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Feds to offer driver training on bullying


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Kevin Jennings of the U.S. Department of Education, shown here at last fall's NAPT conference, announced this week that a free training program to help school bus drivers deal with bullying is expected to be released in July.

Kevin Jennings of the U.S. Department of Education, shown here at last fall's NAPT conference, announced this week that a free training program to help school bus drivers deal with bullying is expected to be released in July.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The U.S. Department of Education will offer a free training program to help school bus drivers deal with bullying.

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe & Drug-Free Schools, made the announcement on Monday at the Transporting Students With Disabilities conference, where he gave a keynote presentation on bullying.

“Students can’t learn if they don’t feel safe,” he said. “Bullying creates a climate of fear, which affects all kids.”

Jennings said that the program is expected to be released in July.

He said that when he spoke about bullying at the National Association for Pupil Transportation conference last fall, he was told that many school bus drivers feel that they haven’t had enough training in this area. That notion was also pointed out in a survey by the National Education Association (NEA).

“There’s an obvious gap that we can fill,” Jennings said.

He also cited NEA statistics indicating that the school bus is the No. 3 location where students are bullied, with No. 1 being inside the school building and No. 2 being outside of the school.

 


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The actual training module turned out much better than the white paper announcing the training contents and pending module. A well put together presentation that will be of help to facilities that actually follow through. The most recent worst example of denial concerning the buses can be viewed at this forum link: http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22356 - Beware that without the help of the better behaved kids and also the well behaved parents involved not much can actually change a bus environment to a calmer, safer place for children, and also a hostile free workplace behind the wheel for the school bus drivers. For something as persistent as bullying requires the best support and persistence that overcomes the bullies persistence to act out their violence. Without that support the bus driver can end up blamed and regardless of how well he or she performs at intervening. Bullies want to keep their power and only give it up when the best behaved involved can hang on to their power to intervene. The NAPT free training module link is available for download at this forum link: http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22362

jkraemer    |    Jun 15, 2011 09:20 PM

For those waiting around for the perfect solution are already over a decade behind those that are stopping bullying now in their schools and on the school buses. Myself uncertain what the Feds will come up with. Some of the recent programs out there include profiteering agendas that do little to stop bullying, special interest 'hate bullying' presentations and presentations that label everything bullying. Recent state training presented by www.bullyfree.com was very well put together and does work where bus driver support is top notch. Also Dr. Gary Namie, our nation's top workplace bullying expert, the first to tackle this issue in our country has strategies that also work in the schoolplace: http://www.workplacebullying.org/targets/problem/bullying-contrasted.html Bullying is accepted in companies as an effective method to motivate employees and to make more money, not a single state has workplace laws prohibiting bullying. The idea of stopping it in the workplace is foreign to these leaders. The movie 'The Devil Wears Prada' (Meryl Streep) demonstrates one method of bullying in the workplace, while 'Swimming With Sharks' (Kevin Spacey) presents another method. The movie 'Teribithia' provides a close look at how kids can bully - Video Review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s29tejWB3n0 There is plenty now for self-study and for schools to intervene in this anomaly, been dealing with this issue on the buses over 10-years and can say be prepared that when directly intervening on the bus the worst bullies will target the bus driver in attempts to take back their power. Excellent staff knowledge and support can bring excellent results. Otherwise expect bad results for the targets, including the bus driver. The fearful dare not tread here. (jk)

jkraemer    |    Mar 22, 2011 09:48 AM

Iy would be wonderful if this was offered to all Middle & High School drivers across the country.

Estelle    |    Mar 18, 2011 10:30 AM

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