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Website Icon Aggression Replacement Training
The ART program combines anger control training, social skills training, and moral reasoning education in an attempt to alter the behavior of chronically aggressive adolescents with anti-social behavior (ASB) problems. The goal of the program is ...

Website Icon Building Assets-Reducing Risks
Building Assets-Reducing Risks (BARR) is specifically designed for 9th grade students to promote positive engagement and bonding in the 9th grade and beyond. Strategies of school engagement are blended together with high expectation and positive ...

PDF Icon Bullying & Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Needs
Children with physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional and sensory disabilities are more likely to be bullied than their peers. Any number of factors such as social skill challenges or intolerant environments may increase their risk. ...

Website Icon Bullying in Schools: An Overview
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (OJJDP) produces a Bullying in Schools bulletin series that summarizes findings from OJJDP-funded research on peer victimitization. In this edition, researchers from the National Center for School ...

PDF Icon Bullying of LGBT Youth - Fact Sheet
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, or those perceived as LGBT, may be teased and bullied by their peers. Educators, health professionals, parents, and other concerned adults can make a difference in the lives of LGBT youth. This ...

Website Icon BySTANDer Revolution - Take the Power Out of Bullying
Bystander Revolution differs from many other anti-bullying organizations in that it offers solutions for bystanders and allies, in addition to the targets of bullying. Hundreds of unscripted videos featuring students, celebrities, and leaders ...

Website Icon Common Sense Media Curriculum - Administrators, Teachers, Counselors
Go way beyond Internet safety! Turn students into great digital citizens. Get all the tools you need with this FREE Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum and Parent Media Education Program. The relevant, ready-to-use instruction helps you ...

Website Icon Cyber Smart! 21st Century Skills for Education
This site provides free, online professional development workshops for teachers designed to help develop skills and strategies for supporting students in the effective and appropriate use of technology in meeting student learning needs and promoting ...

Website Icon Get Real About Violence
A K-12 anti-violence curriculum designed for participation by the entire school community. Targets a wide range of violent behavior: bullying, teasing, spreading rumors among younger children, and threats and assaults in later years. Students are ...

PDF Icon Guiding Principles – A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline
Published by the U.S. Department of Education, this resource guide draws from emerging research and best practices to describe three key principles and related action steps to assist states, school districts, charter school operators, school ...

PDF Icon Hello! Students Have a Right to Privacy in their Cell Phones
Indiscriminate searches of students’ cell phones threaten students’ privacy rights in ways that have never before been possible. This report by ACLU of California, addresses the intersection of technology and student rights-the searches and seizures ...

Website Icon It’s STILL Elementary – Talking about Gay Issues in School
Part of Groundsparks Respect for All Project facilitating the development of inclusive, bias-free schools and communities; Its STILL Elementary presents a moving story about the power to ignite positive social change through documentary film and ...

Website Icon Kidsdata.org
Serving as a gateway to comprehensive data about the health and well being of children across California, this website makes it easy to monitor trends and pinpoint disparities. Users can easily find shareable data from more than 35 trusted public ...

Website Icon Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is a school-wide program designed to improve peer relations to prevent and/or reduce bullying in the elementary and junior high school setting. OBPP has also been adapted successfully for high school ...

Website Icon Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy and Practice 2016 - NEW!
Bullying behavior is a major public health problem demanding the concerted and coordinated time and attention of parents, educators/administrators, health care providers, policymakers, and others concerned with the care of children. Preventing ...

PDF Icon Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools
Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools was funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help high schools, school districts, and their partners design and implement strategies to prevent suicide ...

Website Icon Steps to Respect: Bullying Prevention for Elementary School
Bullying prevention program for 3rd-6th grade. Training encompasses all staff, including a family overview session. Staff assess current practices and implement strategies to increase awareness and responsiveness, help students victimized by ...

Website Icon Teaching Tolerance (for teachers)
Teaching Tolerance is a national education project dedicated to helping teachers foster equity, respect, and understanding in the classroom and beyond. This website offers excellent classroom activities as well as tremendously useful resources for ...

PDF Icon Warning Signs that a Child is Being Bullied
Bullying among children is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. Typically, it is repeated over time. Bullying can take many forms, such as hitting, teasing or name-calling, intimidation using ...

Website Icon Al's Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices
Skills-based intervention promoting resilience through the development of skills such as self control, problem solving, positive social relationships and healthy choices. Classroom teachers use teaching approaches learned in the Al's Pals training ...

Website Icon American Educational Research Association - Research File: Bullying Prevention & School Safety
School safety, including the prevention of bullying, is a top national priority and a key area of academic research. In recent years, AERA and its journals have examined many aspects of bullying and school safety. This compendium of articles ...

