Your school has a bullying problem and you know it. It's why you are here. But perhaps there is a majority of people in your school who say, "We don't have a bullying problem." You need to open their eyes to see the often hidden, underlying world of peer aggressionand and enlist support to join you as an agent of change who is fiercely dedicated to making that school a safer place. Every school has a bullying problem. Some may say, "That doesn't happen here, these are good kids." These are good kids. Too often, below the veneer these good children, covert aggression and bullying is a pervasive part of peer culture and it is happening below the radar screen of most adults.. This is the problem. Once you own the problem, you can address it and you can tackle it.
The Ophelia Project's most effective programs were carried out in schools by impassioned people who believed in a safe social culture for all members of the school community. These leaders were teachers, counselors, principals, parents, and students (yes, students!) who saw the need for a change in the school culture and worked hard to make the school a better place.
- If you have tried an intervention program and it did not last, you are not alone. Here's our list of why many anti-bullying efforts fail. Sometimes, repeated efforts are needed to create lasting change in the social culture of your classroom or school. Click here for a list of best practices in creating systemic change.
- Do you want to start change in your own classroom? Read about The Five Critical Steps for a framework on how to observe peer aggression and intervene effectively while setting up a safe social culture.
- Do you want quick and easy strategies and resources that you can implement in your everyday classroom without formal lesson plans or a full curriculum? Choose a strategy below:
- Do you want formal lesson plans and programs for teaching students about peer aggression? Choose a curriculum below:
- Are you ready to take on school-wide systemic change with a comprehenisve initiative for parents, students, and teachers? Learn about CASS: Creating A Safe School.