Early Engagement Matters
As successful as HEAR has been in reaching high school students, experts agree that middle school students would benefit even more from bullying prevention awareness and active intervention. A report from National Center for Education Statistics reveals:
- There is significantly more bullying in middle school than there is in high school.
- Middle school students are more likely to be injured from bullying than high school students.
- Sixth graders are the most likely students to sustain an injury from bullying.
HEAR for Middle Schools draws upon the proven HEAR approach to create an interactive classroom curriculum and package of services conveying the specific bullying prevention messages most appropriate for middle school students. HEAR for Middle Schools was piloted in a number of middle school classrooms across the country in mid-2015, and the new program was formally launched in September 2015.
HEAR consists of a 50-minute interactive classroom presentation, 16-page student workbook, training manual, PowerPoint slides, commitment banner, website, resources for teachers, students and parents, and a student survey. Topics covered in detail include how to recognize bullying, how to understand its consequences, and strategies for minimizing bullying and enhancing respectful behavior.
HEAR draws upon Career Training Concepts’s decades of experience developing and delivering education programs, including Career Direction high school guidance programs to more than five million students.
HEAR features a special focus on the expanding epidemic of cyber bullying in middle schools – its growth, impact and specific strategies to prevent and respond to cyber bullying in and outside of the middle school environment.
Bullying Prevention Results
HEAR gets results. Data compiled from HEAR for High Schools’ student survey shows:
- 90% of students feel HEAR helps them understand what bullying is and why people bully others.
- 88% feel HEAR gives them useful ideas for what to do if they witness bullying.
- 89% report the presentation influenced their commitment to respecting and including others.
Participation in HEAR offers the option to take part in Making Caring Common’s Caring Schools Initiative, which provides valuable survey tools and resources to schools that help improve ongoing bullying prevention efforts as well as measure and document school progress.
HEAR for Middle Schools is available at a relatively low cost-per-student as a stand-alone curriculum package, a fully delivered service or through a variety of curriculum materials and teacher training solutions, depending on available school resources, potential local sponsorships and other funding opportunities. There are a number of program engagement and cost scenarios available for HEAR for Middle Schools. Click here to learn more.
Download the sample student workbook