Mary Dolan

Office for Safe Schools
IBPA Conference
San Diego, California
Building Statewide Bullying Prevention Collaboration
to Support Schools
Mary Dolan
Bullying Prevention Consultant
[email protected]
Office for Safe Schools
Coordinates school safety and security programs
Collection of the annual school violence statistics
Coordination of anti-violence efforts
Development of policies and strategies to combat school violence
Grant Management- Safe Schools Targeted Grants, SRO & School
Police Grants
• Supports and provides technical assistance and professional
development programs in the following areas
– security-related activities to support school safety: crisis intervention,
school police training, violence prevention, and social/emotional
wellness and safety
provides services to all local school entities (LEAs)
• PA Bullying Prevention Support Plan
• Standards Aligned System
– Safe & Supportive Schools Portal-Resources
Safe & Supportive Schools Webinars (S3)
Student Assistance Program (SAP)
OBPP Trainer Certification Courses
School Climate Surveys
National School Climate Leadership Certification
(proposed project)
• Truancy Toolkit
• Multihazard Emergency Planning for Schools
Michael J. Kozup
Director, Office for Safe Schools
[email protected]
333 Market Street, 14th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.705.0353 | Fax: 717.783.2008
Workshop Objectives
1. History of research-based bullying prevention
in Pennsylvania
2. PA Bullying Prevention Support Plan
3. Data-driven decision making
4. Statewide collaboration
PA Bullying
Prevention History
PDE Office for Safe
Schools established
PA BP Support Plan
project begins
Healthy High 5
Increase in State
safe schools
First Olweus
Bullying Prevention
Program in the US.
PA BP Support Plan
25 LEAs received
OBPP Scholarships
25 LEAs
received OBPP
is formed!
Increase in
state safe
Early Partners in PA’s Research-based Bullying
Prevention Efforts
• Pennsylvania Commission on Crime &
Delinquency (PCCD)
• Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)
• Center for Safe Schools, CSIU
• Institute on Family & Neighborhood Life at
Clemson University
– Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP)
Growing Support for Bullying Prevention
• 2006-2011 Highmark Foundation’s Healthy High
Five Initiative
– Windber Research Institute
– Center for Safe Schools
• 2008- Bullying Prevention Legislation
• 2010- Office for Safe Schools, PDE (ACT 104)
• 2011- PA Bullying Prevention Support Plan, PDE
PA Bullying Prevention Support Plan
• History of PA BP efforts
• Data Collection
• Recommendations
PA Bullying Prevention Support Plan
Work began in December 2011
Key partners identified and interviewed
Fact-finding workgroup formed
Statewide surveys conducted
October 2013 Support Plan completed
March 2014 new partnership planned
September 2014 PA Bullying Prevention
Partnership Meeting
6 Recommendations
1. Demonstrate collaborative efforts to expand
and sustain bullying prevention education
and efforts to support safe and secure
learning environments.
2. Build upon the foundation of over one
decade of research-based bullying prevention
6 Recommendations
3. Increase capacity of the PA Bullying
Prevention Network to serve Pennsylvania’s
4. Continue and expand bullying prevention
education for schools communities and
future educators.
6 Recommendations
5. Utilize data to identify and address bullying
prevention needs.
6. Integrate bullying prevention efforts with
school climate initiatives.
Data Collection
• Interviews- early BP partners
– Past efforts and current/future BP goals
• Workgroup
– Professionals involved in the PA BP work over the
past decade
• Statewide Surveys
– PA BP Principals, PA BP Network, Education
Departments (PA Institutions of Higher Ed)
Key Findings
School Principal Survey
Barriers to bullying prevention
• Funding to sustain programs and funding to
release staff for training (substitute costs)
were sited equally as barriers when making
decisions concerning bullying prevention
• Funding to implement programs
• Time to train teaching/support staff were
listed next as barriers.
Workgroup Findings
Statewide infrastructure
Sustainability & fidelity
School climate connection
Integrating BP efforts with other initiatives
Public awareness
Workgroup Findings
• Strengths:
– Data collection
– Statewide BP Network- trainers
– Research
– Research-based BP
– Buy-in
PA Bullying Prevention Network
Funding for new implementation
Buy-in for BP programs
Sustaining efforts
School climate improvement
Fidelity- OBPP implementation
PA Higher Education
Future Teachers Survey
• is working with others to do a task and to achieve shared goals.[
• It is a recursive process where two or more or organizations work
together to realize shared goals,
• this is more than the intersection of common goals seen in cooperative ventures, but a deep, collective determination to reach
an identical objective for example, an endeavor that is creative in
nature[by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus.
• Most collaboration requires leadership, although the form of
leadership can be social within a decentralized and egalitarian
• In particular, teams that work collaboratively can obtain greater
resources, recognition and reward when facing competition for
finite resources.
Formal arrangement for collaboration among
sectors or groups of a community in which
each group retains its identity but all agree to
work together toward the common goal…
Community Anti-Drugs Coalitions of America (CADCA)
Forming a Statewide BP Partnership
1. Who will take the lead?
2. Conduct research on past efforts.
– Who has been at the BP table?
– Past barriers and/or challenges?
3. Identify sectors that “should” be at the table.
4. Examples: Government agencies, prevention
organizations, LEAs, law enforcement,
parents, youth, higher education, etc.
What sectors are represented at your table?
If you are not at the table,
you are on the menu!
(source: unknown- origin seems to point to negotiation work)
Who is Missing?
1. How will you determine the membership
2. Can anyone join the partnership?
3. Who formally invites new members?
Partnership Function
Mission Statement
Core Strategies
Engage individuals in your sector/s and
spheres of influence
Partnership Infrastructure
Productive meetings
Effective ongoing communication
Relationships Matter!
Mission Statement
Through productive collaboration, the mission
of the PA BP Partnership is to communicate
information and resources to schools, families
and communities, which will help advance
efforts to create, transform and sustain safe
and supportive learning environments.
(First Draft- September 25, 2014)
Recommendation #1
• Demonstrate collaborative efforts to expand and
sustain bullying prevention education and efforts to
support safe and secure learning environments.
1-1 Identify leadership and coordination for the advisory or
leadership group. PDE,Office for Safe Schools
1-2 Create a new coalition or expand the existing PA bullying
prevention coalition. PA BP Partnership
1-3 Identify multi-system stakeholders committed to building
ongoing, collaborative partnerships to reduce bullying
behavior in schools and communities.
Members of the PA BP Partnership
Collaborative Efforts continued…
1-4 Establish a framework which would best support a statewide
approach to bullying prevention.
Developing infrastructure of PA BP Partnership
1-5 Identify the mission and goals of a statewide bullying prevention
coalition of advisory group.
Mission statement completed & goals (core strategies) are being
1-6 Establish an effective and transparent communication plan for
coalition members.
Developing online and in-person networking opportunities for members
of the PA BP Partnership
Collaborative Efforts continued...
1-7 Create an open membership atmosphere to
welcome new and emerging partners.
Ongoing commitment to growth of partnership
1-8 Identify students who can give voice to
bullying prevention needs.
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