Description of the Bullying Prevention Program


Brief Description of the Program


This Allan L. Beane Bullying Prevention Program is the most cost-effective and complete research-based program available. Program materials are ordered in kits.  For a description of each kit, visit www.bullyfree.com and click on “Products” and then click on the desired kit.  Implementation is a simple step-by-step process, but its flexibility allows each school to shape it according to the culture/climate and needs of the school.  To facilitate program implementation, several helpful MicroSoft Word files can be accessed, modified (if needed), and printed at www.bullyfree.com.   The program includes all of the components revealed necessary by research and more, such as: a program implementation team and coordinator, a program implementation manual, prevention and intervention strategies and plans, student involvement and empowerment strategies, teaching and non-teaching staff involvement, staff development, curriculum (30 or more lesson plans per grade level, preschool – high school), parent education and involvement strategies, community involvement strategies, quality supervision strategies, pro-social strategies, behavior expectations, discipline rubrics, brochures for students, parents and school personnel, bulletin board, banners, and posters, etc.  The program includes a strong program summative and formative evaluation component, including valid and reliable surveys and focus group meetings. The Allan L. Beane Bullying Prevention Program has several unique cost-saving features.  For example, it includes books as pdf files for all counselors, all teachers, all non-teaching staff, all students, and for all parents.  These books can be placed on the district’s or school’s website in a secure location and printed as often as desired at no additional cost.  Another unique feature is the program’s parent-education component.  “Parent Chats” (English and Spanish) are sent home for parents to review with their child.  They are designed to reinforce the student’s learning of anti-bullying concepts and to impact the home. Free program implementation assistance is also provided by telephone and email.  For more information, contact Bully Free® Systems, LLC (email: abeane@bullyfree.com; phone: (270) 227-0431.


Full Description of the Program


This document reviews the philosophy, structure, and effective components and elements of the Allan L. Beane Bullying Prevention Program. This program is the most comprehensive/complete school-wide or district-wide anti-bullying program available to schools and districts around the world. It is a research-based program that includes administrative strategies, teacher strategies, lesson plans for each grade level (preschool through high school), classroom meetings, student involvement, bystander empowerment, and an optional Bullying Prevention Bus Training Course and Prevention Kit, which can be used to train personnel, present to students and present to parents.  Also optional is a Bullying Prevention Bus Training Course and Prevention Kit.  The program also includes parent involvement, community involvement, and all of the elements and components that must be present in effective anti-bullying programs.


What are the major goals of the program?


The major goals of the program are:


  • To send a clear message to students, staff, parents, and community members that bullying will not be tolerated.
  • To train school personnel, student, and parents regarding the prevention of bullying.
  • To establish and enforce rules and policies focusing on bullying.
  • To reduce existing bullying situations through administrative and teacher-centered strategies and a comprehensive scope and sequence of age-appropriate lesson plans for each grade level.
  • To create more peaceful and safer schools and school buses.
  • To promote a sense of belonging and acceptance in all students so that they feel connected to their school.
  • To involve and empower students as bystanders to prevent and stop bullying.
  • To educate parents about bullying and to involve them in the program.
  • To involve the community in the program.
  • To create a school culture where adults are warm, positive, and trustworthy role models and viewed as authorities.
  • To significantly improve adult supervision on school property, especially in high-risk areas.
  • To restructure the school culture and social environment in a way that adults and students take action and expect immediate intervention, investigation, and confrontation of students engaged in bullying behavior.
  • To implement nonphysical and non-hostile strategies for changing the behavior of students engaged in bullying and follow through with disciplinary actions if the bullying behavior persists.
  • To provide intervention for children who are bullied and who bully.


What is the program’s philosophy?


The philosophy of the Allan L. Beane Bullying Prevention Program is based on child development research; social psychology; research regarding school climate and development of a peaceful, safe, and meaningful community; effective teaching; learning principles; behavior and classroom management; and current thinking regarding effective anti-bullying programs.


