Setting the Tone: A Connected School Approach to Creating Bully-Free Classrooms
To prevent bullying, educators need to shift their thinking, shift their actions, and start modeling noncoercive intervention. Getting everyone connected, establishing firm bottom lines, forming agreements, and holding everyone accountable to the agreements are the critical elements to creating schools that are achieving, caring, and safe. SETTING THE TONE asks educators to self-evaluate their present beliefs and practices in light of the latest research on behavior and bullying prevention. It then provides educators a step-by-step plan for creating connected classrooms and allows teachers to manage agreements rather than trying to manage students.
When it comes to bullying, SETTING THE TONE opens our eyes to the power of establishing realistic expectations of students, staff, and communities and moves us beyond blame and shame, excuses, and rote apologies. Establishing a connected school that won’t stand for bullying empowers our future leaders by teaching them how to implement core beliefs when it comes to respect, relationships, and restitution. Setting the Tone is a must have tool for all building leaders. Tommy Schmolze, EdD, Assistant Superintendent and Executive Director of Pupil Services, Fort Mill School District, South Carolina
SETTING THE TONE transcends the current reward/punishment ideology toward bullying with one founded in Perceptual Control Theory, emphasizing positive and respectful interpersonal relationships, shared agreements, and accountability for promoting learning communities, which are safe, connected, and conducive to academic achievement. These strategies need to be brought to all school districts yesterday! Patty Weigand, MS, BCBA Program Support Specialist, Behavior Santa Fe Public Schools
Reading this book, I realized how many school-based behavior management programs are coercive in nature. As educators when we model coercion, we teach coercion. SETTING THE TONE lays a nice framework for the importance of building relationships using class meetings and group discussions. Educators who view behavior as purposeful, focus on the social environment by forming shared agreements, and intentionally devote class time to bullying prevention will help students become members of a connected school community. Patti Agatston, PhD Prevention/Intervention Center
Based on the work of William T. Power, Dan Olweus and others sessions are designed to provide participants a chance to explore the ideas shared in SETTING THE TONE: A CONNECTED SCHOOL APPROACH TO CREATING BULLY-FREE CLASSROOMS. Key learning concepts include:
• Understanding the difference between traditional approaches to bullying and an approach based on Perceptual Control Theory (PCT)
• Defining bullying
• Exploring ways to create a more connected environment through the development of a continuum of agreements. (e.g. bottom line, my job-your job, social contract)
• Practicing ways to intervene in bullying situations while maintaining the connection
Through interactive activities and self-reflection together, we will explore the latest research on bullying, and human behavior.
This session is best as a full day or multiple day session. The interactive nature of this session keeps individuals engaged. The self-reflective and depth of content allows for time between sessions for integration of key concepts. Yearlong school wide programs are available and will be custom designed.
*A two-hour parenting session is also available.
All sessions will be customized to your setting!
The following delivery options are usually available:
• One-hour keynote intended to peak interest
• 1/2 Day session to explore the basic ideas
• Full day to gain understanding of the concepts
• Multi-Day to gain understanding and integrate concepts