Schools Where Everyone Belongs

Practical Strategies for Reducing Bullying
Second Edition
Pages: 292
ISBN: 9780878225842
Item Number: 5302

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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 (

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

  1. What Is Bullying?
  2. The Prevalence and Effects of Bullying
  3. Discarding Common Myths about Bullying
  4. What Doesn’t Work?
  5. The Olweus Research
  6. Acknowledging Positive Behavior
  7. Building Staff-Student Connections
  8. Effective Discipline
  9. Keeping Discipline in a Positive Emotional Context
  10. The Discipline Process
  11. A Rubric-Based Discipline System
  12. Helping Young People Take Responsibility for Their Behavior
  13. Working with Parents
  14. Supporting Targets of Bullying
  15. Bullying between Friends
  16. Activating Peer Bystanders
  17. Whole-School Educational Approaches
  18. Preventing Disability Harassment
  19. Implementing a Bullying Prevention Program
  20. Ten Steps to Building Schools Where Everyone Belongs

Appendix A – Suggested Answers for Practice Exercises

Appendix B – Stopping Bullying and Raising Responsible, Caring Children (A Handout for Parents)

Appendix C – Guiding Questions for Successful Rubric Development and Implementation

Click on the arrow in the screen below to view the video of author Stan Davis describing some of his views on bullying.

Book Reviews

Schools Where Everyone Belongs is a comprehensive guide to creating a school climate focused on bullying prevention. Of special interest is the chapter new to this edition on disability awareness. The book is written for anyone who works with elementary school-aged children.”

—Linda Kopec, North Carolina School Counselors Association NEWS

“Take the theoretical work of Dorothea Ross and Daniel Olweus, mix in some quality curricula on bullying, and add two decades of practice wisdom, and you will have a highly useful resource in this new book on bullying. . . . This book is easy to read, well researched, and filled with bits of knowledge that practitioners with varying degrees of experience will appreciate.”

—Lynn Merlone, Connections, New Hampshire School Counselor Newsletter

“A terrific book . . . . will get you thinking differently about how you praise students and approach the bullying problem in your school.”

—Virgina Rose, Oregon School Counselor’s Association Newsletter

“Throughout the book, theories drawn from research are illustrated by and supported with anecdotes from Davis’ own experiences as a therapist, counselor, and program facilitator. Each chapter begins with a relevant quote from another author on the topic, and concludes with suggestions for further reading. Chapters are concise and to the point, with key ideas presented in shaded boxes next to the main text.”

—Erin Smith Hill, New York School Psychologist

“Working from his experience as a school counselor and consultant, Davis take the myths out of bullying first and describes what does not work. He then describes the Olweus research that has led to his theories and practice and offers a number of relatively simple ideas: acknowledge positive behavior, build staff-student connections, establish effective discipline based on a rubric, help students take responsibility for behavior, work with parents, support targets of bullying, deal with bullying between friends, activate peer bystanders, and take the ‘whole-school’ approach.”

Reference & Research Book News

“Now in an updated second edition, Schools Where Everyone Belongs demystifies what bullying is and common myths about its effects, what doesn’t work to combat it, and most importantly of all, classroom-tested methods that do work to stop bullying and reverse its harmful effects.”

Midwest Book Review

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