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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.

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School Climate: The Antidote To The Bullying Epidemic
September 17 2013

School Climate: The Antidote To The Bullying Epidemic

If what we want from our schools is to have them develop and “produce” students who are capable, connected and contributing citizens, then school climate must be the foundation from which we begin.

Improving school climate is all about putting people first and recognizing the power of relationships. When school climate is seen as valuable as academic performance, discipline issues decrease and test scores go up. Read the rest of this article...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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