The outcomes of the needs assessment will be discussed with parents, students, teachers and staff, and will serve as a guide in developing a comprehensive program that targets bullying. Bullying can result in serious consequences for students and schools. The National Resource Center for Safe Schools (2001) reported that an estimated 30 percent of children are regularly bullied or involved in bullying. This raises some serious concerns for schools. Engaging in bullying type behavior contributes to having lower achievement and attendance rate, as well as high rate of juvenile crimes (Banks, 2000). Group counseling will be an effective method of targeting bullying. The targeted groups will be allowed to communicate with each other in an attempt to develop a personal connection. Teachers need to be trained in bullying prevention as part of their classroom guidance unit. They need to have good classroom management skills, so that they are able to deter bullying behaviors. Teachers need to know how to identify and intervene in bullying attacks. Understanding bullying and taking action makes a difference.
Personally as someone who experienced bullying growing up, talking to other people about my feelings or experience was difficult. The fear of things getting worst always prevented me from seeking help. This program helps break down barriers and empower students to speak up and
Madison Community Unit School District services students grades K-12 and they have a support center that houses these same grade levels for challenged children. Children who display violence, and who are overly aggressive with students and teachers, during the school year are also sent to the support center. Ultimately, this is done as a means of attempting to reshape behavior that could ultimately result in some students being expelled for the remainder of the school year, or being sent to an alternative school. The demographic makeup of the Junior and senior high school is a matriculation of 300 students, which consist of 92.2% black, 4.8% white, 1.2% Hispanic, and 1.8% of two or more races. This school provides service to a base of 99% low income student, 11% of these students have an IEP, and the total number of students followed by the counselor equates to 199 students amongst Jr high and high school. The graduation rate is 82% which is rather high, but the percentage that is college ready is 6% and that seems rather low to me. The Counseling techniques utilized by the counselor is 50% career development and 50% educational improvement. There is a high need for social emotional training as well as the entire school needs to be addressed about bullying. Its evidence of this behavior taking place with the females, and the school is curious if it is happening with the males too. I will be tasked in the upcoming future, with creating a group for
My field placement is at Mesa Middle School, the home of the rattlers. Mesa Middle School is composed of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. At Mesa Middle School they offer a variety of services for their students. They provide crisis intervention, they assist the children with conflict resolution, and as well anger management. They also assist the children in understanding and accepting self and others, and finally, they help the children with any physical or emotional needs that can possibly be interfering with their academic success. The middle school does not offer many groups. The groups they do have are task groups. The sole purpose of these groups is to educate staff and help them develop fresh ideas to better the middle school. A rising issue the middle school has been struggling with is bullying. I have observed bullies being held accountable for their actions, but the children who are bullied are given no emotional support or guidance. These children who are bullied often end up having deeper issues in result to the bullying. These issues begin to affect their overall success in school. The middle school is in need of some type of support for these children. I feel a group would be very effective in helping meet this need because it would allow for these kids to get the support and guidance they need.
A location and time for the program’s meeting must be established, as well as the frequency of meetings. When choosing a location, it’s important to make sure that there will be privacy, comfort, and no distractions. The location must be appropriate for the size of the group. With such a large target audience, it will be necessary to have several different groups. The groups can be separated by grade, with about 20 – 25 students in each group. These groups would meet during their health classes during school hours, but without regular teachers and/or administrators in the rooms, so that the adolescents feel comfortable.
In the past, we have directed our efforts towards a program called backpack buddies known for collecting donation that includes nonperishable foods and toiletries items which are given to families with elementary aged children in need throughout the community. This year we wanted to do something different. We wanted to find a new direction to take when tackling the driving issues in our community. When we began to brainstorm, one of the first things that crossed our minds was the fact that bullying has found its way into our schools and has been with the walls of where students go to spend most of their days for as long as we can remember. Once we chose to expand on this topic the youth council and our advisor Ms. Felisa took the idea and ran with it.
These skills and behaviors can be introduced to students in lessons and classroom discussions. Some of the intensive interventions consist of support to both victims and bullies through group therapy and individual counseling. Obtaining parent support for these children is a important component of intervention initiatives. The goals of these programs are to empower adults and children to take the appropriate steps to stop bulling when and where it occurs and to teach children positive behaviors and interpersonal skills. “Effective prevention efforts mobilize a school’s most vital resource- the students- to be a school’s most powerful force in fostering a caring culture in which all students can grow and learn”( Feinberg,2003).
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a school-based and research-based program that prevents bullying in all forms and addresses other inappropriate behavior among children in our community. This program has been implemented in elementary and middle schools throughout **** County such as ****. This program is currently funded by the **** County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc. and a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The grants that have been obtained are currently funding training at the 6 involved schools for administrative staff and classroom teachers. Presently, the needs for training materials and incentives for students and staff are under met.
We continued to think about what topic to choice for the program and come up with three engaging activities for 6th-8th graders. I picked the topic were students are introduced to the concept
This task is not just simply choosing a venue and having everyone agree. We are fortunate to have an excess of fifty students as part of our program. This means however different opinions and different financial constraints of the members as well as guidelines from school administration.
This project will encourage long-term career development to establish values that’ll stay with the individual throughout their life. Every class/lecture/service offered will have a heavy emphasis on commitment to work and willingness to input effort to excel. We’ll rely mainly on regular volunteers and donations. I’d work together with other services, such as local libraries, clothing/grocery stores, charity causes, and hire participants of our program to practice their work skills and raise money to fund my organization.
The public school system has been governed by landmark cases and school law throughout history. One of the early cases was Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 where the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional for states to have separate public schools for black and white students (Hubbard, 2014). Since 1954, the public school system has had a series of landmark cases which effect educational law such as Tinker v. Des Moines (1969), New Jersey vs. T.L.O. (1985), Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier (1988), and Individuals with Disabilities Act (1990). The State and Supreme Courts have ruled on everything from Freedom of Speech to Special Education.