The process of developing an effective bully prevention program should adhere to the following outline. In-depth explanations of each of these steps can be found throughout this toolkit.
I. Create a Task Force or Committee
A. Select Teachers, Staff, and Students and Parents to Serve on the Committee
B. Agree to the Goals and Procedures of the Task Force
C. Establish how communication will occur between all parties
D. Establish a calendar of meetings and deadline
E. Delineate roles and responsibilities of each task force membe
II. Create tools for Needs Assessment
A. Create anonymous questionnaires regarding school climate and bullying.
B. Administer the questionnaires to teachers, staff, and students.
C. Create and administer a questionnaire for parents about their experience, if any, with bullying in school.
D. Compile the data to determine the scope of the problem as well as specifics about where and when bullying occurs
III. Strategize about Project Development
A. Solicit ideas for trainings and programs for teachers and students.
B. Plan a budget for the project and initiate a fundraising campaign if one is needed.
C. Invite students to help plan an anti-bullying day or a simple classroom activity.
D. Hold a series of planning sessions.
E. Dole out roles and responsibilities.
F. Establish deadlines
IV. Get the Community Involved
A. Invite business leaders, faith leaders, organization leaders, etc…to a presentation about your program. Suggest how they might get involved.
1. Ask for co-sponsorship.
2. Can they donate money?
3. Can you use their space?
4. Can they pay for materials or donate materials?
5. Can they help publicize?
6. Can they help with supplemental materials such as tee-shirts?
7. If they are in related fields can they provide speakers?
V. Blitz the Media
A. Write articles and op-eds about your program for the local newspaper
B. Write PSA’s to be broadcast on the radio
C. Send press releases to all the local media
D. Hang posters around town and in schools.
VI. Carry out Your Program
A. Disseminate anonymous feedback questionnaires.
B. Analyze the data to determine the success of your program.