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Bullying Prevention & Intervention

Kindness, Empathy, and Compassion as a Proactive Approach:

Interestingly, when most of us see the words kindness and compassion we often think of how the world should treat each other. For now, I want to focus attention on our circle of control. As Stephen Covey explains, we have the ability to create a space between a stimulus and a response, and in between is a our freedom to choose. While this concept is inspiring; practicing it can be quite difficult. It requires self-discipline and attention to our choices. Our students are supported to practice and develop skills of curiosity, perseverance, and compassion. These traits help our students live out the 7 Habits which includes developing skills necessary for self-compassion and strong boundaries. They have the opportunity at Village Tech to learn more about who they are (character) while they are at school each week. We are supporting people (with the tools and knowledge) to build themselves.

Many traditional approaches to bullying focus on the negative behaviors of bullying. Instead, at Village Tech, we choose to focus on the positive attributes of kindness, empathy, and compassion to combat meanness and bullying. Susan Kaiser Greenland, an expert teacher of mindfulness to children, studies and writes about the importance for self-compassion in our children and adults states, "teaching strong, personal boundaries always begins with self-compassion." This is an antidote for bullying.

Some of these tools are learning the 7 Habits, exploring and practicing personal and interpersonal skills for development, and providing opportunities to be more mindful of the feelings about our instinctive emotions; such as excitement, anger, frustration, etc... Maya Angelou said, "Now that I know better, I do better.”

Bullies tend to not accept responsibility for their actions but instead blame others.

Every February, we celebrate Kindness Week, join us in celebrating and discovering more about acts of kindness, empathy toward others, and compassion for others as well as ourselves.

David’s Law

Staff Training & Education

Includes a provision for school districts to provide training for all school staff, including, but not limited to, teachers, aides, support staff, on preventing, identifying, and responding to bullying.

  • Bully Prevention Training for Administrators, Teachers, and Staff
  • Kognito online module available to staff
  • Counseling Services provides a yearly training to staff on prevention and how to minimize impact through social emotional competencies.

Village Tech Schools Action on Bullying:

Village Tech Schools has a number of programs, resources, and activities in place to educate students, parents, and staff on how to stay safe.

Elementary

  • Future idea: Anti-bullying commercials written and produced by students
  • Counseling sessions individual and groups
  • Weekly SEL lessons discussing levels of interpersonal relationships- friendship to conflict resolution
  • Leagues and Crews
  • Red Ribbon Week includes bullying prevention
  • RAK Week
  • Future Idea: Peer Mediation
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People- education curriculum as part of school-wide prevention
  • Parent and Student information sessions about cyberbullying along with a discussion

Middle School

  • SEL lessons discussing levels of interpersonal relationships- friendship to conflict resolution
  • Assemblies from Aim for Success
  • Circles
  • Red Ribbon Week includes bullying prevention
  • Open-door policy to report bullying
  • RAK Week (annually)
  • Staff Training on Anti-Bullying
  • Future Idea: Peer Mediation
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People- education curriculum as part of school-wide prevention

High School

  • Counseling provided to At-Risk Students
  • Assemblies from Aim for Success
  • Circles
  • Open-door policy to report bullying
  • RAK Week
  • Staff Training on Anti-Bullying
  • Future Idea: Peer Mediation
  • Future Idea: Movie viewing
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: education curriculum as part of school-wide prevention

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