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No Place for Bullying

No Place for Bullying
Leadership for Schools That Care for Every Student

Foreword by Kevin Jennings

November 2012 | 288 pages | Corwin
Research shows that learning is dependent upon students feeling safe and secure, so preventing and counteracting bullying should be a high priority for any school leader. Written by an experienced, award-winning principal with a proven track record of bully prevention, this book integrates the research and knowledge on effective school leadership with the research and knowledge for effective bullying prevention. James Dillon describes the five paradigm shifts a school principal needs to lead in order to develop the schoolwide will for bully prevention. This book:

- Explains why most anti-bullying efforts fail

- Offers professional development strategies for equipping school staff to implement anti-bullying policies

- Includes information on how to assess and improve overall school climate

- Describes how to involve all members of the school community, including parents

The book also provides additional useful information such as how to deliver effective presentations to get buy-in from community members and staff, how to collect and analyze data, and sample forms, online video clips, and case studies. An essential tool for any school leader, No Place for Bullying provides more than just the policies and the forms to implement an anti-bullying program—it provides the tools for inspiring the cultural shift necessary to truly combat bullying in schools.

About the Author
Section 1: The Will
1. The Blind Spot of Bullying Prevention
2. The Moral Purpose and Obligation of Bullying Prevention
3. How We See It Is How We Solve It
4. Changing Your Mind(set)
Section 2: The Skill
5. You Can't Bully Your Way to Bullying Prevention
6. Leadership for Bullying Prevention: What Not to Do and Not to Think
7. Leading Groups to Lead
8. The Human Face of Data
9. "Of the Students, by the Students, for the Students": What School Leaders Need to Know
10. “Of the Students, by the Students, for the Students”: What School Leaders Need to Do
Section 3: The Follow Through (Infrastructure)
11. Leadership for a Change
12. Policies, Programs, and Practices
13. Discipline in the Right Climate: Rules, Consequences, Supervision, and Intervention
14. Beyond the School Building: Parents, the School Bus, and the Digital World
15. Beyond Bullying Prevention: Climate Change for the Better
Appendix: Bullying Prevention Resources

“The book is outstanding. It walks you through the complexity of the issue and gives practical ways to implement the process through staff training activities.”

Holly Leach, Principal
Northshore Christian Academy, Everett, WA

“Just in time! No Place for Bullying is an outstanding example of what is good in education today. This educational toolkit responds to a growing concern for the safety and protection of all students and their rights.”

Marian White-Hood, Director of Academics
Maya Angelou Public Charter School, Washington, DC

"I commend the author for compiling this resource along with the activities within. Bullying happens in most schools, and the knowledge, skills, and applications included in this text will be a great addition to the other resources available on bullying. The activities included are powerful and can be difference makers when trying to change behavior with a variety of stakeholders. WOW!!!"

Harriet Gould, Adjunct Professor
Concordia University

"There are many shifts and changes in education that take up a great deal of our time as instructional leaders.  But what we all must remember is that students cannot learn in an environment that is not safe.  In his book, No Place for Bullying: Leadership for Schools That Care for Every Student James Dillon (2012) states, “When in doubt, remind yourself and your colleagues about what really matters: having even one student walk through the school day a little less afraid and more hopeful than the day before” (p. 29).

I was impressed by his organization of the book into the three keys to school climate and culture; the Will, the Skill, and the Follow Through (Infrastructure).  He discusses difficulties a school leader may face while trying to find solutions to the problem of bullying.  His suggestions for how to overcome those difficulties include multiple approaches that could be used in any situation.

Dillon’s approach is very administrator-friendly.  He provides all the tools to begin formulating a plan with staff for addressing bullying.  Each chapter begins with background information based on current research, a summary, and activities to do with staff.  The activities are engaging with most using video clips as discussion starters.  Most of the activities in the “Will” section of the book could be used to open discussion on any topic, not just bullying. 

His background as a school administrator is evident in the book.  His recommendations are practical and help put into perspective how the approach of the school leader can have a deep impact on the success of any bullying prevention program.  He also addresses many of the issues we all face when trying to get staff on board for a new or changing initiative."

Amy Campbell, Middle School Principal
Beekmantown Middle School, New York

"This book looks at the paradigm shifts that must occur for school-wide bullying programs to be effectively implemented by school administrators. Scores of issues are addressed like the blind spot in bullying prevention, programs and practices, ethical ramifications and solutions. In addition to an appendix of bullying prevention resources, No Place for Bullying also includes an extensive list of references and a well-organized index.

The author of No Place for Bullying is an educator with 35 years of experience - 10 of them in the role of school administrator. While the book contains useful information for school administrators, No Place for Bullying has a decidedly American slant. Information is presented with an eye to legal and political ramifications. Despite those limitations, school administrators and those searching for extensive research on bullying prevention may find this book highly informative."

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