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Enhancing Bullying Prevention and Intervention Strategies for Staff and Students

Principal Investigator: Anne Williford, PhD

In partnership with Olathe Public Schools, this project seeks to enhance school-based bullying prevention and intervention practices by targeting staff, students, and families.  In several elementary schools in the district, data has recently been collected from students in third through fifth grades as well as from certified (e.g., teachers, counselors, and social workers) and classified (e.g., paraprofessionals, teacher aides, custodial and lunchroom staff) staff.  In an effort to refine their current antibullying efforts, this project will provide policy recommendations, tracking and reporting guidance, on-going training for staff, and classroom activities for students by utilizing up-to-date empirical evidence and these local data.  Future activities also include actively involving parents as supports and allies in these school-based prevention and intervention strategies.

Kansans Against Bullying Project

Principal Investigators: Anne Williford, PhD; Paula Fite, PhD (Clinical Child Psychology Program)

Sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), this project seeks to connect cutting-edge evidence to anti-bullying policy development by providing training, online resources, and technical assistance to K-12 Kansas schools. This project is intended to be a resource for aiding school districts and individual schools in developing and tailoring anti-bullying policy to each district’s/school’s unique needs.  Policy workshops are now being held throughout Kansas.  Based on current evidence, project aims are to define bullying behaviors and the roles children play in a bullying incident; describe who is at risk for being bullied and “hot spots” for bullying; review common consequences and concerns that youth involved in bullying face; provide examples of how to report and track bullying incidents; review common disciplinary actions and sanctions for acts of bullying; outline considerations for staff trainings; and provide considerations for policy development. This project will be implemented July 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. Learn more about the Kansans Against Bullying Project.


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