Tackle underlying issues to get to the root of bullying
James Dillon translates rich and insightful research on the dynamics of change into practical terms, while probing deeply into the issues and why they persist in our schools to promote meaningful conversation among school staff and parents. Inside you’ll find
About the Author
Vignettes, analogies, and real-life examples along with tools that illustrate the benefits of using alternative methods to prevent bullying
Discussion on transforming the role of discipline to reframe bullying among teachers, administrators, and students
Guidance on how to establish a school climate that promotes empathy and compassion instead of fear
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.
"While the book focuses on bullying prevention, the reframing process will change much more! Following the author's ideas has the potential to dramatically and positively reframe a school culture to match the needs of the 21st century learners and educators." -- Scott A. Miller, Teacher "In an easy-to-read format, the author expresses what I have long sensed but had not yet encapsulated in my mind or articulated to myself. As I read I found myself thinking, 'So true...So true.' The author knows exactly what it is like to work within the school setting: It shows in the author's sense of humor and practical approach. With his review and analysis of research in Social Psychology as a foundation, the author reframes the perception of bullying in our schools. It makes great sense." -- Gloria Avolio DePaul, School Counselor "With bullying in our schools intensifying and becoming a dangerous detriment to both the learning process and to the self-esteem of our students, this author provides sound strategies and realistic conversations that must become integral to the reduction and prevention of bullying in the schools." -- Lori L. Grossman, Educational Consultant A worthy contribution to bullying prevention, with rich and concrete suggestions for creating an intervention-oriented curriculum for students. -- Emily Bazelon
Preface Introduction Section One: The Need for Reframing Bullying Prevention 1. Bullying: From a Prank to an Outrage 2. The Frame Determines the Game 3. Bullying in the Frame/Game of Schools 4. How the Frame/Game Shapes Student Identity 5. The Promise of Reframing 6. Reframing Bullying Prevention: Building Community Spirit in Schools Section Two: The Process of Reframing Bullying Prevention 7. Guidelines for Reframing Bullying Prevention 8. Heart Strategies for Reframing 9. "Who" Strategies for Reframing 10. "Do" Strategies for Reframing 11. Checklist for the Six Tenets of Reframing Bullying Prevention: Building Community Spirit 12. Questions and Answers