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Setting the Tone: Creating Bully-free Classrooms
by Carpenter, Roy, and Smith
To prevent bullying, educators need to shift their thinking, shift their actions, and start modeling noncoercive intervention. Getting everyone connected, establishing firm bottom lines, forming agreements, and holding everyone accountable to the agreements are the critical elements to creating schools that are achieving, caring, and safe. Setting the Tone asks educators to self-evaluate their present beliefs and practices in light of the latest research on behavior and bullying prevention.
When it comes to bullying, Setting the Tone opens our eyes to the power of establishing realistic expectations of students, staff , and communities and moves us beyond blame and shame, excuses, and rote apologies. Establishing a connected school that won’t stand for bullying empowers our future leaders by teaching them how to implement core beliefs when it comes to respect, relationships, and restitution. Setting the Tone is a must have tool for all building leaders. Tommy Schmolze, EdD, Assistant Superintendent and Executive Director of Pupil Services, Fort Mill School District, South Carolina
Setting the Tone transcends the current reward/punishment ideology toward bullying with one founded in Perceptual Control eory, emphasizing positive and respectful interpersonal relationships, shared agreements, and accountability for promoting learning communities, which are safe, connected, and conducive to academic achievement. ese strategies need to be brought to all school districts yesterday! Patty Weigand, MS, BCBA Program Support Specialist, Behavior Santa Fe Public Schools
Reading this book, I realized how many school-based behavior management programs are coercive in nature. As educators when we model coercion, we teach coercion. Setting the Tone lays a nice framework for the importance of building relationships using class meetings and group discussions. Educators who view behavior as purposeful, focus on the social environment by forming shared agreements, and intentionally devote class time to bullying prevention will help students become members of a connected school community. Patti Agatston, PhD Prevention/Intervention Center