Topic: Implementation of a Middle School Bullying Prevention Program: Research Findings and Implications
Date: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern / 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Central / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Mountain / 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific
Rhonda Nese, Oregon Social Learning Center
Doctoral Candidate, University of Oregon
Jennifer Coffey, OSEP
Elizabeth Jankowski, Signetwork
The purpose of this session was to present and discuss a research project that evaluated the effects of a middle school bullying prevention program, titled Bully Prevention within Positive Behavior Support: Expect Respect, on the verbal and physical bullying behaviors of middle school students. Data assessing the fidelity of intervention implementation indicate that the program was used with high fidelity and that in each of the three schools a reduction of verbal or physical aggression in the cafeteria was documented via direct observation. No consistent changes were reported in student pre-post rating of school climate. Session attendees heard how they can utilize multi-source data to better understand the impact of bullying prevention programming in their schools, and strategies for school-based and district-wide implementation.