The Colorado Legacy Foundation Releases Colorado Blueprint for Bullying Prevention
Research shows that positive school climates where all students feel safe and engaged lead to better outcomes for schools, for students, and for educators. Yet, recent tragic school violence and youth suicides highlight the need to enhance our efforts to reduce bullying and to create schools that are safe and foster a positive learning environment for all students.
Colorado has included bullying prevention as a component of many state and local policies, systems, and programs and we have many assets and much infrastructure to draw upon in our efforts. However, there is still much work to be done at state and local levels to fully integrate and sustain effective bullying prevention policies, systems, and practices.
In response to this challenge education leaders from across the state came together for a Statewide Bullying Prevention Summit on April 15, 2011 to craft recommendations for enhancing bullying prevention efforts statewide. Participants included the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, the Colorado School Safety Resource Center, the Colorado Association of School Executives, the Colorado Association of School Boards, the Colorado Education Association, state legislators, local school board members, district and school leaders, community partners, and youth. These leaders engaged in critical dialogue focused on analyzing the needs for enhancing school climate and bullying prevention efforts, identifying opportunities for innovation and creative collaboration, and prioritizing key strategies that could be pursued to enhance school climate and bullying prevention systems and supports across the state.
The result of this Summit is the Colorado Blueprint for Bullying Prevention which identifies current statewide needs and gaps, lessons learned and best practices from districts across the state, and provides recommendations for statewide objectives and actionable strategies to enhance bullying prevention efforts.