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Recomendations for School Administrators
Creating Safe, Fair, Healthy and Responsive Schools - A Cross-Systems Approach to Improved Training and School Supports
Phase One: Engage Experts in the Field
In 2005, after the Governor’s Executive Order charging the Children’s Cabinet with the task of exploring contributing factors to teen suicide and self-harm, the Legislature and the Cabinet “Climate Workgroup” identified bullying and harassment as a contributing factor. An ad hoc group formed to research and implement a “Best Practice Guide in Bullying and Harassment Prevention” along with a sample school policy vetted and promoted through Maine School Management, and a website for free downloads.
After three years of bringing training experts in the field of bullying and harassment, civil rights, gender aggression, research, and evaluation together, culminating in a pilot project supported with one-time funds through the 21 st Century Community Learning Centers grant and Children’s Cabinet, eight (8) Core Elements were identified and proposed as the combined elements required for successful systems change at the local school level.
Critical Elements of a Recommended Approach to Create and Ensure Safe, Fair, Responsive Maine Schools
With each school in the K-12 system:
Understanding that not only are there overlaps and duplication in the school staff training audiences required by various agency programs, but also that the eight Core Elements noted for bullying and harassment systems change hold true for many if not all of the prevention programs funded through out state and federally-funded programs. Most importantly, they SHARE THE SAME DESIRED OUTCOME:
“ALL MAINE STUDENTS ATTEND SCHOOLS AND CAN LEARN FEELING THAT SCHOOLS ARE SAFE, HEALTHY, FAIR, AND RESPONSIVE”
Below is the “Prevention Framework” for schools to consider when creating their coordinating teams to reach this shared outcome:
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