There have always
been bullies but now it’s easier with the advent of
technology. We need to educate our children about the
damage their words and actions can cause but that kind of
education takes time because in reality, we’re teaching them
program was created to empower students after Columbine and after a student took his life after
being bullied. A teacher in the school had been training
with some of the best motivational speakers in the world and
offered to create a course that would give students the
tools they would need to not only survive life in the 21st
century but thrive.
Throughout the semester program, students learned how to
respect and honor their differences, how to build true
self-esteem by accomplishment, not bullying and much more.
They built teams that rippled throughout the school
decreasing bullying and discipline problems in general all
while improving their grades, attendance, test scores and
graduation rates. A new, safe environment formed in the
school that freed students to focus on learning rather than
fear of what the school day might bring.
As one student said, "The feeling I get when I walk into the
room is one of positive energy. It makes me feel like I
belong. Most importantly to me, I feel safe.”
The newest edition of Strategies for Success has
several specific lessons about bullying - but treats the
topic in an empowering manner helping the bullied to cope
successfully, the bullies to improve their self esteem so
they don't need to bully while giving the bystanders tools
to interrupt bullying while it's taking place.
The end result is an improved overall school climate and
students who have learned how to cope, how to learn, how to
set goals, and how to enjoy being in school.
Awards received for the Strategies for Success Program
Teacher of the Year
Outstanding Educator for the State of Rhode Island
National Finalist Cable in the Classroom Leaders in
Service Award for Rhode island College
Nominated as a "Hero" for the Oprah Winfrey Show
What if after one semester:
There was less bullying
because students had learned and embraced the skills
necessary to communicate effectively, handle stress and improve self-esteem?
60.7% of the students in
your school improved their grades?
65.5% had a better
attitude about school?
80.1% had a more
positive attitude in general?
78.6% handled stress
28.6% improved their
40.1% were in
trouble less often?
These are just some of the
results obtained by students in a suburban high school after spending one
semester in the Strategies for Success leadership/success program.
from my heart that "Strategies for Success" could be taught in all schools and
colleges around the US. I wish I could keep taking this program because there
is always something new to learn."
"Students have come back to thank me for telling them to take "Strategies for Success". What they learned became a part of
them. They seemed to be enthused, active participants of the
The change in many
individuals was amazing!"