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Professional Development

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Website (DESE)

Includes general information, news archives, updates and resources which support the implementation of bullying prevention plans in the school districts of the Commonwealth.


Bullying in Schools Discussion Guide from the National Safety Council.


Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) Free web resources and curricula on bullying and cyberbullying from Bridgewater State University.


Teenage Health Module: Violence Prevention Identified by MA DESE as research/evidence based.


Second Step includes the research-based STEPS TO RESPECT program which teaches elementary students to recognize, refuse, and report bullying, be assertive, and build friendships. In fact, a recent study found that the program led to a 31 percent decline in bullying and a 70 percent cut in destructive bystander behavior.


Stop Bullying Now You can order free of charge publications and materials developed by HRSA by calling 1.888.ASK.HRSA.  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Health Resources and Services Administration


Michigan Model for Comprehensive School Health Education  A complete grades K-12 curriculum framework identified by DESE as research/evidence based.


Eyes on Bullying Toolkit  from Education Development Center in Newton, MA


National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center  Provides information and links to resources on bullying and violence prevention for parents, teenagers, schools, and afterschool programs. Sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 


ACT–Adults and Children Together–Against Violence Provides audio, video, and training materials for adults to use to teach young children (ages 0 to 8) nonviolent problem-solving. Includes an extensive and searchable database of publications on violence prevention for children. Developed by the American Psychological Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  

Exploring the Nature and Prevention of Bullying  Provides a five-part online course for teachers, counselors, and school administrators to understand, select, and implement comprehensive bullying prevention programs for school-age children. Developed by Education Development Center, Inc., for the U.S. Department of Education.


PACER National Center for Bullying Prevention  Provides resources for adults about bullying, with a special focus on children with disabilities. Includes information on Bullying Prevention Awareness Week and an animated site for elementary school students. Some content is translated into Spanish, Somali, and Hmong.


PREVNet  Provides information on bullying prevention, including research summaries and toolkits. Created by a national network of researchers and organizations in Canada committed to stopping bullying. Presented in English and French. Sponsored by the Networks of Centres of Excellence, Queen’s University, and York University.


The Berkshire District Attorney's Office offers a variety of training opportunities related to bullying.


Lesson Plans

Cyberbullying: Understanding and Addressing Online CrueltyEntire unit.  PDF download, includes separate units for Elementary, Middle and Secondary. From the Anti-Defamation League.


Building a Classroom Community and Bully Free Zone from PBS Kids for Grades 3-7 with relevant National Standards.

Health Adventures—Cruel Schools  Are you worried about a bully? Do you wonder when it is the best time to get help? Play Cruel Schools and discover solutions to managing anger, getting help, and stopping the violence in schools from Discovery Education. Interactive activity that requires plugin Real Player.


Elementary Lesson Plans and Resources  from the National Center for Bullying Prevention


Teen Resources from the National Center for Bullying Prevention


Resolving Conflicts from Discovery Education

Cruel Schools  from Discovery Education


Words That Heal: Using Children's Literature to Prevent Bullying from the Anti-Defamation League. Includes annotated bibliographies and discussion guides.



Let's Get Real - A video full of the words and thoughts of middle school students. Good focus on teacher and bystander action. Highly recommended for teacher training and for work with bystanders.


Cyberbullying, Cyberthreats & Sexting- approximately 2 hour professional development video presentation (2 parts), with 31 page presentation notes, for principals, school counselors and psychologists, school resource officers, and educational technology personnel. From the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use. Additional videos and student handouts in PDF format are provided here as well. 




Bullying in schools : what you need to know by Paul Langan
This book gives students and teachers an excellent guide for handling a bully.


Bullyproof. A Teacher's Guide on Teasing and Bullying for use with Fourth and Fifth Grade Students, Stein, N.D. & Sjostrom,L., Wellesley, MA: Wellesley College Center for Research on Women.   Tel: 781-283-2510



The bully in the book and in the classroom - C.J. Bott
The Bully in the Book and in the Classroom was written to address the often-invisible problem of bullying in the halls, offices, and classrooms of our schools and to help educators know what to look for and how to react when they witness harassment. Crucial information is provided for teachers, school staff, and parents concerning the behavior of bullies, their targets, and bystanders. Each chapter highlights a different age group and describes the most frequent types of bullying associated with each group. Bott also reviews books recommended for each reading level, from elementary school and middle school titles to more sophisticated reading for high school students. Each review contains an in-depth summary, activities, and quotes from the book. The final section provides resources for teachers, librarians, counselors, administrators, and parents.


More Bullies in More Books by C.J. Bott.
Contains over 350 annotated titles from picture books to high school books. Topics include name calling, being new or different, cliques, gangs, body image and homophobia.


The Bully Free Classroom: Over 100 tips and Strategies for Teachers K-8 by Allan Beane.
Over 100 strategies to prevent bullying by creating a sense of belonging and promoting a peaceful classroom setting.


Stop the bullying : a handbook for teachers - Ken Rigby
Bullying in schools is a growing community concern. We now know that continued bullying at school can damage both the physical and mental health of vulnerable children. This can lead to a severe loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, and difficulty in forming trusting relationships. This practical and research-based book helps teachers appreciate the actions they can take to stop bullying. Teachers will find reproducible activities that help students recognize and effectively deal with a variety of issues related to bullying. This remarkable book will help teachers work with colleagues and parents to make schools safer places for all.


Bullying and harassment : a legal guide for educators - Kathleen Conn
Contents include: Necessary legal background -- School bullies and bullying-- Sexual or gender-based harassment of students -- Other forms of harassment of students - Bullying and harassment of teachers and other school personnel -- Student threats and violence in schools -- Internet-enabled bullying harassment, and threats -- Recommendations and plans for action.


Bullying in secondary schools : what it looks like and how to manage it - Keith Sullivan, Mark Cleary and Ginny Sullivan
This book is a practical guide to dealing with bullying in secondary schools. The authors examine the nature of the secondary school and the typology of the adolescent.


101 facts about bullying : what everyone should know - Meline Kevorkian and Robin D'Antona
101 Facts about Bullying is designed to break down what the research says about bullying and its effects, offering ideas for what can and should be done to minimize or reduce it. Meline Kevorkian systematically discusses topics ranging from relational bullying to cyber bullying to media and video violence to the legal ramifications of bullying debunking myth and uncloaking the facts about bullying and its prevention. 


Other Print Materials

Massachusetts Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs  from the Massachusetts School Counselors Association (MASCA). PDF file.


Bullying Prevention Guide: Direct from the Field The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has published this guide for school personnel on bullying prevention. They surveyed every middle school in Massachusetts and visited elementary and middle schools, both public and independent. This is a free PDF download.


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