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NCJ Number: 150938 Find in a Library
Title: Keeping Your School Non-Violent (From No to Violence, P 89-96, 1994, Mary Labatt, ed. -- See NCJ-150928)
Author(s): B Baycroft; D Nokes; L Robertson
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Ontario Teachers' Federation
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2B5, Canada
Sale Source: Ontario Teachers' Federation
1260 Bay Street
Suite 700
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2B5,
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: Recognizing that violence was a growing problem in its community, one London (Ontario) school mobilized parents, staff, and community to develop a comprehensive violence- awareness and prevention program.
Abstract: The Emily Carr Public School is a junior kindergarten- to-grade eight school with a student population of 775. The school reflects the growing diversity of a city that is one of the most rapidly expanding urban centers in Canada. The school leaders took the first step in inviting a representative group of parents, educators, and community leaders to meet in an informal discussion of school- community behavioral problems among children and youth. The result of the discussion was a consensus and commitment to continue to meet as a committee. The next step was a survey of student concerns. These concerns were then taken to the teachers, who talked about the issues facing them and their students daily in the classroom. A second committee meeting was scheduled to explore the issue of community involvement. The committee set three goals for any program development: the promotion of respect, tolerance, and mediation; the fostering of positive attitudes through education and support at all levels; and the development of behavioral expectations and consequences in association with a proactive, skill-building component. Programs developed by the committee included a social-skills program designed to counter violent behavior among students. Elements of the program are empathy training; impulse control; anger management; mediation techniques; and the learning of acceptance, respect, and tolerance. One program targeted bullying as a major problem in school behaviors. The overall school strategy is called SMARTS, with each letter of the acronym standing for self-esteem, mediation, acceptance, respect, tolerance, and a safe school.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention programs
Index Term(s): Criminology; Foreign crime prevention; School delinquency programs; Violence causes; Violence prevention
Note: Reprinted from FWTAO Newsletter, January/February 1994.
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