Monitoring School Violence
This collaboratory created a monitoring model to enhance the understanding of the occurrence of violence in schools. The goal of the project was to better prepare teachers and school administrators to respond with appropriate interventions and to monitor the effect of those interventions. The site of the project was Shevach Moffett High School in Israel.
The collaboratory was able to compare and contrast information. The first/second year data comparison were the source of many discussions in the school. The survey data illustrated that some of the grassroots interventions they had developed were working well with regard to school climate and support issues. The monitoring pieces allowed the school to go beyond developing policy and interventions by examining the degree to which both have been effective.
Another component of the collaboratory was the collection of qualitative and "process-oriented" information outlining the use of the data in meetings with teachers, students, parents, and administrators. The findings showed that the data are trusted and are almost always the focus of discussions. Furthermore, the data required staff and students to define new and innovative ways to address the problems. For example, the findings suggested that students could be used more in the planning groups and that there should be more interaction with student body organizations on these issues.
The project continues to receive national and international attention and exposure, with much of this reflecting the collaboratory partners' confidence in the work. One illustration of the project's impact is the nomination of the Principal of Shevach Moffett High School as educator of the year in Israel, due in part to his efforts in violence prevention.
An honorable mention has been awarded to "School violence in context: Neighborhood, family, school, and gender" (Oxford University Press, 2005), by Professors Rami Benbenishty, PhD, of Hebrew University and Ron Avi Astor, PhD, of the University of Southern California by The Society of General Psychology.
Last updated: 6/20/06
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