Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
Blueprints Program Rating: Promising
A bullying prevention program that includes schoolwide, classroom, individual, and community strategies that create a safe and positive school climate, improve peer relations, and increase awareness of and reduce the opportunities and rewards for bullying behavior. This anti-bullying program offers activities designed for use in elementary, middle, junior and high schools.
With teachers implementing the OBPP during regular class time, the main categories of cost are initial training/consultation and materials. Sustainability costs may involve training each year for new school administrators, educators, staff and parents if conducted by someone outside the district. The BPCC (or overall School Climate Committee) may also need refresher trainings as members will change over the long term.
Grants, whether federal or from the foundation community, are good options for initial costs. Parent organizations within the schools have often funded bullying prevention training or materials for school professionals. Funding toolkits for writing grants for implementation of the OBPP are available on the OBPP website olweus.sites.clemson.edu/documents/OBPPFundingTookKit.pdf.
Allocating State or Local General Funds
State education funds as well as local school district funding should be considered for both training and materials. Some county and state mental health funds have been used to support OBPP implementation in schools.
Maximizing Federal Funds
Formula Funds: Title I funds can potentially support materials purchase, training and teacher salaries in schools that are operating schoolwide Title I programs. While OBPP is integrated into the curriculum, it must be shown to contribute to overall academic achievement.
Discretionary Grants: Federal discretionary grants from the Department of Education have been used to fund the initial training of BPCC members, administrators, teachers and staff.
Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships
Foundations can be a good source of funds for initial training, student surveys and materials.
Generating New Revenue
Community fundraising through parent-teacher organizations or partnerships with local business and civic associations can assist with funding training and/or materials.
All information comes from the responses to a questionnaire submitted by the purveyor.