Parent Education Workshops

This engaging 2-hour workshop will equip parents/guardians with knowledge and skills to act effectively when they or their children witness or hear about bullying. Through a series of hands-on activities, parents will learn how to use proven communication skills and strategies to encourage their children to talk with them about bullying at school, and respond effectively.

Parents will also learn about an effective, youth-centered, school-based program called Safe School Ambassadors® and other ways they can work with school leaders to reduce mistreatment and improve school climate.

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The Problem

Schools and youth-serving organizations everywhere are being negatively impacted by youth-on-youth mistreatment. Students and their families are deeply affected by this problem. Incidents of bullying, intolerance, put-downs, and exclusion are far too common and far too costly. This mistreatment is getting younger, meaner, harder to identify, and more acceptable in youth culture. Moreover, many of these incidents happen when and where adults are not present.

Bullying and other types of mistreatment undermine student achievement, and are harmful to young people’s social and emotional development. These are challenging issues for families to address, especially since parents/guardians or other adults are often unaware of the incidents that are happening.

The Workshop

This engaging and informative, two-hour workshop will help parents/guardians significantly improve their interactions and communication with their children and other youth. Attendees will gain an increased understanding of emotional and physical violence – especially relational aggression and cyberbullying – and their impact on:

• Learning/academic achievement, attendance and participation in school
• Child/youth development
• School climate and security.

This workshop will equip parents/guardians with knowledge and skills to respond effectively when they or their children witness or hear about mistreatment. Through a series of hands-on activities, parents will learn how to use communication skills and strategies to encourage their children to talk with them about difficult issues. Parents will also learn about an effective, youth-centered, school-based program called Safe School Ambassadors® and other ways parents can work with school leaders to increase the safety of all children.

Workshop Participants will:

• learn about the extent and cost of mistreatment, as well as efforts to address it
• understand basic principles of child/youth development
• gain knowledge and skills for communicating and intervening effectively
• strengthen parent-child communication through “relational” power and skills
• practice skills and receive coaching and feedback

How Many People May Participate?

This workshop can be set up for one or more schools, with up to 100 participants.

For cost information, download our Programs & Services Guide

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Student Suspensions equal higher absenteeism, which translates directly to losses in your attendance-based revenue. Suspensions also have a secondary cost: the amount of time and money it takes to process the suspensions.

We have focused on suspensions here as an example of discipline costs because they’re a significant predictor of the quality of school climate, and because they’re universally tracked by schools. Similar calculations could be made for expulsions and drop outs, or for the growing numbers of children who stay home from school every day for fear of being bullied or otherwise mistreated by their peers.

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Research shows that the most effective strategy for the prevention of harassment, cyber-aggression and bullying is empowering student bystanders to intervene. When they do, these incidents are defused, deescalated and prevented, resulting in fewer referable offenses, and ultimately, fewer suspensions.

Community Matters’ Safe School Ambassadors (SSA) program does exactly that. It wakes up students’ courage and equips them with skills to safely and effectively intervene. Based on a two‐year independent study, it has been shown that schools where the SSA program was implemented as designed, experienced a 33% decrease in suspensions. The following calculation uses that 33% decrease to calculate the amount of your potential recovery.

It is our job to empower parents with the necessary tools and communication strategies to help their children in the event that they become victims of bullying, have been aggressors themselves, or if they witness or hear about mistreatment of others. - Lori Cervantes, Community Liaison, Sierra Preparatory Academy