Introductory Training of Facilitators
This package ca be used in any of site training options mentioned above.
This training involves a 2-day training symposium for schools. A standard
training package involves 2 days of Dr. Twemlow and Sacco and 3 days of
Sensei Stephen Twemlow. This format can provide initial training to begin
implementing anti-bullying programs. This approach can be used to train
large groups and to introduce models for custom adaptation of an
ant-bullying program from each respective school attending
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Baseline Evaluation Surveys
Once a school decides to begin an anti-bullying program, the Twemlow &
Sacco Group strongly recommend creating a reliable baseline to measure the
impact of the climate intervention. This can be accomplished using a
validated survey developed in collaboration with University of Kansas
Department of Clinical Child Psychology. This is a type of "violence audit"
that can be useful in long-term program improvement and as data for ongoing
grant competitions. Survey costs: $1-3(depending on number of
students)/student administration. (Insert survey
sample, report options, etc.)
The Twemlow & Sacco approach stresses ongoing supervision and "real life"
problem solving. The up-front training is just a launching pad for ongoing
program implementation. Ongoing supervision can take several forms depending
on the level of resources available to dedicate to the anti-bullying
program. Options range from phone consultation and conferencing to
participation in an ongoing membership bulletin boards and other distance
Phone supervision can be purchased by the hour ($200/hour/30 minute
minimum/intervals) as needed. Package prices for retained blocks of
supervision time are available. Phone conferencing can include small groups
using one Twemlow & Sacco supervisor and as many participants as is deemed
workable by the schools. Phone Conferencing fees not included in Supervisory
Rate. Rate packages are all "use them or lose them" monthly hours purchased
through a quarterly retainer for a minimum of one year (weekly x 40 weeks).
Weekly/1hour: $6,000, Weekly/2 hour: $10,000. Larger contracted packages for
grants available to specification.
Field visits by Sensei Twemlow for the Gentle Warrior Health and Physical
Education program are available to schools who want to energize their
schools programs. Sensei Stephen can work along side the school's personnel
in delivering Gentle Warrior classes K-12. These field visits are follow up
to the initial training and take place in schools with ongoing Health and
Physical Education classes. Sensei Stephen can generate a great deal of
interest in the anti-bullying program and can be used to model the type of
energy and structure needed to make these classes successful.
Program Development Materials
A full range of educational materials can be used in developing this
program. Schools can purchase a license to use customized artwork, cartoon
characters, workbooks, posters, buttons, magnets that all use the program
message to reinforce the anti-bullying message. The Program Manual offers a
detailed outline used in the research programs in elementary schools.
Pre-printed educational materials (insert link to
catalogue) can also be ordered separately for use in smaller schools
A 55-minute parent video, 13 minute children's video, and audio CD of
kid's song: BACK OFF BULLY are available. (Insert link
to videos) These video and audio products can be used
in a variety of ways in school and at home.
This 55-minute video is designed to be sent home to
parents of K-5 students and used over a period of time by the parent and
child working together to either solve an existing or prevent a future
incident of bullying at school. Teachers or counselors can send the video
home and try to stimulate some parent participation in dealing with a
bullying problem. The videos can be made available through the school or
local library and are designed to offer teachers, counselors,
vice-principals a way to respond to bullying in a non-punitive, problem
solving format prior to or immediately following disciplinary actions. PTOs
can be urged to share the video and begin dialogues designed to increase
parent involvement in creating a positive school learning climate.
This 13-minute video is designed for use in a K-5
classroom or gym setting during health or physical education classes. The
video has up beat dancing and the Back Off Bully hip hop tune mixed with
scenarios of school and home bullying as well as some role played solutions
to bullying attacks as demonstrated by the developer of the Gentle Warrior
Program, Sensei Stephen Twemlow. The video can be shown and then the skills
can be practiced and the problem discussed with the health or physical
education teacher. The tape has be well received by the children regardless
of how many times it has been seen. The power of the message comes from the
re-introduction of the simple themes put forth in the video.
BACK OFF BULLY AUDIO CD
This audio CD is a single original soundtrack song
designed to send a message to children K-5. The song is a way to promote
unconscious and conscious reflection on the power dynamics involved in
bullying. The words are designed to define a bully, a victim, and a
bystander and how their respective roles contribute to the bullying problem.
The song was designed to be a catchy, hip-hop tune that teaches the messages
of BACK OFF or creative, assertive self presentation. The CD can be used in
classrooms when problem break out, as a break or reward, or as a part of a
health or physical education curriculum.
Grant seeking/Interdisciplinary Collaboration
The Twemlow & Sacco Group have been involved in the design
and implementation of a successful, well-researched program (CAPSULE as
researched by the Child and Family Center at the Menninger Clinic, Topeka,
Kansas). This research started as a controlled study and evolved with
private support into a 3-year randomized and controlled study. Results are
impressive and include increased achievement (insert
MAT Paer) as well as a decrease in disciplinary
The Twemlow & Sacco Group are active
in developing INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION networks. Twemlow & Sacco have
worked with the FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime on
Threat Assessment and School Shootings. They specialize in designing large
scale interventions that target SYSTEMATIC change and climate interventions.
The research evidence and the Twemlow & Sacco experience can be used in
seeking financing from private, local, state, and federal sources.
Collaborative networks are developed with enthusiastic participants working
in high need areas to aggressively pursue grants. Schools can link together
and learn as a connected educational/supervisory community to improve
learning environments under expert supervision.
Please see the following Bibliographic
Citations for the Foundation of this base of evidence and expertise offered
by the Twemlow & Sacco Group.