No Place for Bullying
Leadership for Schools That Care for Every Student
- James Dillon - Measurement Incorporated, USA
Foreword by Kevin Jennings
Discover the keys to successful bullying prevention!
No Place for Bullying describes the paradigm shifts a school administrator needs to create in order to develop and lead a schoolwide bully prevention program. Preventing and counteracting bullying should be a top priority for every school leader, but anti-bullying efforts often fail because they do not have full support from all stakeholders, including parents.
This accessible book makes it easy to implement the three critical components of effective leadership for bullying prevention:
- The WILL to address the problem
- The SKILL to lead others to help reduce and prevent bullying
- The FOLLOW-THROUGH to ensure that anti-bullying policies are established and sustained
Filled with activities and examples, No Place for Bullying provides the tools to inspire the cultural shift necessary to combat bullying in schools. Ensure that bullying prevention becomes an ongoing and established part of your school's culture and climate by becoming an instrument of change!
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"This book is outstanding. It walks you through the complexity of the issue and provides practical ways to implement the process through staff training activities."
—Holly Leach, Principal
Northshore Christian Academy, Everett, WA
"Just in time! No Place for Bullying is an outstanding example of what is good in education today. This toolkit responds to a growing concern for the safety and protection of all students and their rights."
—Marian White-Hood, Director of Academics
Maya Angelou Public Charter School, Washington, DC
“The book is outstanding. It walks you through the complexity of the issue and gives practical ways to implement the process through staff training activities.”
“Just in time! No Place for Bullying is an outstanding example of what is good in education today. This educational toolkit responds to a growing concern for the safety and protection of all students and their rights.”
"I commend the author for compiling this resource along with the activities within. Bullying happens in most schools, and the knowledge, skills, and applications included in this text will be a great addition to the other resources available on bullying. The activities included are powerful and can be difference makers when trying to change behavior with a variety of stakeholders. WOW!!!"
"There are many shifts and changes in education that take up a great deal of our time as instructional leaders. But what we all must remember is that students cannot learn in an environment that is not safe. In his book, No Place for Bullying: Leadership for Schools That Care for Every Student James Dillon (2012) states, “When in doubt, remind yourself and your colleagues about what really matters: having even one student walk through the school day a little less afraid and more hopeful than the day before” (p. 29).
I was impressed by his organization of the book into the three keys to school climate and culture; the Will, the Skill, and the Follow Through (Infrastructure). He discusses difficulties a school leader may face while trying to find solutions to the problem of bullying. His suggestions for how to overcome those difficulties include multiple approaches that could be used in any situation.
Dillon’s approach is very administrator-friendly. He provides all the tools to begin formulating a plan with staff for addressing bullying. Each chapter begins with background information based on current research, a summary, and activities to do with staff. The activities are engaging with most using video clips as discussion starters. Most of the activities in the “Will” section of the book could be used to open discussion on any topic, not just bullying.
His background as a school administrator is evident in the book. His recommendations are practical and help put into perspective how the approach of the school leader can have a deep impact on the success of any bullying prevention program. He also addresses many of the issues we all face when trying to get staff on board for a new or changing initiative."
"This book looks at the paradigm shifts that must occur for school-wide bullying programs to be effectively implemented by school administrators. Scores of issues are addressed like the blind spot in bullying prevention, programs and practices, ethical ramifications and solutions. In addition to an appendix of bullying prevention resources, No Place for Bullying also includes an extensive list of references and a well-organized index.
The author of No Place for Bullying is an educator with 35 years of experience - 10 of them in the role of school administrator. While the book contains useful information for school administrators, No Place for Bullying has a decidedly American slant. Information is presented with an eye to legal and political ramifications. Despite those limitations, school administrators and those searching for extensive research on bullying prevention may find this book highly informative."