Website Icon Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Bullying & Cyberbullying Prevention
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) promotes respectful schools and communities offering a comprehensive anti-bullying/cyberbullying initiative. The website features a wide range of resources devoted to bullying prevention and anti-bias education ...

PDF Icon Best Practices in Bullying Prevention and Intervention
Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. Often, it is repeated over time and can take many forms. A review of existing bullying prevention programs and feedback from educators in the ...

Website Icon Bully-Proofing Your School - BPYS
BPYS is a nationally recognized comprehensive school safety program. Designed for handling bully/victim problems through the creation of a caring majority of students trained to take the lead in establishing and maintaining a safe and caring ...

Website Icon Bullying 101 for School Principals: What Principals Should Know and Be Able to Do
Hazelden and the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation (NAESPF), in partnership with Clemson University, present a bullying prevention distance-learning course for school principals. This three-hour course gives ...

Website Icon Bullying and Hate Motivated Behavior Prevention
This compilation of resources offered by the California Department of Education includes: frequently asked questions, prevention programs, policy and implementation ideas, and suggestions for parents. A brief definition of bullying is provided, ...

Website Icon Bullying Hurts
Bullying can be physical, verbal, or psychological. In this 16-minute video presentation, Christine Laehle explains bullying and teasing, types of bullying, characteristics and warning signs of a target and a bully, and bystander effect. Laehle ...

Website Icon Bullying Prevention and Response Training Course @ StopBullying.Gov
StopBullying.gov encourages discovering your role in bullying prevention! A 1.5-hour online course is now available at the StopBullying.gov website. The course provides guidance on how to take a public health approach to bullying prevention ...

Website Icon Bullying Prevention Resource Guide
A resource guide produced as a result of 3.5 years participation by schools, districts and nonprofit organization in The Colorado Trusts Bullying Prevention Initiative. Presents a variety of information and tools proven useful to BPI grantees ...

Website Icon Bullying Statistics
Statistics show bullying and harassment has become a huge problem. This website is intended to help educate the public on bullying issues - in schools, in the workplace and adults and youth who bully. The site offers information and resources on ...

Website Icon California Department of Education School Safety Resources
The California Department of Education's Safe Schools web page offers a list of available training opportunities, resources and technical assistance to help establish school/community environments that are physically and emotionally safe, well ...

Website Icon California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
This site provides information related to selected child welfare programs. Programs featured on the site are being used in California to promote child and family well-being. Resources are listed by topic areas including behavior management, parent ...

Website Icon Caring School Community (CSC)
A key feature of this universal K-6 school climate program is the school-wide implementation of the model. CSC focuses on strengthening students’ connectedness to school thereby increasing academic motivation and achievement and reducing drug use, ...

Website Icon Center for Safe Schools
A statewide clearinghouse for educators, law enforcement, parents and others on school safety and youth violence prevention. Located in Pennsylvania, it is one of 20 Statewide School Safety Centers in the nation. CSC offerings include professional ...

Website Icon Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV)
Housed at the University of Colorado Boulder, the CSPV disseminates information/resources, offers technical assistance and conducts research related to understanding and preventing violence, particularly adolescent violence. The website provides a ...

Website Icon Common Sense Media--Standing up, Not Standing By: A Free Toolkit for Educators
This free toolkit supports educators in preventing cyberbulying, which hurts students, disrupts classrooms, and impacts school culture. The resources include lessons for students, resources for parents, and strategies for handling cyberbullying ...

Website Icon Community Action Planning: "Building Prevention and Response Training Module"
These Bullying Prevention Training Module materials are designed to support community and school efforts in the presentation of research-based resources that can help lead bullying prevention efforts. Slides help present the latest information and ...

Website Icon Community Matters
The programs and services of Community Matters include components of the Whole School Climate Framework. They are modular, providing the flexibility to address a school's specific culture, needs and goals: Cyberbullying Solutions Safe School ...

Website Icon Conscious Discipline
A program that integrates classroom behavior management strategies with social-emotional learning to increase self-regulation and improve classroom and school climate. Emotional intelligence is addressed for both adults and children. Teachers learn ...

Website Icon Coping and Supporting Training (CAST)
A community/school-based prevention program that teaches life skills in a positive peer group setting to build resiliency against risk factors and control early signs of emotional distress and substance abuse. All participants work and support one ...

Website Icon Curriculum-Based Support Group (CBSG) Program
Group intervention designed to increase resiliency and reduce risk factors among students in kindergarten through middle school who are identified by school counselors and faculty as being at elevated risk for early substance use and future ...

