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NAPT and Education Department offer free bully prevention/intervention training: Both modules now available

We asked for your help and you came through. Now it's our turn.

A few weeks ago, we asked you to complete a survey assessing the impact of bullying in your district. You answered questions pertaining to district policies, training and the level of bullying that you experience on and around your buses. Thank you for your enthusiastic response and relevant feedback on this very important issue!

We asked, we listened, we analyzed, we acted. As a result, two training modules were jointly created by NAPT, the Education Department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center; the training is available free of charge to school districts across the country.

The first module, titled "See Something. Do Something: Intervening in Bullying Behavior," will teach drivers what does and does not constitute bullying, how to respond to the behavior on or around the bus, and specific strategies for addressing and reporting bullying as it occurs.

The second module, "Creating a Supportive Bus Climate: Preventing Bullying, focuses on building mutual respect on the school bus. The training will encourage drivers to consider what a supportive bus climate looks like and how it prevents bullying; and learn and commit to perform simple, concrete strategies to build positive relationships on the school bus.

Both modules include a step-by-step trainer's guide, a PowerPoint presentation (in PDF format), handouts for driver activities, palm cards for drivers and posters that can be displayed in the transportation department or throughout the school system to reinforce the messages.

To download your free copy of the bullying prevention/intervention training modules that are available, visit our website at www.napt.org or go to safesupportiveschools.ed.gov.

"We have no tolerance for bullying and stopping it is one of our national public policy priorities," said NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin. "We are very pleased the United States Education Department agrees with us and was willing to work with us on this project." more


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