Heidi Blair, School Counselor (St. Joe, MO)
Kim Hill, Coordinator of Counseling (St. Joe, MO)
Laura Nash, School Counselor (Walhalla, SC)
Terri Corbett, Assistant Principal (Seneca, SC)
Nicholas King, Chief Academic Officer (Albemarle County Schools, VA)
Danica Fuimanono, Principal (Blue Springs, MO)
Damon Wetherspoon, Assistant Principal. Blue Springs High School Freshman Campus (Blue Springs, MO)
I think your school community can greatly benefit from implementing the program. Unlike the one-time prevention approaches, the comprehensive Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, and to create more positive places for students to learn and develop.
- Tosin Akande, Oklahoma State Department of Education
Olweus is a system of communication. It shares with everyone what bullying is, what can be done to deflect it, that individuals don’t need to be a victim and the expectations for everyone. Some of the components encourage following four simple rules, having communication on all levels with class meetings and best of all open dialogue with students, staff and administration. It’s not a punitive program but is informational, hopeful and restorative.
- Carole Alexander (Westmoreland County, VA)
The OBPP allows schools to take an accurate measure of how and where bullying is happening in their school community. When done to fidelity the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is the gold standard for bullying prevention. It is researched based and is often cited as a resource for other programs.
- Joan Hereford (St. Louis, MO)
My favorite component of Olweus is the class meetings. The purpose of class meetings is to create a safe and positive culture in your classroom which in return will improve relationships and reduce bullying behavior.
- Amy Nepple (Grand Forks ND)
The Olweus Program is very informative in regard to what bullying is and how it can be identified and confronted. This program provides insight to students, teachers, communities and parents on how to promote kindness and eliminate the experience of bullying.
- Angela Thiemann (Louisa, VA)
This is a solid, research-based program that works with all students, all staff and the entire community to address ways to combat bullying in your school system. This program easily
blends other school initiatives, such as PBIS, into learning of students' needs before
unfortunate situations arise. And by involving all staff...teachers, administrators, bus drivers,
cooks, custodians, secretaries, aides...everyone has a stake in the game and who can disagree
that everyone truly wants all students to be safe and healthy and free from bullying?
- Ben Chafee, Jr. (Greenwhich, OH)
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a holistic way to address and reduce
bullying in schools. The program addresses bullying from the individual, school, classroom and community levels. It provides support for students who are bullied, provides resources for students who cause harm to others, as well as educates parents and stakeholders about the importance of being safe in school. Olweus helps to provide a consistent process for addressing bullying incidents and creates a preventive culture to make bullying less likely in our schools.
- Curlanda Lightfoot Smith (Macon, GA)
Our school is involved with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. It's a well-known and
proven program that provides schools and community organizations with the necessary tools
and knowledge to handle bullying. This is a highly researched and data driven program. Results show that Olweus helps to connect students and staff in building stronger relationships, improves the school environment for all as well as decreases incidents of bullying. Being involved with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a worthwhile opportunity.
- Stephanie Cox (Moyock, NC)
Most adults and students agree that bullying behavior is a problem in our schools and youth activities today. Many of us want to intervene but often don't know exactly how. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is research- and outcome-based and teaches concrete skills for adults in all environments and students of all ages for fighting against this serious threat to the safety and mental and physical health of our students. Addressing the problem in all the areas which touch the life of a child - school, community youth organizations and sports, school buses, playgroups and playgrounds - ensures that everyone knows exactly when, why, and how to ensure that every child has the opportunity to grow into a future with safety, hope and joy.
- Jessica Paige (Vancouver, WA)