What Works Brief #7: Harassment and Bullying

How can school communities make sure their environments are free from all forms of aggression and victimization, including harassment, violence, and bullying?

This What Works Brief, cowritten by Meagan O’Malley, former Research Associate at WestEd, provides school staff with suggestions, including how to:

  • Be visible, active, and interested
  • Implement and advocate for clear, consistent, and fair behavior management policies, practices, and programs
  • Encourage student and community involvement
  • Provide conflict resolution education

Note: Developed by the California Safe and Supportive Schools (S3) Technical Assistance Center, What Works Briefs summarize state-of-the-art practices, strategies, and programs for improving school climate.

Based on the most current research, each of the ten briefs provides practical recommendations for school staff, parents, and community members and can be used separately to target specific issues (e.g., family engagement) or grouped together to address more complex, systemwide issues.

What Works Briefs are organized into three sections:

  • Quick Wins: What Teachers and Adults Can Do Right Now
  • Universal Supports: Schoolwide Policies, Practices, and Programs
  • Targeted Supports: Intensive Supports for At-Risk Youth

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