Marlborough Public Schools Bullying Prevention Curriculum
In the fall of 2011, the Marlborough Public School administrative team formed a review committee to choose a DESE-approved, evidence-based bullying prevention curriculum for students in grades preK-12. Members were selected by district principals and included representatives from the health and wellness departments, school counselors, elementary educators, and local business and nonprofit stakeholders.
The review committee chose the evidence-based Bully Proofing curriculum for students in grades preK-12. The committee chose to supplement the Bully Proofing lessons with lessons from the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC), also evidence-based, focusing on cyber-bullying.
In the spring of 2012, the scope and sequence committee integrated the Bully Proofing lessons and the MARC lessons into one bullying prevention program for prekindergarten through grade 12, calling it, MC3; Marlborough; Creating a Caring Community.
MC3 reflects the community’s commitment to the health and well-being of its citizens, as well as an overall cultural change the schools want to effect within the community. MC3 seeks to build a caring school community, where all citizens know the common vocabulary and expectations for healthy, safe behavior. Citizens also can identify and access prevention and intervention resources available to them, beginning in our schools.
In summer 2012, further development of the program focused on training educators and parents. Workshop training was delivered to all counselors, administrators and health and wellness educators. Presentations were created for delivery to all other educators, parents and support staff, and materials were ordered from Bully Proofing and MARC cyber-bullying lessons.
This past summer 2012, Marlborough Public Schools received a Safe & Drug-Free Schools state grant to fund additional training and book purchasing for all of our high school teachers.
Beginning in September, 2012, the Pilot MC3 Program started for students K-12 in the health and wellness classes. Throughout the year, students will be introduced to the concept of “Creating a Caring Community” through activities and lessons enhanced by teachers and administration.
Other activities planned for the Pilot Year (2012-2013) include:
- Professional development training for educators during half-day professional development days. Training will include lessons about the Bully Proofing philosophy, how to enhance instruction using the tenets of the program, and common language that the district will use to talk about and begin “creating a caring community.”
- Delivering student-centered programming that helps foster a caring community during half-day professional development mornings when school is in session.
- Parent information sessions, where we will present an overview of the curriculum, field questions, and encourage participation. These dates are Oct. 15, Oct. 29 and Nov. 26, 2012, at the District Education Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (To see the presentation from the Oct. 15 parent information session, click here.)
- Identify and create a volunteer committee (similar to the District’s Health and Wellness Committee) that includes representatives from all school buildings’ faculties and student bodies, city businesses and nonprofit organizations, and parents.
- MC3 Committee will develop and promote the MC3 Mission Statement.
- Co-coordinators will update administration on the progress toward the Believe 2016 Goal 4, Objective 2.
- MC3 logo contest for students to generate excitement and commitment to the cultural change. The logo will be informative and instructional.
- Summer Institute to Plan Year 2.