Community Matters Blog

Read our blog posts below by Rick Phillips, Executive Director, staff members and guest bloggers, as they discuss the issues of bullying, cyberbullying and school climate.

How to Create Positive School Climate - Part 1
September 3 2013

How to Create Positive School Climate - Part 1

Since 1999, our nation’s schools have invested more than $10 billion in school safety measures. The goal of this vast expenditure was to improve school climate and thereby increase success for each school’s mandates - academic achievement, safer environments and strong attendance and graduation rates.

In spite of these vast efforts students in too many schools still experience unsafe environments and too high levels of bullying. Click here to read more.

National Bullying Prevention Month
October 18 2012

National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a time when we are reminded of the importance of preventing and stopping bullying from happening in our schools and communities.

Bus Monitor Bullied by Middle Schoolers: A Call to Action
June 29 2012

Bus Monitor Bullied by Middle Schoolers: A Call to Action

An elderly bus monitor recently made headlines when she was bullied by a group of middle school students. This incident dramatically illustrates the mutating nature and scope of the bullying virus. It’s getting younger, meaner, more electronic and more acceptable in youth culture.

The Epidemic of Silence: How We Can End It
May 21 2012

The Epidemic of Silence: How We Can End It

In more than 85% of bullying situations there are witnesses, and more often than not, these bystanders do not say or do anything. The effect of their silence is “deafening”, because silence is a form of consent. It emboldens the bully who perceives the silence of others as permission and tacit approval of their actions.

10 Ways You Can Help To Stop Bullying
April 20 2012

10 Ways You Can Help To Stop Bullying

We have a choice. We can be overwhelmed by the size and scope of the issue and do nothing, or we can wake up our courage and do something that contributes to making things better.

Bully movie opens Friday, March 30th - Waking Up Courage is the Solution to Stopping Bullying
March 27 2012

Bully movie opens Friday, March 30th - Waking Up Courage is the Solution to Stopping Bullying

The new movie “Bully” opens March 30th in major cities nationwide. The film documents bullying between real kids and outlines the extent of the bullying epidemic. But solutions do exist – in the form of programs like Safe School Ambassadors that awaken the courage of bystanders to speak up when they see bullying occur.

Rick Phillips Speaks On Bullying at the Clinton School of Public Service
August 26 2011

Rick Phillips Speaks On Bullying at the Clinton School of Public Service

In this video presentation, Rick Phillips, Executive Director of Community Matters, speaks about solutions to the bullying epidemic at The Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Safe School Ambassadors school nationally recognized for its tolerance efforts
May 31 2011

Safe School Ambassadors school nationally recognized for its tolerance efforts

Mesa Linda Middle School in Victorville, CA was recognized as a “Mix It Up” Model School by the Teaching Tolerance Project.

Rick Phillips - Keynote Speaker at the National School Board Association Conference
April 11 2011

Rick Phillips - Keynote Speaker at the National School Board Association Conference

Rick Phillips presented a two-hour keynote at the National School Board Association’s 71st Annual Conference on Saturday, April 8, held at the San Francisco Moscone Convention Center.

SSA program Evaluation Report shows positive results
April 7 2011

SSA program Evaluation Report shows positive results

A multi-year evaluation of the Safe School Ambassadors (SSA) program has been completed, with some very exciting and gratifying results.

We Can Do Something About Bullying!
March 11 2011

We Can Do Something About Bullying!

On Thursday, March 10, President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama hosted in the White House East Room, a first-ever White House Summit on Bullying.

Dateline NBC “My Kid Would Never Bully”
March 9 2011

Dateline NBC “My Kid Would Never Bully”

On March 6 at 7pm, Dateline NBC aired a captivating program about bullying, that I encourage everyone to watch.

February 17 2011

Community Matters posts two actions on MTV’s “Draw Your Line”

Community Matters, along with Hollywood stars like Justin Bieber, took a stand against cyberbullying and school bullying by posting two actions on MTV’s “Draw Your Line”, a virtual map tracking actions taken across the United States to stop digital abuse.

Rick Phillips visits Capitol Hill
January 21 2011

Rick Phillips visits Capitol Hill

CM Executive Director Rick Phillips will speak in front of Congressional Officials on Friday, January 21 in Washington, D.C. More than 50 participants from legislative offices, national education organizations and federal agencies will attend the briefing.

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