GMSD rolls out the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program with staff training this week

Germantown, Tennessee--November 4, 2019--Tomorrow staff across the district will spend the day in training for the rollout of The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP).  Olweus, pronounced ohl-vay-us, is the most researched and best-known bullying prevention program available today.

The program originates from Europe and has remained a stalwart in proven programs in the US for over thirty-five years.  The Olweus framework addresses bullying at the individual, classroom, schoolwide and community levels, but it also provides individual intervention for bullies and those intimidated by their actions.

Last year, the Olweus district leads, Jonathan Pritchett and Carla Christian were sent for training.  Both Pritchett and Christian are school counselors.  Since their training, they have assembled both district and school level teams.  The teams spent the summer training to implement the OBPP at their schools.
Abigail Warren for the Daily Memphian covered Olweus--read her article here.

“I think the best part about this program is that students in GMSD will have one common language to discuss bullying—across schools, across grade levels,” said district lead Jonathan Pritchett.  Moreover, he added, “This is an opportunity to establish more continuity throughout our community in regards to our stance on bullying. This also extends expectations for behavior and community contribution outside of the school walls.”

The school teams will conduct a day of training for all staff at their school locations on Tuesday.  Last month, a sampling of students in grades 3-12 participated in an Olweus Survey through the school counselor departments.  Olweus provides two surveys each year, for leadership to witness the results.  With the first survey completed, each school team will use data to formulate plans for the program rollout with students.

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