For all grade levels, the second edition of Schools Where Everyone Belongs is packed with practical guidelines and proven strategies for implementing a whole-school approach for reducing bullying.
The author draws on theory and research, as well as over two decades of experience as a school counselor and consultant to provide educators with his creative ideas and successful techniques. Interventions to help aggressive youth internalize rules and develop conscience are paired with methods for helping targets of bullying.
Chapters cover a wide range of topics, including myths about bullying, acknowledging positive behavior, effective discipline, working with parents, relational aggression, empowering bystanders, and preventing disability harassment.
The second edition added materials in response to concerns of parents, educators, and students:
- An entire chapter on preventing harassment of students with disabilities
- A new set of guidelines for helping students take responsibility for their behavior
- A troubleshooting guide for developing and implementing school discipline systems
From the Preface
I wrote the first edition of Schools Where Everyone Belongs to spread the word about ideas and techniques that work to prevent bullying. Since I began writing the book in 2002, I have continued to travel and talk with parents, educators, and students about bullying. In this new edition, I address the most frequent questions and concerns of those who have participated in my workshops and read the first edition of this book.
Specifically, I have added chapter 18, “Preventing Disability Harassment,” in response to the concerns of parents and advocates who told me about how the young people they help are mistreated, both verbally and physically. Also entirely new is an appendix devoted to guiding questions for the development and implementation of successful discipline programs, contributed by my friend and colleague Dee Lindenberger, trainer for the Marquette-Alger Regional Education Service Agency and the Michigan Strategic Alternatives in Prevention Education (SAPE) Association. She is a co-developer of Bully-Free Schools (www.sape.us).
In addition to updates throughout the book, I have supplemented chapter 11, “A Rubric-Based Discipline System,” with a troubleshooting guide for school discipline systems designed to answer frequently asked questions about rubric-based discipline. Chapter 12, “Helping Young People Take Responsibility for Their Behavior,” now includes a set of guidelines for using the reflection process effectively.
I rewrote chapter 16, “Activating Peer Bystanders,” to reflect new research and my continuing experiences of talking with young people. It presents what I believe is a more effective approach to this important element of bullying prevention, which is included in the book, Empowering Bystanders in Bullying Prevention.
Comments from Colleagues
“In a field inundated with different types of bullying prevention programs, Stan Davis’ work stands out for its practical, realistic, and usable approaches. Using research to identify important knowledge that others have bypassed entirely, Stan Davis offers a method for conceptualizing, addressing, and preventing bullying that incorporates best practices in a sensible, concrete application. His books are internationally renowned, and for a good reason.”
Elizabeth K. Englander, PhD,
Director, Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center
“Based upon research to practice sensibility, this second edition includes important new materials and insights that expand our understanding of major bullying issues. This is a working tool that anyone interested in our children, teaching, and building peaceful school climates will treasure.”
—Dr. Marlene Snyder, International Bullying Prevention Association
“Schools Where Everyone Belongs is a goldmine of practical information for school personnel concerned with reducing bullying. In this engaging book, Stan Davis draws upon theory and research, as well as years of experience as a school counselor, to describe how educators can help to create safe, inclusive school environments for our children. I highly recommend it.”
—Susan P. Limber, PhD, Associate Professor, Clemson University
“Stan Davis is one of the leading interpreters and implementers of the pioneering ‘whole school’ bullying prevention work of Dan Olweus. Davis’s comprehensive, sensitive, and practical approach is fully captured in this new book. Evidence-based, clinically sound, and creative, his book is an excellent general guide to helping children thrive in school.”
—Stuart Green, MSW, MA, Founder and Director, New Jersey Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention
“There is nothing in the current literature that comes close to Schools Where Everyone Belongs. This book should be used in every elementary school. Concerned parents could benefit greatly from reading this book, which is a major contribution to the literature on bullying.”
—Dorothea Ross, PhD, author of Childhood Bullying and Teasing