Website Icon Direct From the Field: A Guide to Bullying Prevention
Developed as a joint project of three state agencies in Massachusetts, Direct from the Field was designed to assist educators in creating a bullying prevention program to meet the unique needs of their respective communities. The Guide includes ...

Website Icon Educators for Social Responsibility - ESR
ESR works directly with educators to implement systemic practices that create safe, caring, and equitable schools so that all young people succeed in school and life, and help shape a safe school. The website includes information on professional ...

Website Icon Embracing Digital Youth
A new website created by Nancy Willard, director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use. Her book, Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats was the first book published in the world addressing this critical issue. The website promotes ...

PDF Icon Enhancing Cultural Competence in Social Service Agencies: A Promising Approach to Serving Diverse Children & Families/Agencies/Departments
Produced by the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children Familes, this brief summarizes the state of the field on cultural competence in social services. It gives service providers and administrators concrete ...

Website Icon Fix School Discipline
Produced by the Public Counsel of California, this website contains a toolkit to support and guide schools in addressing discipline and creating positive climates for student learning and wellness. Numerous resources are listed and specific ...

Website Icon General Guidance on Bullying: Bullying Prevention and Response
In this 11-minute video, Karen Meyers of the Orange County Department of Education summarizes California laws regarding bullying and discusses factors districts may want to consider when responding to bullying allegations. This presentation ...

Website Icon Girls Circle and The Council for Boys and Young Men
One Circle Foundation offers three models Girls Circle, The Council for Boys and Young Men, and Womens Circle. The programs employ evidence-based principles of a strengths-based approach, motivational interviewing strategies and a strong focus on ...

PDF Icon Guide for Preventing and Responding to School Violence
The purpose of this document is to present different strategies and approaches for members of school communities to consider when creating safer learning environments. It includes sections on Crisis Planning and Preparation, How to Respond during a ...

PDF Icon Hamilton Fish Institute: The 411 on Bullying
The Hamilton Fish Institute compiled this comprehensive research-based document on the topic of bullying. Starting with the basic 4-1-1 that includes a definition, normal conflict vs. bullying behaviors, common examples and types of bullies and ...

Website Icon Incredible Years Program
Curriculum based program for students, teachers and parents of students pre-kindergarten to middle school. Skills based group learning to promote social emotional and behavioral competence. Parent and child competencies are developed in tangent with ...

Website Icon KiVa Antibullying Program
A school-wide intervention that addresses individual-, classroom-, and school-level factors. Manuals and curricula are developmentally targeted, for grades OneThree, FourSix, and SevenNine. Materials are available to provide information and advice ...

Website Icon Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence
A comprehensive life skills program designed for schoolwide and classroom implementation for grades 6-8 (ages 10-14). The program employs a variety of instructional strategies, including inquiry, discussion and group work. Eighty 45-minute ...

Website Icon National Center for Learning Disabilities
The National Center for Learning Disabilities has partnered with The Bully Project to draw attention to the nationwide problem of bullying and to commit time and resources to prevent and stop bullying of children with learning disabilities. This ...

Website Icon National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. NCTSNs collaboration of frontline providers, researchers, and ...

Website Icon National School Climate Center (NSCC)
A safe and supportive school environment nurtures social, ethical, and academic growth. NSCC focuses on promoting a healthy learning climate by providing a variety of resources, programs, and best practices related to bullying prevention and ...

Website Icon NOBullying.com: The Movement Against Bullying
Nobullying.com is an information portal for parents, teens and educators seeking help online for bullying and cyberbullying prevention. Includes the most up-to-date resources, articles and forums covering bullying and cyberbullying issues. Find ...

Website Icon Not The Target
Not the Target provides individual counseling services and anti-bullying programs for schools, students, parents and therapists. The website offers information on bullying and cyberbullying prevention training, resources and more. ...

Website Icon One Circle Foundation
The One Circle Foundation assists communities and agencies in recognizing and reporting abuse and neglect; development of school based support systems for mandated reporters and creating public service announcements. The organization is dedicated ...

Website Icon Overcoming the Bystander Effect
Bullying. Most people sometimes freeze or react poorly because they don’t understand the reality of what is happening. They may be in disbelief or don’t know what to do. Young people need to be taught the skills needed to prevent and stop bullying ...

Website Icon Point Break
The Point Break program is designed to improve the behaviors, values and attitudes of middle- and high-school students on their campuses and in their communities, intervening before acts of bullying, hatred or violence occur. As a result, better ...

