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Mapping and Monitoring Bullying and Violence

Building a Safe School Climate

Ron Astor and Rami Benbenishty

Publication Date - 20 October 2017

ISBN: 9780190847067

120 pages
7 x 10 inches

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This guide introduces practical solutions for creating and implementing a school violence monitoring sytstem.


Mapping and Monitoring Bullying and Violence is a guidebook for district and school education leaders and professionals to reduce incidents of violence and bullying and enhance students' well-being. Written in a step-by-step format, the text is designed to assist in collecting and making better use of data on non-academic issues in schools, such as reports of victimization, weapon and drug possession, theft of personal property, suicide ideation, and other areas. The authors advocate an ongoing monitoring approach that involves collecting information from multiple audiences about what is taking place in and around schools. One part of this process is mapping, which gives school leaders, students, and staff members a visual record of areas of the campus considered safe, alongside those that students view to be places where they might encounter bullying, harm, or trouble. Other common parts of such systems are surveys among students, educators, and parents. The authors include practical examples of how to design such a system, gather current information, analyze and display the data, share it with different audiences, and use it to find solutions. Ultimately, this timely guidebook is a must-have for social workers, psychologists, counselors, nurses, and others working to improve safety in schools.


  • Includes examples of how monitoring can be used, suggests ways to structure survey instruments, and displays examples of school maps so readers can envision maps of their own schools.
  • Provides the variety of questions education professionals should ask, free resources for reference, and issues they should consider when designing a survey for their student population.
  • Includes some diagrams as well as charts and tables that readers can use as examples of ways to display and communicate the data to educators, parents, students, and community members.
  • Features sidebars that summarize the steps explained in further detail.
  • Shares photos from programs that have used data to improve school climate.

About the Author(s)

Ron Avi Astor, PhD, MA, MSW, is Stein-Wood Professor of School Behavioral Health at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in the University of Southern California. His work examines the role of the physical, social-organizational, and cultural contexts in schools related to school violence (e.g., sexual harassment, bullying, school fights, emotional abuse, weapon use, and teacher/child violence), and has documented the ecological influences of the family, community, school, and culture on different forms of school violence. Currently, Dr. Astor is applying knowledge gained from these prior studies to improve climate in military-connected schools.

Rami Benbenishty, PhD, MSW, is Professor at the Louis & Gabi Weisfeld School of Social work in Bar Ilan University. His main area of academic focus is the safety, welfare, and well-being of children in community normative settings (such as schools) and in out-of-home placements (such as foster homes) and residential care. Dr. Benbenishty is an advocate for children's rights in Israel and around the globe.


Winner of the 2019 SSWAA Book Award

"Mapping and Monitoring Bullying and Violence offers a clear, practical road map that can be implemented with ease by district and campus leadership teams to reduce bullying and violence while at the same time promoting safe climates for all school stakeholders... By seriously considering these recommendations, administrators, practitioners, and other stakeholders can identify a strategy that will contribute to the creation of safe school environments, allowing all students the capability to develop to their fullest potential. As Benjamin Franklin advised, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." -- Harvard Educational Review

Table of Contents

    Introduction: The Case for Monitoring and Mapping of School Violence and Bullying
    Chapter 1: Creating Awareness and Making a Commitment
    Chapter 2: Examples of Monitoring
    Chapter 3: Developing a Monitoring System
    Chapter 4: What and How to Monitor
    Chapter 5: Student Voice
    Chapter 6: The Voices of Staff Members
    Chapter 7: The Voices of Parents
    Chapter 8: Surveys
    Chapter 9: Focus Groups
    Chapter 10: Observations
    Chapter 11: Mapping
    Chapter 12: Administrative Records
    Chapter 13: Photos, Videos, and Other Technology
    Chapter 14: Analysis and Presentation
    Chapter 15: Sharing the Monitoring Feedback
    Chapter 16: Using Monitoring to Support and Improve Schools
    Conclusion: Implications for the Future

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