occur."

http://community-matters.org/

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Not On Our Campus | Not in Our Town

Not On Our Campus | Not in Our Town | Safe Schools & Communities | Scoop.it

"Not In Our Town’s mission is to guide, support and inspire people and communities to work together to stop hate and build safe, inclusive environments for all.
On NIOT.org, you will find over 100+ short films to view and discuss with your community, more than 50 school films with accompanying lesson plans and activity guides, andsample materials from towns who have stood up—and worked to prevent hate and intolerance from taking a hold in their communities. Special collections include what to do when a hate group comes to town, how to address hate on your campus, and how to start an anti-bullying campaign.

Combining media, resources and engagement programs, Not In Our Town works to create a world where:
* communities are standing together against hate
* students and school leaders are working together to prevent bullying and intolerance
* law enforcement is working with communities to prevent hate violence
 Connect with us at info@niot.org or 510-268-9675 and learn more about how to start a Not In Or Town campaign, start a NIOT group in your town, launch a Not In Our School project, host a screening, or share your story with us."
 http://www.niot.org/project/notonourcampus

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Standing Up, Not Standing By: Cyberbullying Toolkit | Common Sense Media

Standing Up, Not Standing By: Cyberbullying Toolkit | Common Sense Media | Safe Schools & Communities | Scoop.it

"Every day, you see how cyberbullying hurts students, disrupts classrooms, and impacts your school's culture. So how should you handle it? What are the right things to do and say? What can you do today that will help your students avoid this pitfall of our digital world?
We created this free toolkit to help you take on those questions and take an effective stand against cyberbullying. So start here. Use it now. Rely on it to start your year off right." Common Sense Media

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/cyberbullying-toolkit

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Restorative Justice in Practice, Part 2: How to Get Started | Community Matters

Restorative Justice in Practice, Part 2: How to Get Started | Community Matters | Safe Schools & Communities | Scoop.it

By William Grace Frost and Rick Phillips: "As we wrote about in Part 1, Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices stand as both a philosophy of discipline and an approach whose time has come. Restorative Practices teach social-emotional skills and help build a strong caring community that experiences fewer harmful acts of mistreatment. Restorative Justice moves schools away from punishing students for their harmful acts towards helping them correct their behavior, thus restoring a sense of community and well-being for all those who have been impacted, as well as the school at large. The restorative approach can be challenging at first since it defies deeply-held notions about the use of power and control, and the urge to punish a student for having misbehaved. In order for restorative practices to take hold and be successful, a series of shifts must first take place."

See more at: http://community-matters.org/blog/post/restorative-justice-in-practice-part-2-how-to-get-started#sthash.LKIHkjgC.IyuOGWpY.dpuf  

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Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment

Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment | Safe Schools & Communities | Scoop.it
As executive director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Fania Davis sees programs like hers as part of the way to end the school-to-prison pipeline.

 

For full post, click on title above or here: 

http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/education-uprising/where-dignity-is-part-of-the-school-day

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No Bully

No Bully | Safe Schools & Communities | Scoop.it

"No Bully’s mission is to bring innovative, sustainable solutions to bullying and harassment in schools.
 

No Bully® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  It began in San Francisco in 2003 as a collaboration of educators, psychologists and lawyers committed to preventing the current generation of students from enduring the bullying that they experienced when they were in school. Today, No Bully is helping schools in California and across the nation - from Hawaii to Delaware - stop bullying and transform into learning communities which are inclusive of everybody."  

 

For more information, click on title above or here: 
http://www.nobully.com/

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Santa Clara County Events and Resources to Support Youth Development

Santa Clara County Events and Resources to Support Youth Development | Safe Schools & Communities | Scoop.it

http://bit.ly/community_connections

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How Can We Improve School Discipline? Osher, Baer, Sprague, & Doyle

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Eliminating Excessive and Unfair Exclusionary Discipline in Schools: Policy Recommendations for Reducing Disparities. Losen, D., Hewitt, D., & Toldson, I. (2014)

To download the document, please click on the title above. 

 

For more information about the Discipline Disparities Research-To-Practice Collaborative, please visit: http://rtpcollaborative.indiana.edu/

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National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across The Lifespan

National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across The Lifespan | Safe Schools & Communities | Scoop.it

"The NPEIV is an overarching group of individuals, organizations, agencies, coalitions, and groups that embraces a national, multi-disciplinary and multicultural commitment to violence prevention across the lifespan. The newly-formed organization is committed to reducing interpersonal violence and its consequences through scientific research and application of empirical findings. Through its many partnerships and collaborations, the NPEIV is beginning to make great strides in pursuing this goal and becoming an umbrella partnership of the many organizations, agencies, and advocate/victims working to end interpersonal violence in the U.S."

For more information, please click on title above or visit here:
http://www.npeiv.org/

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Best Practices Registry | Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Best Practices Registry | Suicide Prevention Resource Center | Safe Schools & Communities | Scoop.it

 "The purpose of the Best Practices Registry (BPR) is to identify, review, and disseminate information about best practices that address specific objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. The BPR is a collaborative project of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). It is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)." 

http://www.sprc.org/bpr

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