Resources for schools from Stan Davis
Stan’s new book with Charisse Nixon, YOUTH VOICE PROJECT, is now available (November 2013). This book summarizes the findings of the Youth Voice Project research and makes specific practical suggestions based on this and other research.
Stan has written (with Julia Davis) two other widely-used books for educators about bullying prevention in schools. His first, Schools Where Everyone Belongs: Practical Strategies for Reducing Bullying was first published by Research Press in 2004 and revised in 2007. It was published in Spanish in 2009.
“I convinced my principal that all staff should read it. All our teachers were all given a copy of your book and expected to read it over the summer. They did and they have bought into it! It was really such a terrific book. It has already been the catalyst for discussion and change. “ (A middle school counselor)
“Schools Where Everyone Belongs is a goldmine of practical information for school personnel concerned with reducing bullying among students. In this engaging book, Stan Davis draws upon theory and research related to bullying, as well as years of experience as a school counselor, to describe how educators can help to create safe, inclusive school environments for all children. I highly recommend it.” — Susan Limber, PhD, Associate Director, Institute on Family & Neighborhood Life,Clemson University
“There is nothing in the current literature that comes close to Schools Where Everyone Belongs. This book should be used in every elementary school. School personnel who follow the procedures that Davis describes so clearly could help the victim of bullying and forestall bullying of other children. Concerned parents could benefit greatly from reading this book. This book is a major contribution to the literature on bullying.” — Dorothea Ross, Ph.D., author of Childhood Bullying and TeasingStan’s second book, Empowering Bystanders in Bullying Prevention was published by Research Press in 2007.
“This book reflects a wealth of hands on experience doing the work that makes safe, fair and responsive schools a possibility for everyone. It is a very “how to” book. It really is a great package of practical suggestions that educators can use as seeds for change in their own schools. One of the strengths of the book is that it encourages people to expand on the ideas presented and make them “personal ” to their own school. This book fills a void in the bullying prevention literature.” Chuck Saufler, safeschoolsforall.com
“This book is grounded in an essential truth to reduce bullying and other forms of social aggression, we have to get to the bystanders. Stan Davis provides excellent insight into the motivations and behaviors of bystanders and effective strategies to support, motivate, and ultimately empower them to take responsibility for the well-being of others and their social environment.” –Nancy E. Willard, MS, JD, author of Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats
“With Empowering Bystanders in Bullying Prevention, Stan Davis has distinguished himself as a leading expert in the field of violence prevention taking bullying prevention to new heights. This important new book will show both researchers and practitioners how kids can become genuinely empathic, with skills to help them express that empathy. If all schools adopted the well-documented program Davis has created, we would live in a much safer and more compassionate world.” –Myrna B. Shure, Ph.D., author of the I Can Problem Solve series
All three books are available from Research Press
Staff and Student Surveys
Without ways to measure the effectiveness of any school program, we cannot know how close we are to achieving our goals.
Without data at the beginning of an intervention, we cannot tell which school actions are already working, nor can we tell what changes are needed. In schools where staff are already doing well in key areas of bullying prevention, we risk disregarding their good work and lowering staff buy-in by adding interventions that are not needed. In schools where significant changes or improvements are needed, we risk overlooking our most crucial needs and instead implementing interventions that consume time and money without fixing the problem.
Unless we collect ongoing data, we will not know if our efforts are leading to improvements for students. Many kinds of data can assist in building safe and accepting schools, including disciplinary data, qualitative data gathered from focus groups and discussions, observational data, and data from anonymous surveys.
There are a number of advantages to using anonymous online surveys, including these:
- No student needs to fear peers’ or adults’ reactions to their statements, and responses can be more authentic.
- Online survey data is easily disaggregated. We can categorize data by gender, race, age and special education status, thereby allowing us to understand the experience of each demographic group.
- Online surveys can be repeated. This allows us to track changes over time, compare school-wide trends, and set and follow goals.
- Online surveys can combine quantitative questions with qualitative questions, which allow students to share their ideas and experiences. Students often appreciate being asked their opinions. In addition, students’ words help us understand their experience of school and shape effective interventions.
Stan worked with Dr. Charisse Nixon at Penn State Erie to build the Youth Voice Project survey, which they administered to more than 13000 students nationwide, and has surveyed staff and students to help schools throughout the United States, in Canada, in Africa, and in India assess program strengths and needs.
We can set up and interpret a survey for your students, your staff, or your community to help you gather important and practical data to shape and measure bullying prevention efforts. Please see surveysSBN for more information. Please contact me to discuss arranging a survey for your school.
For more information about what adults and peers can do about bullying, see Youth Voice Project: Student Insights Into Bullying And Peer Harassment
Onsite and Conference Training Sessions
Stan has presented professional development keynotes and workshops on this topic for educators and other helping professionals at regional, national, and international conferences throughout the world since the early 1990s.
Trainings focus on:
- Staff-based interventions including effective limit-setting and discipline, building staff-student connections, supporting targeted youth, and helping aggressive youth change.
- Classroom-based interventions focused on discussion, literature, and theater to help students discover and use strategies for supporting youth who are targeted.
- And empowering youth to build positive peer culture, positive social norms, and a supportive school environment for all.
Comments about trainings:
“To say Stan Davis cares about kids would be an understatement. His clear and passionate message captured the attention of every audience member in a rather large gathering of 750, garnering very positive reviews and many requests for a return performance. Stan opened the eyes of school professionals to the importance of addressing bullying and other negative behaviors with every child at school, especially bystanders. He provided creative, yet practical strategies that teachers and staff can actually use to sustain awareness and action in schools. We have already asked Mr. Davis to present for us again, and our school communities are looking forward to his return!” – Dr. Matthew Masiello, MD, MPH Director, Office of Community Health, Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, PA and Organizer, PA Bullying Prevention Institute, October 2007, Hershey, Pennsylvania
“I want to thank you once again for one of the best workshops we have ever presented to our staff. Absolutely everyone with whom I spoke afterward was upbeat, energized and feeling that they were a part of something valuable and worthwhile. I can’t remember such a reaction to any other professional development offering we have had in our school.” (Elementary Principal)
For more information about what we all can do about bullying, see Youth Voice Project: Student Insights Into Bullying And Peer Harassment