Presentation on theme: "Janene Beck-Hafner, Ph.D. Director of Pupil Services, Coordinator of Summer Programs, AODA Grant Coordinator Middle School/High School Family Group Facilitators:"— Presentation transcript:
Janene Beck-Hafner, Ph.D. Director of Pupil Services, Coordinator of Summer Programs, AODA Grant Coordinator Middle School/High School Family Group Facilitators: Jason Gums, Adam Svatek, Leigh Brown, Lori Flannery, Juli Gauerke SSA Video
o Following the 2006-2007 school year, bullying and harassment were identified as a significant problems at the Antigo Middle School and Antigo High School o Through the administration of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 40% of students reported they felt unsafe at school or that it was hard to do his/her best at school due to being harassed, picked on or bullied. o In response to the concerns, District leaders developed a plan to stop the cycle of violence
o Students are communicating differently than in the past o Cell Phone Use o Facebook o Games, TV, Reality Shows o Reliance on the school system to teach social norms o Economic conditions usually attribute to an increase in violence of all forms
o Spring of 2008, a three-year renewing AODA grant was applied for and awarded o District Level Safe Schools Committee was created o Principals o School Counselors o School Police Liaison Officer o A Student Harassment/Anti-Bullying policy was also created for the District o Anti-bullying programs were researched and Safe School Ambassadors was chosen o Research shows that peer intervention programs are successful o District wanted to implement a program with peer intervention versus adult intervention
o Safe School Ambassador program trains students on how to interact with their peers to prevent or stop mistreatment: o Exclusion o Put Downs o Bullying – Teasing, Harassment o Physical Confrontation o Environmental Violence
o Students are chosen to be Safe School Ambassadors (SSA)based on their leadership strengths across the spectrum of social networks o Students are trained and empowered to intervene and end bullying o Students help their friends to make better choices about how to treat others o The mixture of leadership qualities and personalities supports the framework of the SSA program by building relationships across peer groups and breaks down barriers between those groups
o Approximately 60 students at the Antigo Middle School and Antigo High School are training as Safe School Ambassadors(SSA) o Students are divided into groups with the group leader being a teacher or other educator trained in the SSA program as a Family Group Facilitator o After the training is completed ambassadors and their Family Group Facilitators meet regularly to sharpen their skills, sustain their commitment and increase their reporting of dangerous activities o Refresher and Expansion training – each year through grant funding –taught by our own District trainers
Spring of 2011, trained Family Group Facilitators to become trainers of the SSA program—planning for declining AODA grant funding Middle School and High School Trainers train students every fall---continue SSA in our middle school and high school Additionally, reaching out to the 4 th and 5 th grade students in our elementary schools and training them on the concepts of SSA
Results of Safe School Ambassador Surveys YRBS Results from February 2011 Less than 25% of high school students reported being bullied at school in the last year Less than 15% of high school students reported experiencing electronic bullying in the last year Less than 8% of middle school students did not attend school because they felt unsafe at school Less than 16% of middle school students reported experiencing electronic bullying in the last year
o Continue training through the staff who are licensed trainers in the program o Continue to document data in regards to bullying and harassment o Analyze the results of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey o Questions????? o THANK YOU!!!!!!!
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