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ERIC Number: EJ925627
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-8655
Evaluation of the Safe School Ambassadors Program: A Student-Led Approach to Reducing Mistreatment and Bullying in Schools
Pack, Chris; White, Alexander; Raczynski, Katherine; Wang, Aijun
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v84 n4 p127-133 2011
Safe School Ambassadors (SSA) is a student-centered bystander education program developed by Community Matters to reduce bullying/mistreatment and enhance school climate. A two-part program evaluation was designed to assess the efficacy of the program's logic model and its impact on school-level discipline indicators. For the first part, a two-year evaluation was conducted in five middle schools in Texas using a quasi-experimental pre-post-post design. After two years, rates of helpful intervention were higher for male Ambassadors than for their controls. Ambassadors' Friends noticed more helpful interventions and reported observing less mistreatment than Friends of Key Students at the control schools. Process data indicated positive effects on discipline and overall climate. For the second part, discipline data were gathered from 19 schools that implemented the SSA program with a high degree of fidelity to internal benchmarks and from demographically matched non-SSA schools that served as controls. Analysis showed statistically significant reductions (p less than 0.05) in suspensions and other discipline indicators at SSA schools over time and as compared to control schools. (Contains 3 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas