Results just released from a national survey of K-12 principals offers new insight about how educators view the issue of bullying and how to address it in schools. Columbus-based research company, Saperstein Associates, Inc., administered the 2012 National Bullying Survey that prompted responses from nearly 2,000 elementary, middle school, and high school principals from across the country. Responses showed that more than half of middle school principals feel that bullying is a major problem. “Bullying is the latest issue that has hit public schools…how we address the issue must be at the top of our list,” reported a Texas middle school principal. “We can no longer sit back and hope it will go away—it won’t.”
Bullying was defined throughout the questionnaire by a variety of behaviors that include:
“Many of the responses suggested that when lessons are integrated, the information is spread throughout the lesson and then permeates into other curricular areas and discussions,” says Martin Saperstein, Ph.D., President of Saperstein Associates, Inc. “It’s also a more economical way to teach the anti-bullying subject. Research shows that learning is easier when it is attached to other learning.”
An Educational Summit—Beyond Bullying: Safe Schools, Successful Students—will address these issues highlighted in the survey. Scheduled for January 14, 2013 at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, the event (hosted by Zaner-Bloser, in partnership with the Institute for Urban and Minority Education) will offer presentations that include:
According to Ed Dunkelblau, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Emotionally Intelligent Learning (and one of the presenters at the upcoming Summit), incorporating SEL into a curriculum has proven to be effective when both students and teachers are learning-ready. “Social-emotional learning is a set of skills that allow us to become better at understanding and managing our emotions and learning how they impact the choices we make, the relationships we have, and our outlook in life. Not only is it effective, but students’ grades and test scores also improve.”
Source: Press Release
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