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ERIC Number: EJ888627
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
The Guardians Initiative: A Student-Centered Approach to Bullying
Toledo, Gregory
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n4 p10-15 Dec 2008
Something wicked is being chased out of the classrooms and hallways at a high school in Massachusetts, something prevalent in schools across the globe: bullying. For generations, victims have carried invisible scars or nursed open wounds. Concerns related to bullying have been confirmed by extensive research over the past decade, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, academic failure, truancy, delinquency, and worse. A recent "New York Times" article reported that researchers have found an association with suicidal ideation in both victims and bullies. This article discusses the innovative approach to bullying at Nantucket High School (NHS) in Massachusetts. Based on principles of human nature, adolescent culture, and common sense, it essentially declares conventional programs incomplete. Where most antibullying programs are public campaigns that encourage students to report what they see to teachers and administrators, this initiative is discreet, narrowly focused, and minimizes specific adult involvement. It is, despite its constricted design, better equipped to deal with a wide range of bullying incidents and the resulting social-emotional effects immediately--incident by incident, student by student. Twelve anonymous students (3% of the total student body) are on the frontline of this effort. They are part of the Guardian Initiative, which grew out of the NHS Behavioral Support Program in October 2006. The Behavioral Support Program works with administration and school resources to streamline responses to disciplinary issues, train and advise teachers regarding classroom management, and provide support for students. The multi-faceted program, headed by the behavior specialist and a behavior support assistant has established a behavioral system that places a premium on active listening and strategy sessions for students who struggle with self-management and other issues.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts