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|MESPA, the Hazelden Foundation, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals are partners in the comprehensive statewide Minnesota Bullying Prevention Initiative. |
Bullying is a serious issue that affects students’ health, the school climate, academic achievement, and school liability. According to the 2010 Minnesota Student Survey, 27.2 percent of students reported they had been bullied once a week or more often. In the 2006-2007 school year, there were 857 incidents of bullying resulting in out-of-school suspension or expulsion.
OLWEUS® BULLYING PREVENTION PROGRAM
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is a whole school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying throughout a school setting.
The Hazelden Foundation is the leading publisher of evidence-based prevention programs and the exclusive publisher of the OBPP, the most researched and best-known program of its kind. OBPP has over 35 years of research and successful implementation all over the world. Many schools that have used the program have seen reductions in bullying behavior by 50 percent or more.
OBPP is used at the school, classroom, and individual levels and includes methods to reach out to parents and the community for involvement and support. School administrators, teachers, school social workers, and other staff are primarily responsible for introducing and implementing the program. These efforts are designed to improve peer relations and make the school a safer and more positive place for students to learn and develop.
What Are the Goals of OBPP?
• To reduce existing bullying problems among students.
• To prevent the development of new bullying problems.
• To achieve better peer relations at school.
For Whom is OBPP Designed?
OBPP is designed for students in elementary, middle, and junior high schools (students age five to fifteen years old). All students participate in most aspects of the program, while students identified as bullying others, or as targets of bullying, receive additional individualized interventions.
Is the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program a Nationally Recognized Program?
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program has received recognition from a number of organizations including:
- Blueprints Model Program, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado at Boulder
- Model Program, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Effective Program, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of JusticeLevel 2 Program, U.S. Department of Education ("Level 2" programs have been scientifically demonstrated to prevent delinquency or reduce risk and enhance protection for delinquency and other child and youth problems.
Poster advertising "No Bully" free movie screening: May 8, 2013.
A two-page fact sheet introducing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.
A comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions (with answers) about bullying and bullying prevention.
In-depth scope and sequence information on the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.
ORDER BULLYING QUESTIONNAIRES with this MESPA Hazelden order form. This form also may be used for ordering Olweus and other bullying prevention materials -- or go to the online MESPA Bullying Prevention Initiative Bookstore.
Final report submitted to Governor Dayton on August 1, 2012
Free Movie Screening
May 8, 2013
3800 42nd Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Scroll to poster (PDF) below.
Gov. Task Force Final Report
The Governor's Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying submitted it's final report to Governor Dayton on August 1. To download a copy, scroll down -- or visit the task force Web site at the link above.
Governor’s Bullying Prevention Task Force Expanded
On February 24, 2012 Governor Mark Dayton's office announced the members of a Governor's Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying. The governor said in a statement: “Bullying causes severe suffering and harm to the children, who are its victims; and we must do more to stop it. Children and parents in Minnesota should have confidence that their schools are safe places for learning and are free of harm or intimidation. The work of this Task Force is critical to ensuring that a healthy and nurturing school environment exists for every child in our state.”
The 15-member task force did not include any principals, but has been expanded to include four ex-officio members: an elementary principal (Curt Carpenter
, Clear Spring Elementary, Minnetonka, representing MESPA), a secondary principal (from MASSP), a school board member (from MSBA), and a teacher (from Ed MN). For a list of the original task force members, visit Governor Dayton's Web
"MESPA, the elementary and middle level principals of Minnesota, is the group that should lead the way in Minnesota bullying prevention," said P. Fred Storti, MESPA executive director. "Hazelden and Olweus are the gold standard in evidence-based bully prevention programs. Principals play a vital role in creating a positive school culture."
Bullying Prevention Training
Training is available for your school today! MESPA has contracted with Certified Olweus Trainers to guide schools who purchase the program. For information on bringing a trainer to your school contact Toni Brezina
at Hazelden: 800-328-9000, ext 4937; firstname.lastname@example.org
MESPA MN Bullying Prevention Bookstore
Visit MESPA's Minnesota Bullying Prevention Initiative Bookstore
to purchase evidence-based programs materials for your school.
Or use the MESPA Olweus Order Form at the bottom of this page -- and fax your order to MESPA at 651-999-7311.
Checks payable to Hazelden
. OR contact Toni Brezina at Hazelden for guidance in determining which materials to purchase, or quotes on the potential cost of the program for your school:
800-328-9000, ext 4937; email@example.com
Like to talk with a colleague who has experience using the
Here are a few of the many principals
statewide who are using the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, and who
would be happy to answer your questions.Lorene Force
Dassel-Cokato, 320-286-4100, ext. 1304Michelle Krell,
Kasson-Mantorville, 507-634-1234Greg Seawell,
Melrose, 320-256-3617Joe Thimm