Bully Free Schools: Circle of Support for Learning

​​Kids discussing bully free 

​What is Bully-Free Schools?

Bully-Free Schools (BFS) is a research-based program that is used in K-12 schools across Michigan. Schools that have implemented the BFS strategies report a reduction in bullying, harassment and other peer-to-peer aggression up to 83%. BFS is a model program for complying with Matt’s Safe School Law and for fulfilling the State Board of Education Sample Policy for bullying prevention.

Support for Bully-Free Schools at Oakland Schools

What You Should Know

Circle of Support for Learning: Bully-Free Schools professional learning includes:

  • Strategies to impact the behavior of students who engage in bullying and other forms of peer-to-peer aggression.
  • Elements of effective limits and consequences that ensure school-wide consistency
  • Strategies to support the "targets" of bullying
  • Techniques to empower "bystanders" and to change cultural norms
  • Tips for implementation and integration with existing school initiatives, such as PBiS and MiBLSi

 Segment 1 Powerpoint: What You Should Know

Discussion Questions: What Should We Know?

  1. How has your understanding of the term “bullying” changed given the accepted definition with the 3 characteristics of the behavior?
  2. What types of bullying are you seeing in your school? How is it being addressed?
  3. How prevalent is bullying in your school? How do you know?
  4. How is social media affecting your students? Your classroom?
  5. How can viewing the selective attention video help us in our classrooms and buildings?
  6. What additional knowledge do you need to comply with Matt’s Law and your school’s bullying policy?
  7. What additional questions do you have about bullying laws, policies, and expectations?

       Selective Attention Test


 What Can We Do?

Powerpoint: What Can We Do?

Discussion Questions for "What Can We Do?"

  1. Because the brain in crisis has reduced capacity to learn, what are some ways that we can tend to our students in a social and emotional way, in addition to attending to their academic learning?
  2. What might explain the statistic of victims of bullying behavior being more likely to be in abusive relationships as adults?
  3. Why is there a continued practice of zero tolerance, giving advice only, and other misdirection in anti-bullying strategies?
  4. 4.What strategies might we put into place in our schools after understanding the “Still Face” experiment and subsequent research on adolescents and strangers?
  5. What are ways that we might be certain that there is at least one trusted adult in every student’s experience in school?
  6. In what ways has your school created safe and supportive environments? How might you enhance this focus?
  7. What additional questions do you have about creating positive learning environments?

 The Still Face Video


 Where do we start?

Powerpoint: Where Do We Start?

Discussion Questions: "Where Do We Start?"

  1. How clear are the limits and expectations for student behavior in your classroom? In your school? How might they be improved?
  2. If your staff engaged in the dot activity, where would you expect to find consistency in how inappropriate behavior is addressed across the school? Where would expect to find the least consistency?
  3. How could the reflection process strengthen the discipline process at your school? If you already have a reflection process, how might it be improved?
  4. What are possible effects of engaging in restorative/transformative conferences or peer mediation happen before a consequence has been served and without both parties choosing to participate?
  5. What are other alternatives to In-School and Out-of-School suspension that keep students engaged in the process of learning?
  6. What are some ways that we can improve the feedback that we give our students in order to be more effective?
  7. What additional questions do you have about getting started and/or making the next step?

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