Bullying Resources for Teachers

Staff Development and Resources for Teachers

Training and instruction for bullying prevention and intervention of all administrators, certified staff, support staff, and ancillary groups should include developing awareness, skill-building, and monitoring progress to effectively prevent and intervene in bullying behaviors and encourage pro-social behaviors. The staff development plan should additionally provide training for staff or others needing the information. The staff development plan should also provide training for new staff or others needing the information.

Staff Development Plan

Introductory staff development provides awareness of bullying and can be conducted through direct presentations, meetings, role plays, video resources, and current literature discussions. The plan should be updated annually. Updates should be based on data-informed decisions on specific school needs.

  • Explanation of the district’s goal, the definition of bullying, and the anti-bullying policy
  • Vocabulary related to bullying.
  • Clarification of the difference between bullying and normal conflict, bullying, and harassment
  • Types of bullying and examples of bullying behaviors
  • Explanation of related issues (sexual harassment, other harassment, hazing, cyberbullying)
  • Characteristics of the participants in bullying situations (bully, target, bystander)
  • Research or information on the impact of bullying on individuals, academic performance, and school climate
  • Data from the school will be used to indicate the effectiveness of the program and determine where updates are needed.
  • Specialized training as needed (schools may designate a person(s) whose primary responsibility is working specifically with social skills training for students involved in the bullying continuum).

Training for Schools

The following are free or low-cost bullying-specific resources and training for schools. Schools may designate a person or team to receive training to lead efforts against bullying behavior in schools.

WITS is a program developed in Canada that teaches conflict resolution strategies. Training is free and includes manuals and lesson plans.

CBITS is a free training program that explains how to implement a school-wide intervention in schools to help students who have experienced trauma. The online training is free and is divided into two training sessions. After registration, participants can access videotaped training and advice from intervention developers and experienced CBITS providers. Downloadable materials and resources are available free of charge. Participants have access to an online community where they can participate in peer-to-peer discussion boards, document sharing, and ask an expert.

National PTA of School Excellence: https://www.pta.org/home/programs. Provides free resources to help schools increase their school climate. Programs include School of Excellence, Reflection Art Program, STEM Families, Family Reading Experience, PTA Connected, and Healthy Lifestyles.

Updated February 6, 2024 12:27pm