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No Place for Bullying : Leadership for Schools That Care for Every Student - James E. Dillon

No Place for Bullying

Leadership for Schools That Care for Every Student

Paperback Published: 13th November 2012
ISBN: 9781452216690
Number Of Pages: 288

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Research shows that learning is dependent upon students feeling safe and secure, so preventing and counteracting bullying should be a high priority for any school leader. Written by an experienced, award-winning principal with a proven track record of bully prevention, this book integrates the research and knowledge on effective school leadership with the research and knowledge for effective bullying prevention. James Dillon describes the five paradigm shifts a school principal needs to lead in order to develop the schoolwide will for bully prevention. This book: - Explains why most anti-bullying efforts fail - Offers professional development strategies for equipping school staff to implement anti-bullying policies - Includes information on how to assess and improve overall school climate - Describes how to involve all members of the school community, including parents The book also provides additional useful information such as how to deliver effective presentations to get buy-in from community members and staff, how to collect and analyze data, and sample forms, online video clips, and case studies. An essential tool for any school leader, No Place for Bullying provides more than just the policies and the forms to implement an anti-bullying program-it provides the tools for inspiring the cultural shift necessary to truly combat bullying in schools.

About the Author

Jim Dillon has been an educator for over 35 years, including 20 years as a school administrator. While he was the principal of Lynnwood Elementary in New York, he developed the Peaceful School Bus Program, designed to prevent and reduce bullying, and subsequently published The Peaceful School Bus (Hazelden). The program is now being implemented in schools across the country. Jim was named Principal of the Year in 2007 by the Greater Capital District Principal Center. He received recognition for administrative leadership for character education. In 2010, Lynnwood Elementary was recognized by NYS ASCD for Educating the Whole Child for the 21st Century. Jim was an invited participant and presenter at the first National Summit on Bullying Prevention sponsored by the US Department of Education in 2010 and is a certified Olweus bullying Prevention Program trainer. Jim is currently an educational consultant for Measurement Incorporated. He makes presentations and conducts workshops on a variety of educational topics, including instruction, classroom management, leadership, and supervision. He has presented at many local, state and national conferences. He has four grown children, Ernie, Tim, Brian and Hannah. He and his wife, Louisa, a school social worker, live in Niskayuna, NY.

Industry Reviews

"The book is outstanding. It walks you through the complexity of the issue and gives practical ways to implement the process through staff training activities." -- Holly Leach, Principal
"Just in time! No Place for Bullying is an outstanding example of what is good in education today. This educational toolkit responds to a growing concern for the safety and protection of all students and their rights." -- Marian White-Hood, Director of Academics
"I commend the author for compiling this resource along with the activities within. Bullying happens in most schools, and the knowledge, skills, and applications included in this text will be a great addition to the other resources available on bullying. The activities included are powerful and can be difference makers when trying to change behavior with a variety of stakeholders. WOW!!!" -- Harriet Gould, Adjunct Professor

"There are many shifts and changes in education that take up a great deal of our time as instructional leaders. But what we all must remember is that students cannot learn in an environment that is not safe. In his book, No Place for Bullying: Leadership for Schools That Care for Every Student James Dillon (2012) states, "When in doubt, remind yourself and your colleagues about what really matters: having even one student walk through the school day a little less afraid and more hopeful than the day before" (p. 29).

I was impressed by his organization of the book into the three keys to school climate and culture; the Will, the Skill, and the Follow Through (Infrastructure). He discusses difficulties a school leader may face while trying to find solutions to the problem of bullying. His suggestions for how to overcome those difficulties include multiple approaches that could be used in any situation.

Dillon's approach is very administrator-friendly. He provides all the tools to begin formulating a plan with staff for addressing bullying. Each chapter begins with background information based on current research, a summary, and activities to do with staff. The activities are engaging with most using video clips as discussion starters. Most of the activities in the "Will" section of the book could be used to open discussion on any topic, not just bullying.

His background as a school administrator is evident in the book. His recommendations are practical and help put into perspective how the approach of the school leader can have a deep impact on the success of any bullying prevention program. He also addresses many of the issues we all face when trying to get staff on board for a new or changing initiative."

