Both bullying prevention and social emotional learning (SEL) programs can result in positive outcomes for students. However, research suggests that SEL programming alone is not a best practice for bullying prevention but can help when both are integrated into a schoolwide prevention approach. Effective bullying prevention requires a multicomponent approach including classroom-level prevention where SEL instruction takes place. Thus, within bullying prevention efforts, SEL plays an important role and within SEL instruction, an intentional focus on bullying prevention is critical for student well-being. Both are essential for building a positive climate whether in traditional or virtual school.
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is proven to reduce bullying in schools and it also provides a framework for an effective, comprehensive approach to SEL. Presenters from the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program will share research on the relationship between SEL and bullying prevention and discuss how understanding the connection can contribute to a welcoming, safe learning environment. Specific strategies for strengthening SEL skills, reducing bullying, and incorporating both for seamless implementation will be presented.
Jan Urbanski, Ed.D., Director of Safe & Humane Schools, Clemson University
June Jenkins, M.Ed., Training Coordinator, Safe & Humane Schools, Clemson University