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PA Bullying Prevention Consultation Line

The Office for Safe Schools, Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), announces the availability of the PA Bullying Prevention Consultation Line. The Bullying Prevention Consultation Line is a toll free number that will allow individuals experiencing chronic and unresolved bullying to discuss effective strategies and available resources to deal with school-based bullying.  This supportive resource has been developed in collaboration with the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP), and is available, at no cost, to students, parents/guardians and school districts across the state of Pennsylvania.
Messages can be left 24 hour a day, seven days a week, and will be returned Monday-Friday during normal business hours.  The Consultation Line number is 1-866-716-0424.

11th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support

March 6, 2014

Navigating The Intersect Between Olweus And PBIS: Pennsylvania’s Guidance For Its Practitioners   Presented by:
Tina Lawson EdD, Pattan King of Prussia,Stacie Molnar-Main EdD,Center for Safe Schools,James Palmiero, EdD, PaTTAN Pittsburgh

ABSTRACT: The installation and scale-up of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in Pennsylvania’s public schools is largely informed by the many cross-sector partners who are affiliated with the Commonwealth’s Community of Practice (CoP) on School Based Behavioral Health (SBBH). The CoP on SBBH is comprised by membership that represents the Departments of Education, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health and Public Welfare in addition to various child and youth serving agencies and family and youth delegates. The CoP frames PBIS as a means by which to ensure safe and supportive schools that foster academic achievement and social emotional competence for students. Thus, the CoP has established a cadre of endorsed PBIS facilitators who work at the regional level to provide training and technical assistance for schools implementing PBIS.  At present, PBIS is implemented in over 400 program and school-wide settings across the Commonwealth.

Likewise, Pennsylvania’s Center for Safe Schools, in partnership with the Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools, the Highmark Foundation and the Windber Research Institute, recognizes the importance of bullying prevention as a means to both effect positive change in student attitudes and behaviors and to cultivate nurturing school and community environments. Thus, the Center for Safe Schools established a Bullying Prevention Network of endorsed trainers who work at the regional and local level to provide training and technical assistance for schools implementing evidence-based bulling prevention programs, including the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP). At present OBPP is implemented in over 700 school settings across the Commonwealth.

With such efforts well established, there are Commonwealth schools that are navigating the intersection between PBIS and OBPP. To that end, Pennsylvania’s PBIS and OBPP trainers recognize the need for guidance on how these two frameworks can work together. In particular, the type of guidance being requested situates at two levels: guidance for trainers and guidance for school-based practitioners.Thus, Pennsylvania’s OBPP/PBIS workgroup was established in the winter of 2012 specifically to address this need.

This session addresses the how the OBPP/PBIS workgroup came to coalesce, the strategies the workgroup deployed to inform themselves of the critical issues central the field’s request for additional guidance, and the workgroup’s current and projected efforts to provide information to the field on the intersects between PBIS and OBPP.  The presentation will also frame the workgroup’s response to the following questions.

·        How do OBPP and PBIS address school climate and bullying?

·        How do Pennsylvania’s practitioners see PBIS and OBPP as compatible? 

·        What do Pennsylvania’s educators need to consider when adopting either framework?

PDF of the presentation

Bullying Prevention Resources 



Ross, S. (May 23, 2012). Bullying Prevention in Positive Behavior Supports. Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Implementer's Forum. Hershey, PA.

Horner, R. (January, 2011). Bullying Prevention in Positive Behavior Supports. Pennsylvania Department of Education Conference. Hershey, PA.


Center for Safe Schools: Bullying Prevention Resources. Retrieved from http://www.safeschools.info/bullying-prevention on March 4, 2014.

Bullying Prevention Resources: http://www.safeschools.info/bullying-prevention/bullying-prevention-resources

Children's Safety Network: Bullying Prevention.  Retrieved from http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/pubs_topic on March 4, 2014.

Gulementova, M., Drury, D., Bradshaw, C. (May 10, 2011). National Education Association Bullying Study. Colleagues: Vol 6: Iss. 2, Article 11.

International Bullying Prevention Association

It Gets Better Project: The It Gets Better Project's mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisecual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.

OSEP Technical Assistance Center of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports: Bullying Prevention is SWPBS.

PaTTAN: Bullying Prevention in Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. Retrieved from http://www.pattan.net/category/Educational%20Initiatives/Behavior/page/Bullying_Prevention.html on March 4, 2014.

Ross, S., Horner, R., & Stiller, B.   Bully Prevention in Positive Behavior Support. 
(This 52 page documents focuses on giving students the tools to reduce bullying behavior thorough the blending of school-wide PBIS, explicit instruction and a re-definition of the bullying construct.)

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC): Bullying and Suicide Prevention resources. 

Suicide and Bullying Issue Brief: Retrieved from
http://www.sprc.org/sites/sprc.org/files/library/Suicide_Bullying_Issue_Brief.pdf on March 4, 2014.

University of Pittsburgh -  School Based Behavioral Health: Bullying Resources. Retrieved from http://www.sbbh.pitt.edu/Bullying/30/default.aspx on March 4, 2014

U.S. Department of Education: Keeping Students with Disabilities Safe from Bullying. Retrieved from http://www.ed.gov/blog/2013/08/keeping-students-with-disabilities-safe-from-bullying/ on March 4, 2014.