-- Amy Campbell, Middle School Principal
"This book looks at the paradigm shifts that must occur for school-wide bullying programs to be effectively implemented by school administrators. Scores of issues are addressed like the blind spot in bullying prevention, programs and practices, ethical ramifications and solutions. In addition to an appendix of bullying prevention resources, No Place for Bullying also includes an extensive list of references and a well-organized index.

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No Place for Bullying is an educator with 35 years of experience - 10 of them in the role of school administrator. While the book contains useful information for school administrators, No Place for Bullying has a decidedly American slant. Information is presented with an eye to legal and political ramifications. Despite those limitations, school administrators and those searching for extensive research on bullying prevention may find this book highly informative." -- Professionally Speaking: The Magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers

Forewordp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
About the Authorp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The Willp. 11
The Blind Spot of Bullying Preventionp. 12
Public Perception and Reactionp. 13
The Missing Piecep. 13
The Blind Spot Describedp. 14
The Consequences of the Blind Spotp. 15
The Under/Over Barrierp. 15
School Leaders' Rolep. 16
Summaryp. 17
Activities to Address the Blind Spot Problem With Staff or Other Members of the School Communityp. 17
The Moral Purpose and Obligation of Bullying Preventionp. 22
Reasons for Staff Reluctance and Strategies to Address Themp. 23
Priming: Preparing the School Community to Commit to Bullying Preventionp. 26
Summaryp. 29
Activities to Strengthen Moral Commitment and Purposep. 29
How We See It Is How We Solve Itp. 34
Choice Gives Us a Better Chancep. 35
Bullying: Technical or Adaptive Problem?p. 36
Default Mode of Most Schoolsp. 38
Bullying Is an Adaptive Problemp. 39
The Technical Solution That's Not Completep. 40
Summary: What School Leaders Need to Know and Dop. 40
Activities on Perspective and Problemsp. 41
Changing Your Mind(set)p. 48
No Way Outp. 48
Mindset: Definition and Examplep. 49
The Default (Criminal Justice) Mindset on Bullyingp. 50
Educational Mindset on Bullyingp. 51
Educational Mindset in Actionp. 54
Summaryp. 56
Activities for "Changing Your Mind(set)"p. 56
The Skillp. 63
You Can't Bully Your Way to Bullying Preventionp. 64
The Fear of the Principalp. 64
The Principal as Enforcerp. 65
Leadership Style and Bullying Preventionp. 66
The Best (Only) Place to Startp. 67
Five-Point Leadership Inspectionp. 67
The Power of Baby Stepsp. 70
Summaryp. 70
Activities to Reflect on the Use of Powerp. 71
Leadership for Bullying Prevention: What Not to Do and Not to Trunkp. 76
Common Misdirections in Bullying Preventionp. 77
Summaryp. 36
Activities to Address the Misdirections and Misconceptions in Bullying Preventionp. 87
Leading Groups to Leadp. 90
Lessons Learnedp. 91
Creating the Conditionsp. 92
Establishing a Structure for Deliberation and Decision Makingp. 94
Navigating Through the Complex Problem of Bullyingp. 95
Linking the Team to the Larger Group and School Communityp. 98
Summaryp. 101
Activities to "Lead Groups to Lead"p. 102
The Human Face of Datap. 105
Assessing the Problem of Bullyingp. 106
Using Multiple Sources of Datap. 108
Using Focus Groups to Add the Human Face to Datap. 110
Conducting Focus Groupsp. 111
Analyzing the Data From Assessment Instrumentsp. 115
Analyzing the Data From Focus Groupsp. 116
Working With the Bullying Prevention Team to Interpret the Datap. 117
Sharing the Assessment Findingsp. 119
Summaryp. 121
Activity for "The Human Face of Data": Two Sides of the Storyp. 121
"Of the Students, by the Students, for the Students": What School Leaders Need to Knowp. 123
A Rare Glimpsep. 123