The program is based on and maintains the following:

  • Bullying is a form of overt and aggressive behavior that is intentional, hurtful (physical or psychological, or both), and persistent (repeated). Bullied students are teased, harassed, and assaulted verbally or physically by one or more peers and often socially rejected by their peers. There has to be an imbalance of power. Although this definition of bullying is well accepted, some children may be hurt so much by a single event that they are changed for life. Therefore, it is not as important to label an event as bullying as it is to help children who are being hurt, regardless of the number of times they have been mistreated. Some experts feel that a single act of mistreatment should be considered bullying, if it impacts their emotional health and their education.
  • Bullying is violence and is a heart problem. Students need to have more empathy and sensitivity regarding the needs and experiences of others. They must overcome their desire to be accepted by those who seem popular and powerful and who mistreat others. They also must have the courage to intervene in bullying situations, when there is no danger of being harmed themselves. An effective program also maintains that children basically have good hearts and that an effective program should emphasize their potential for future leadership, affirm their strengths, and encourage them to do good and remarkable things. Therefore, an effective anti-bullying program discourages labeling children as victims or bullies. There are simply children who are mistreated (bullied) and children who mistreat others (bullies). Both groups need help.
  • Bullying behavior should not be labeled as mild, moderate, and severe. How children respond to mistreatment varies too greatly. One child, because of his or her past life experiences (psychological and relational), temperament, personality, sensitivity, and other characteristics, may consider a bullying behavior moderate or severe bullying while another child considers the same behavior as a mild form of bullying.
  • An effective program:
  • Should include not only a framework, policies, and procedures but also proactive prevention strategies and intervention strategies that are administrative, teacher centered, student centered, and parent centered, as well as an age-appropriate curriculum (lesson plans, materials, and resources for each grade level) with an appropriate scope and sequence. This eliminates the need for schools to take the time to determine what must be taught at each grade level.
  • Involves systematic school-wide (and district-wide) implementation of the program.  The coordinating team is provided a manual and tools to ensure such systematic implementation. The program must be continuous and become a way of living every day in the school for all school personnel. It’s not enough to have a few teachers or the counselor teaching lessons and responding to bullying.
  • Helps prevent students from becoming targets of bullying, helps those who are bullied, helps children who bully change the way they act, empowers bystanders, and educates all stakeholders (for example, school personnel, parents, and community representatives).
  • Has implementation flexibility that does not jeopardize effectiveness. One size does not fit all. All schools and communities are different, and schools should be allowed to select strategies that are most appropriate for them.
  • Maintains that the main responsibility of a program rests with adults, but also maintains that student-initiated change is critical, beginning with school personnel seeking input from all students and listening to students.  An effective program harnesses the knowledge, experience, and energy of the students.
  • Maintains that, when appropriate, students who are bullied need to learn how to clearly state their disapproval of their mistreatment and help themselves in other ways, but it is mainly the responsibility of adults to prevent and stop bullying.
  • Maintains that it is important not to minimize any problem, such as sexual harassment or racism, by classifying it under the umbrella term bullying. Although an effective anti-bullying program will attack these problems, additional efforts are required to prevent and reduce these problems.
  • Maintains that peer mediation and conflict resolution are not usually effective in helping true aggressive bullies to change. These are just important skills to teach students in order to have a more peaceful school.
  • Endorses that consistent application of consequences is important (negative for inappropriate behavior and positive for desired new behavior) but also encourages a healthy dialogue regarding norms, rules, and issues between school personnel, students, and parents that stimulates creativity and solutions to life problems, especially bullying. Pro-social (non-punitive) strategies should also be used. Also, improvement in behavior should be rewarded.
  • Places great value on quality and sufficient adult supervision. Each school should develop a supervision plan that includes strategies for each high-risk area identified and provides training for supervisors. Therefore, the program should include a bank of ideas for increasing and improving the quality of supervision and adding structure to unstructured times. To support these efforts, the program should include behavioral expectations for each high-risk area.
  • Seeks to change the culture of the school and create a “telling environment.”  To change the culture of a school, all faculty, staff, and students need to be involved in the program. There must also be strong parent involvement. Students need to see and experience activities and visuals (such as posters, banners, and bulletin boards) that communicate that the school is serious about preventing and stopping bullying. These serve as visual safety cues. Students also see an appropriate response to bullying and need to feel that teachers and staff care about their hurt, understand their hurt, and know how to respond in a way that will not make it worse for them.
  • Rewards efforts to make the school free of bullying and celebrates successful efforts and the achievement of program goals.

Who will benefit from the program?


Any anti-bullying program should be used in every school and have a broad base of impact. The Allan L. Beane Bullying Prevention Program targets students in preschool, elementary, middle or junior high, and high school and, to some extent, the community. Some of the strategies are designed specifically for students who are bullied and students who bully others, while other strategies are designed for all students in a school. There is also a bank of administrative strategies.  Parents, law enforcement officers, and community representatives also play a role in the program. System-wide, school-wide, classroom, and individual components interrelate throughout the program.