Website Icon Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a framework for achieving improved academic and behavioral outcomes for all students. It guides intervention at the school and district level by a structure to support the adults and students ...

Website Icon Project Cornerstone
A YMCA of Silicon Valley initiative offering programs for students, teachers/staff and parents/caregivers to prevent bullying and promote a positive school climate/culture. Student workshops address consequences of bullying and how to identify and ...

Website Icon Promote Prevent - Preventing Bullying
This organization designs, delivers and evaluates innovative programs to address challenges and promote safe and healthy schools. The website provides an extensive collection of resources related to bullying to help communities, educators, ...

Website Icon Que Es El Acoso - StopBullying.gov Espanol Website
Like the English language version, the new site provides parents, teachers and community leaders with resources they need to prevent bullying. Explore the new site for research and best practices on cyberbullying, prevention and response. You will ...

Website Icon Ripple Effects Whole Spectrum Intervention System
A computer-based program for students that has 140 topics for 6-12 year olds and 390 topics for 13-17 year olds. Topics can be customized for the individual student and address social-emotional competencies such as assertiveness, decision-making, ...

Website Icon Safe Communities ~ Safe Schools Pre-Planning Assessment Handbook
The Handbook is intended to aid school-community planning teams in identifying areas of strength and weakness that could affect school and community safety. Includes instructions, scoring sheets and the following checklists: Parent/Community ...

Website Icon Safe School Ambassadors Program
The Safe School Ambassadors (SSA) program is an "inside-out" approach to improving school climate, that relies on social norms change and the power of students to help stop bullying and violence. Student bystanders are a critical and under-utilized ...

Website Icon Say It Straight
Say It Straight (SIS) is a research-based program to help students in grades 3-12 learn skills to communicate and behave in ways that empower them to reduce risky behaviors such as bullying, drug/alcohol/tobacco use, violence and eating ...

Website Icon School Connectedness: Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors Among Youth
Research has shown that young people who feel connected to their school are less likely to engage in many risk behaviors, including early sexual initiation, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, and violence and gang involvement. The guide ...

Website Icon Social Skills Group Intervention (S.S.GRIN)
A social skills program for students in grades 3-5. The focus is on building social problem-solving skills in behavioral, cognitive and emotional areas. The program can be implemented by school counselors, psychologists or social workers in ...

Website Icon Suicide Is Preventable
Know the warning signs for suicide and how to have a direct conversation with someone who may be in crisis. But don't keep this important information to yourself. Help educate others by sharing this website with friends, family and loved ones ...

Website Icon The Great Body Shop
A classroom-based program designed to promote health and prevent substance abuse and violence for children in pre-kindergarten through middle school. The curriculum offers 10 monthly themes, including bullying, nutrition, character education, ...

Website Icon The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments
Schools and communities across the U.S. are contending with many factors that affect conditions for learning, such as bullying, harassment, violence and substance abuse. The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) is ...

Website Icon Tips for Teachers and Parents Following School and Community Violence
The National Association of School Psychologists National Emergency Assistance Team developed this resource for their members to use in schools to help guide presentations with school staff and parents related to school and community violence. It ...

Website Icon Too Good for Violence
Too Good for Violence K-12 is a universal, violence prevention and character education program that teaches character-based skills, attitudes, and behaviors to help students: differentiate between feelings and actions, encourage respect between ...

Website Icon UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools
The UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools offers a number of resources and tools as well as a program clearinghouse and publications to support schools in creating environments for social emotional wellness and academic success. They also have ...

Website Icon UCLA School Mental Health Project
The UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools offers a number of resources and tools as well as a program clearinghouse and publications to support schools in creating environments for social emotional wellness and academic success. Use the website's ...

PDF Icon Understanding and Intervening in Bullying Behavior
This training toolkit (produced by USDEs Safe Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center) is comprised of two modules addressing bullying in classrooms. The 2-part series include: Module 1: Understanding and Intervening in Bullying Behavior, ...

PDF Icon Youth Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention: 2017 Resource Guide
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for U.S. children and youth ages 10 through 24. This guide divides selected resources into seven main sections including evidence-based practices and program planning. There are several notable ...

Website Icon Youth Suicide Prevention and Student Mental Wellness Series Online Courses
Developed with support from the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) for the Region 11 K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative, these no-cost course modules are designed for teachers, administrators, nurses, and district and school ...

Website Icon Zippy's Friends
A school-based program to develop coping and social skills for children ages 5-7. The curriculum includes 24 weekly, 45-60 minute lessons. Teachers receive two days of training on the curriculum, which is organized around six themes: identifying and ...