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Civic Engagement and Service-Learning with Young Children: Intergenerational Peacemaking Projects MS Word PDF - Peace Games builds on a 10-week core curriculum that focuses on communication, cooperation, conflict resolution and engagement. Teaching teams help students plan and implement service-learning activities called "Peacemaker Projects." This paper outlines some of these projects – including projects designed to lessen instances of bullying and conflict – describes benefits of this approach for elementary school students and young adult volunteers and suggests some basic principles and guidelines for developing and implementing successful Peacemaker Projects. (Education Commission of the States, 2003)...

Student Reports of Bullying: Results from the 2001 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey - This report examines the prevalence and nature of bullying in relation to student characteristics, school characteristics and victimization. The report explores other behaviors that were reported by the victim, such as fear, avoidance behavior, weapon carrying and academic grades; and examines student reports of being bullied by direct means only, by indirect means only and by both direct and indirect means. Among the report's findings: (1) students in schools where gangs were present were more likely to report being the victims of bullying; (2) victims of bullying were more likely to avoid certain areas of the school and certain activities out of fear of an attack; and (3) victims of bullying were more likely to report they carried weapons to school and were engaged in physical fights. (Jill F. DeVoe, Sarah Kaffenberger and Kathryn Chandler, National Center for Education Statistics, July 2005)...

Chasing the Bullies Away MS Word PDF - Bullying is a problem faced in schools across the country. This "Stateline" article discusses its prevalence, the characteristics of bullies and state approaches to confronting the issue. Also included is an outline of a model school plan for student discipline. (Kathy Christie, Phi Delta Kappan, June 2005, Reprinted with permission.)...

Bullying in Schools - Left unaddressed, school bullying can have long-term negative consequences for both victim and bully. Effective programs for reducing bullying – including the “whole-school” approach – involve enlisting the support and involvement of the school’s principal and use multifaceted, comprehensive approaches. Successful programs also will acknowledge local realities and requirements. This report identifies several approaches as having only limited effectiveness, including peer mediation, group therapy for bullies and zero tolerance policies. Appendix A contains a summary of responses to bullying in schools. The report also offers recommendations for further reading on the topic. (Rana Sampson, U.S. Department of Justice, 2002)...

Final Report and Findings of the Safe School Initiative: Implications for The Prevention of School Attacks in the United States - A study, which was conducted by the U.S. Secret Service in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, analyzed data from 37 incidents of targeted school shootings and school attacks from 1974 through June 2000. The report identified bullying as a common feature in the lives of the perpetrators. Particular attention was given to pre-attack behaviors that could be identified and used to predict and prevent future attacks. In 81% of the attacks, at least one person had information that the attacker was thinking about or planning the attack, and in 59% of the attacks, more than one person had similar information. In 83% of the cases an adult had concerns over the attacker’s behavior prior to the attack. (U.S. Secret Service and Department of Education, 2002) ...

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