What are the major components of the program?


The program includes the following major components that should be present in any anti-bullying program:

  • Each school forms and trains a coordinating committee called the Bullying Prevention Program Team. The team is a working committee that meets on a regular basis and makes sure the 19 program implementation steps are completed. When the program is implemented in several schools, a district steering committee is encouraged.
  • One member of the team serves as the director or coordinator of the program. This person selects a team member to serve as the team’s recorder or secretary, and another member is asked to coordinate the evaluation of the program (determining effectiveness).
  • Mission statement, goals, objectives, a slogan, and logo are established by the Bullying Prevention Program Team.
  • There is an ongoing effort to promote acceptance and a sense of belonging in all students by encouraging them to treat others the way they would want to be treated.
  • Anti-bullying policies, procedures, rules, discipline rubrics, and behavioral expectations for the high-risk areas are established.
  • Response plans are developed to allow immediate, consistent intervention by adults.
  • Appropriate progressive negative or reductive consequences and positive consequences are used as well as non-punitive, non-blaming approaches.
  • A comprehensive bank of research-based and proven prevention and intervention strategies is provided. The strategies are:
    • System centered (district-wide and school-wide)
    • Child centered (the bullied, the child who bullies, followers, bystanders)
    • Peer centered (empowerment of bystanders so they become upstanders)
    • Family centered
    • Personnel centered
    • Community centered
  • Bullying awareness training and program implementation training are provided for all school personnel.
  • Bullying prevention awareness presentation is held for parents and community representatives.
  • A bullying prevention awareness assembly is held for students.
  • There is an assembly for students to increase awareness and their involvement.
  • There is a meeting for parents, school personnel, and community representatives to increase awareness and their involvement.
  • Serious talks or interviews are conducted with children who are bullied, children who bully, followers, and bystanders.
  • Bullying prevention lesson plans are provided for every grade level, from preschool to high school.
  • Classroom meetings are used for reviewing lessons and problem-solving.
  • Reporting systems and bulletin boards, posters, banners, and pamphlets designed to help change the culture of the school are provided.
  • Adults model treating others the way you want to be treated. Therefore, there are consequences when they are not good models.
  • Strategies are included for the following:
    • Student involvement and empowerment plan
    • Parent involvement and education plan
    • Community involvement and education pla
  • Parent Education in the form of “Parent Chats” (English and Spanish) sent home for parents to review with their child.  They are signed and returned to school.
  • Strategies are included for:
    • Identifying children who are bullied, children who bully, and followers
    • Ongoing communication with stakeholders
    • Maintaining the program’s momentum
    • Communicating leadership’s commitment
    • Creating a “telling environment”: school personnel and parents must become “safe places” to tell about bullying
    • Identifying high-risk areas
    • Developing and monitoring a supervision plan, supervision schedule, and information exchange system
    • Evaluating the effectiveness of the program
  • Ongoing review and monitoring of program implementation and effectiveness are conducted through surveys, examining existing data, staff focus meetings, student focus meetings, and parent focus meetings.
  • Strategies for maintaining momentum throughout the school year and each following year are provided.
  • Intervention plans are provided for children who are bullied and children who bully.


What are the major elements of the program?


The components of the program include the following critical elements:

