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New UNESCO document on school violence & bullying

UNESCO has released an 2017 document titled School Violence and Bullying: A Global Perspective. Pages 8-11 provide a summary of the content and include sections titled:

  • The scope of school violence and bullying
  • The prevalence of school violence and bullying
  • The impact of school violence and bullying
  • The response to school violence and bullying
  • Key challenges
  • Priorities for action

Why is it important? See the impact it has on student success(from page 27):









Check it out! Rowan


January 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Wednesday: Huddle up Bullying Prevention Rally (Grey Cup)

From the  Grey Cup  Festival website:

  • DAY:          WED NOV 23, 2016
  • TIME          12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
  • PRICE        FREE

Join us to have the most people ever reciting a pledge to prevent bullying. Athletes, celebrities and expert speakers will lead the crowd in an inspiring program that celebrates acceptance, inclusiveness and uniqueness. Family Channel’s Deepa Prashad will host the day’s events alongside special guest Michael “Pinball” Clemons. The event will also feature Toronto born singer-songwriter, Alx Veliz performing his hit “Dancing Kizomba”.

Send in your RSVP to and you will receive a Grey Cup Curriculum Learning Resource Package to help prepare for the Rally.

Check it out! Rowan

November 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week November 21-25

The TDSB joins the rest of Ontario in recognizing Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, beginning 20 November.   A caring, safe, and accepting school climate is essential for student achievement and well-being. In order to reach their full potential, students must feel safe, included and engaged.

Check out these websites (in no special order):

Check out some of our new books on this topic. TDSB teachers may borrow books by contacting the library at (416) 395-8289 or or reserve them in the catalgoue (remember to login first)



November 21, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Classroom use of YA books with bullying theme may promote empathy in school

The Canadian Journal of Education has released its latest issue (2016, 39:3). One of the articles written by J.Hughes (UOIT)  and J.L Laffier (UOIT)  is titled Portrayals of Bullying in Young Adult Literature: Considerations for Schools.

Selected from the abstract, page 1:   “In this article, the authors examine how bullying is portrayed in three recent young adult novels, focusing specifically on whether the information about bullying is accurate, biased, or represents old myths in comparison to current research. The authors conduct a systematic analysis of the following four themes: (1) What is bullying? (2) Who are the bullies? (3) Who are the victims? (4) Who are the bystanders and what role do they play? They conclude by arguing for the inclusion of young adult fiction that deals with sensitive issues as a way to promote awareness, empathy, and social change to empower youth in school settings.”

Selected from page 5: “The three young adult novels selected for the purposes of this article were Bystander by James Preller (2009), The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen (2012), and The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale (2013). In our classroom-based research with students, we have also used Wonder by R. J. Palacio (2013), Freak by Marcella Pixley (2013), Schooled by Gordon Korman (2000), and Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (2000). For teachers working with students in secondary school, we recommend Thirteen Reasons Why (Asher, 2007), Eleanor & Park (Rowell, 2013), By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead (Peters, 2009), Speak (Anderson, 1999), and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock (Quick, 2013).”

Selected from page 19:   “Through critical discussions of how bullying is presented in the books in comparison to the student’s real world experiences, students can take an active part in finding solutions to prevent bullying. This can empower students to be “agents of change” and promote an equitable and empathic school community. Using YA books that focus on bullying has the potential to create awareness about the issues and transforms the lives of students, not only the 64% of students who report being bullied, but the 72% who report witnessing bullying events at school (Stop a Bully, 2014).”

And the article comes an excellent resource list. Check it out! Rowan

September 26, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Globe and Mail article on bullying

Today’s globe and Mail includes an article – more for parents than teachers – but very relevant  for educators, titled What to do if your child is being bullied at school, and written by Adriana Barton. And of course an important piece of advice is to communicate your bullying concerns with the child’s school – “Since bullying tends to escalate away from adult eyes, it may help to ask teachers and schoolyard monitors to keep an eye out for your child during lunch hour and recess. “It’s just really important to have a lot of supervision, period,” Swearer said.”

The Professional Library has tons of resources on bullying, including:

A couple of great websites include Prevnet and the Canadian Safe School Network.

TDSB teachers may reserve the books in the catalgoue and we’ll send them out to you. Here is the link to the catalogue – remember to login before you try to reserve anything.

Check ’em out! Rowan

September 16, 2016 at 3:00 pm 2 comments

N.S. Researchers Recommend the WITS Bullying Prevention Program

Source: News Release from Prevnet 

Researchers Recommend the WITS Bullying Prevention Program

A team of researchers at Dalhousie University reviewed the effectiveness of seven popular bullying prevention programs by delivering the strategies as a toolkit to school boards across Canada. From the analysis, WITS (walk away, ignore, talk it out, and seek help) was recommended for having the best effects at a lower cost, and also demonstrating long-term benefits. In comparison to WITS, the other six programs showed a costly training process and time-consuming curriculum, with very small effects.

The WITS Programs were developed by the Rock Solid Foundation, with the leadership of Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater, a PREVNet researcher and professor of psychology at the University of Victoria. WITS has since been used in over 600 schools in Canada and the United States.

For more information on the WITS Programs and Dalhousie University’s press release on the analysis:


Dalhouse University Press Release

May 24, 2016 at 12:51 pm Leave a comment

February 24 is pink shirt day

Today is Pink Shirt Day. This is a Canadian anti-bullying movement that grew out of a bullying incident against a young male student wearing a pink shirt.


Check out this recent article on bullying “Bullying can escalate into something worse” by Dr David Wolf in the Feb 22, 2016 issue of the Toronto Star (page E5) in which the author states that bullying is not a bully problem but a relationship problem “it’s a method of trying to control a relationship, to move oneself up the  ladder by pushing someone else down” . And he argues that learning about healthy relationships should be a central part of the education system”. For additional information and resources check out PREVnet, and The Foruth R.

Check these out!


February 24, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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