Culture and Community

Resources for educators and school personnel

Topics relating to culture and community, including emotionally safe schools, school climate, the role of schools in society, increasing positivity, promoting social and emotional growth, health and safety issues, perfectionism and the pursuit of excellence, the school environment, bullying, and problem solving.

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 Articles, handouts, and blogs

7 Steps to Bully-Proofing Kids by Naomi Drew
10 Characteristics of Healthy Adult-Child Relationships
10 Dangers of Encouraging Obedience and People Pleasing
An Alternative to Advice Giving: Asking questions to guide problem solving
Appreciating Diversity: What kids are really learning
Are We Still Guilty of Gender Stereotyping? Self-assessment survey
Back to the Future? Not so Much, Thank You
Bearing Witness: Support for Children in Crisis
The Beauty of Losing Control: An effective way to be in charge
Behavior Profiles and Power
Bouncing Back: The art of resiliency
Brave New World: The Changing Role of Schools in Society
Building Your Classroom Community
“Bully” is a Four-Letter Word by Dr. Jo Ann Freiberg
Bullying Checklist for Kids by Naomi Drew
Bully-Proofing Kids by Dr. Michele Borba
The Challenge of Setting Boundaries
Checklist: Characteristics of positive teacher-student relationships
Children at Risk: Common characteristics and family patterns
Conflict Prevention and Conflict Resolution
Creating a Safe Emotional Environment for Kids (and Others)
Creating Kindness: Doing good whether it does any good or not
Dealing Successfully with Your Students’ Parents
Dealing with Difficult Colleagues

The Dignity Stance by Naomi Drew
The Discipline Trap: Catching up to the 21st Century
Dream Big: Encouraging Your children’s fantasies—and their future
Expert on Bullying Discusses Ways to Reduce the Problem
Fear, Stress, and Learning
Finding a Safe Adult: Advice for Kids (and the adults who care about them)
Handling Negative Student Behavior
Healthy vs. Unhealthy Friendships
I-Messages: The Handout
Improving Student Behavior Through School Climate— It’s not about the Rules
Industrial Age vs. Information Age (Classrooms and Schools)
Is Your School an Emotionally Safe Place? Survey
Jane Bluestein Discusses Emotionally Safe Schools: Interview
Magic Sentences for Effective Communication
The Myth of the Self-Esteem “Myth”
Non-Supportive Responses to Avoid: Yes, these really do make things worse!
Parents as Allies
Perfectionism vs. The Healthy Pursuit of Excellence

Playing Well with Others: Not all it’s cracked up to be
Pretty and Popular: Bias and Discrimination in Schools
Preventing Bullying in the Digital Age: Understanding and managing cyberspace aggression
The Problem with Zero Tolerance and Push-Out Policies
Rules and Beliefs of Unhealthy Systems
The Saber-Tooth Curriculum Revisited: A Brief Walk in Time
The School as a Dysfunctional Family
Staying Positive in the Face of Negativity and Horror
Stress and the Brain: The impact of stress on learning and behavior
Stressful or Painful School Experiences: Events that can compromise emotional safety and learning
Students: Worth the Investment
Supportive Alternatives for Dealing with Other People’s Problems and Feelings
Survey: Is Your School an Emotionally Safe Place?
Teacher Self-Assessment
Testing, Testing…: The impact of high-stakes testing on school climate
Top 5 Tips for Connecting with Parents
Understanding Schools in Context

Ways to Build Tolerance and Respect for Diversity
Ways to Improve the School’s Social Culture
What is Optimal Self-Esteem: Egosystem or Ecosystem
What’s So Hard About Win-Win: Getting Past Old Win-Lose Traditions
What’s Wrong with I-Messages?
Win-Win Ideas for Administrators
“You Belong” poem by Naomi Drew


Book: The Beginning Teacher’s Survival Guide: Win-Win Strategies for Success
Book: The Book of Article Reprints
Book: Classroom Management
Book: The Complete Book of Handouts
Book: Creating Emotionally Safe Schools
Book: High School’s Not Forever
Book: Mentors, Masters and Mrs. MacGregor: Stories of Teachers Making a Difference
Book: The Win-Win Classroom
Book: The Win-Win Classroom Facilitator’s Guide

Audio: Practical Strategies for Working Successfully with Difficult Students
Audio: TeacherTapes (mp3 download)

Articles: Individual article reprints for educators, counselors, parents, and general interest.

Stationery Item: Elementary Booster Shots free reproducible black-line masters for elementary kids, free download
Stationery Item: Secondary Booster Shots free reproducible black-line masters for secondary kids, free download

Free download: “Pads” on the Back Templates in multiple languages


The Adversity Connection with Dan Deigan
“Bully” is a Four-Letter Word with Jo Ann Freiberg
Bullying Podcast with Stan Davis
The Choice is Yours with Lynn Collins
Compassionate Schools with James Wright
“Constructive Differencing” with Jared Scherz
Creating an Environment of Resiliency in School with David Friedli
The Fragile Learner with Hanoch McCarty
The Future and Art of Drug Education with Jeffrey Wolfsberg
Increasing Parent Involvement in Schools: Building supportive relationships with Lulu Lopez
No Kidding About Bullying with Naomi Drew
Perfectionism: What’s Bad About Being Too Good with Dr. Miriam Adderholdt
The Saber-Tooth Curriculum Revisited with Dr. Richard Biffle


Are Your Colleagues Driving You Crazy? Building Bridges with Difficult People in Your Life
Bearing Witness: Support for Kids in Crisis
Climate and Connectedness: Keys to Successful Teaching
Creating Emotionally Safe Schools: Is Your School an Emotionally Safe Place?
Dealing with Difficult Students: Practical Strategies for Success with Defiant, Defeated, and other At-Risk Kids
Grownups, Kids, and Boundaries: How to Draw the Line
The ‘I-Can’ Classroom: Building for Success and Achievement for ALL Students
“My Brain Doesn’t Work Like That!”: Creating Success with Non-Traditional Learners by Accommodating Learning Differences
“No Really, I’m Fine!” Connecting with Kids in Emotional Distress
Positively Positive at School: Keeping the Focus You Want in your Classroom 
The Win-Win Classroom: A Fresh and Positive Look at Classroom Management

Other topics for educators and school personnel.

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