  • Addresses all forms of bullying: physical, verbal, social, relational, and electronic.
  • Uses research-based strategies and an age-appropriate curriculum, with lesson plans for each grade level from preschool through high school.
  • Recognizes and allows the creativity and preferences of schools yet ensures systematic and consistent implementation.
  • Includes curriculum and a multitude of strategies that promote acceptance and a sense of belonging, and empower bystanders.  
  • Addresses empathy, impulse control, anger management, friendship, characteristics of healthy relationships, supporting children who are bullied, changing the behavior of children who bully, empowerment of bystanders, parent education, community involvement, and much more.
  • Provides instruction in peer mediation and conflict resolution. Although these are not usually effective in resolving bullying problems, they are important skills to give children.
  • Empowers school personnel, parents, volunteers, community representatives, and students.
  • Is process oriented (as opposed to conducting only special events). It maintains that the little things done every day—for example, letting others hear you compliment a student who is bullied, helping students identify what they have in common, and giving a student a list of his or her positive characteristics—are what make a difference in attitudes, thinking, and behavior.
  • Includes an ongoing effort to encourage students to treat others the way they would want to be treated.
  • Includes student-initiated activities.
  • Includes systematic implementation of prevention and intervention strategies that are administrative, teacher centered, student centered, and parent centered and are coupled with curriculum.
  • Includes policies and procedures for investigating rumors and unverified reports of bullying, as well as responding to bullying when it is observed.
  • Seeks to help all stakeholders (school personnel, students, parents, community representatives) understand the nature of bullying.
  • Harnesses the energy and commitment of students and empowers them as bystanders.
  • Encourages adults to model treating others the way they want to be treated.
  • Identifies high-risk areas and includes supervision strategies and supportive supervisory strategies to be used (for example, adding structure to unstructured activities).
  • Recognizes that boys and girls from all walks of life bully and is sensitive to the differences in their behavior.
  • Creates a “telling environment”: all adults must be “safe places” to tell about bullying.
  • Does not minimize any forms of bullying behavior and does not classify such behaviors as mild, moderate, and severe because the impact varies too much from one student to another.
  • Includes several student-to-student and student-to-adult activities focusing on student thinking, input, and feedback, including student focus meetings and lesson plan activities requiring students to discuss questions, reflection, journaling, reach consensus, express orally and in writing their thoughts and feelings, and so on.


What materials and resources are included in the program?


Materials to Guide the Bullying Prevention Program Team.  Each team member is provided a copy of Bullying Prevention for Schools: A Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing a Successful Anti-bullying Program (Publisher: Jossey-Bass). The team is also given access at www.bullyfree.com to numerous helpful Microsoft Word files of program implementation materials, handouts, and examples of such documents as discipline rubrics, policies, and supervision plans, and much more.


Kits of Instructional Materials and Support Resources.  Teachers, counselors, parents, and students are provided a variety of instructional and support materials and resources. All of the materials needed to implement the program are provided in a kit purchased by a school: Bullying Prevention Program Kit for Preschool, a Bullying Prevention Program Kit for Elementary Schools, a Bullying Prevention Program Kit for Middle Schools, and a Bullying Prevention Program Kit for High Schools. To see a listing of the materials in each kit and their cost visit www.bullyfree.com, click on “Products” and then click on the desired kit.  You can see a description of each kit item, by clicking on the item.  The Bullying Prevention Program Kits include a comprehensive scope and sequence of lesson plans for every level.  There are over 30 core/essential lesson per grade level.  Every teacher teaches one core lesson per week.  At each grade level, there are several supplemental lessons that can be taught by school counselors.  The preschool lessons are approximately 15 minutes in length, elementary and middle school lessons are 30-45 minutes, and the high school lessons are 15 minutes.  Also included in the kits are materials for teachers, counselors, parents, students, and even reference guides for school support staff such as secretaries, maintenance personnel, and cafeteria service personnel. There are also materials that can be placed in the school library.  The program includes supportive materials such as pamphlets, posters, bulletin boards, banners, card games, and many other materials.  


Is training required to implement the program?  No.  However, several districts have asked Dr. Allan Beane, the developer of the program, to speak to the entire district and to provide training.  He is also often asked to conduct school assembly programs and conduct a parent or community-wide presentation.  The program’s coordinating committee will conduct some training during the implementation of the program. 


What training resources are available? The training resources are option and are included in a separate kit.  Districts can purchase this Bullying Prevention Training and Presentation Kit that includes over four hours of training on DVD for school personnel and a CD with PowerPoints and scripts for conducting school assembly programs and for training school personnel to respond to bullying they hear and see.  There is also a two-hour DVD presentation for parents.  Dr. Allan Beane, the developer of the program, is also available for training.  On-line training is being developed.


Does the program include training and strategies for preventing and stopping bullying on school buses?  Yes, but it is a separate program kit.   The Bullying Prevention Bus Training Course and Strategies Kit is an optional kit available for school district’s Director of Transportation (or the Assistant Superintendent in charge of transportation.  The kit includes five hours of anti-bullying training on three high-quality DVDs.  This training is for bus drivers, bus attendants, monitors, etc.  Also included is a manual for Directors of Transportation with over 100 strategies for preventing and stopping bullying on buses.  The kit also includes a CD-ROM with 80 or more MicroSoft Word Files.


If you need further assistance or wish Dr. Beane to present in your district, please contact us at (270) 227-0431 or email us at abeane@bullyfree.com.  You can also contact him through the website www.bullyfree.com.

When ordering, use the order form at www.bullyfree.com.