The Necessary Shiftsp. 124
The Social Nature of Bullyingp. 126
The Real Challenge for School Leadersp. 129
Begin With the End in Mindp. 130
Leadership and Responsibilityp. 130
Summaryp. 133
Activities for "Of the Students, by the Students, for the Students"p. 133
"Of the Students, by the Students, for the Students": What School Leaders Need to Dop. 137
Implications for Practice: ABCp. 138
Autonomy Practicesp. 138
Belonging Practicesp. 141
Competency Practicesp. 145
Coaching in the Social World of Bullyingp. 148
High Leverage (ABC) Practices Not Specifically Designed for Bullying Prevention (but Worth the Investment)p. 152
Summaryp. 153
Activities to Support Students' Response to Bullyingp. 154
The Follow Through (Infrastructure)p. 157
Leadership for a Changep. 158
Getting Startedp. 158
Stumbling and Struggling: The Rule, Not the Exceptionp. 159
Guiding Principlesp. 159
The Balancing Act of Leadership: How to Respond to Teacher Bullyingp. 162
Leadership Practices That Promote Leadership and Learning (and Prevent and Reduce Bullying)p. 166
Summaryp. 173
Activities for "Leadership for a Change"p. 173
Policies, Programs, and Practicesp. 178
What's the Policy?p. 178
A Review by the U.S. Department of Education/Center for Safe and Supportive Schools of Provisions in State Lawsp. 180
Memo to the Field: Issues of Civil Rights Violationp. 181
Caution: Words Matterp. 183
Bullying Prevention Practices and Programsp. 183
What Research Says About Best Practicep. 183
The Top Ten Practices: A Reliable Sourcep. 184
Best Practice for Best Practicep. 185
Practical Wisdom: Making Policies, Programs, and Practices Workp. 187
Practical Wisdom for Using Programs and Practicesp. 188
Finding Effective Programs/Practicesp. 188
Summaryp. 189
Activity for "Policies, Programs, and Practices": Practical Wisdomp. 190
Discipline in the Right Climate: Rules, Consequences, Supervision, and Interventionp. 192
The Best of Both Worldsp. 192
Applying the Three-Tier Intervention Model to Bullying Preventionp. 193
Rules: Look Closelyp. 194
Supervision of Studentsp. 195
Consequences: Caveatsp. 200
Guidelines for Meeting With Students Involved With Bullyingp. 203
Bullying: Blending In or Standing Out?p. 206
Summaryp. 207
Activities for "Discipline in the Right Climate"p. 208
Beyond the School Building: Parents, the School Bus, and the Digital Worldp. 211
Who's to Blame?p. 211
Leading From Between a Rock and a Hard Placep. 212
No One Is to Blame, but We All Are Responsiblep. 212
School Leaders' Main Task: From Finger-Pointing to Working Togetherp. 212
A Parallel Casep. 214
Implications for School Leadersp. 214
Guidelines for Receiving Complaintsp. 215
Guidelines for Responding to the Complaintp. 216
Guidelines for Communicating With the Parent of a Student Who Bulliedp. 217
Communicating With Parents of Bystandersp. 219
The School Busp. 220
Challenges With the Digital Worldp. 223
Cyberbullying: The School's Responsibility and Authorityp. 224
Summaryp. 227
Activities to Support Concepts in "Beyond the School Building"p. 228
Beyond Bullying Prevention: Climate Change for the Betterp. 231
It Takes Generationsp. 231
The Missing Key Ingredientp. 232
The Flywheel of Bullying Preventionp. 232
The Right Habits for Successp. 233
Servicesp. 234
Ongoing Evaluation of Bullying Preventionp. 234
Integrating Bullying Prevention With the Curriculum, Customs, and Traditions of the Schoolp. 237
Curriculump. 238
Customs and Traditions: Classroom and Schoolp. 239
Planning for Substitute Teachersp. 241
Rituals for Comings and Goingsp. 241
Schoolwide Customs and Traditionsp. 241
Summaryp. 244
Final Thoughtsp. 245
Appendix: Bullying Prevention Resourcesp. 247
Referencesp. 251
Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9781452216690
ISBN-10: 145221669X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 13th November 2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.7  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.6