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Updated Edition of Bestseller

Responding to the Culture of Bullying and Disrespect

New Perspectives on Collaboration, Compassion, and Responsibility

By: Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin, Maureen E. Taylor

This updated edition of Breaking the Culture of Bullying and Disrespect offers a comprehensive approach to discouraging misbehavior by establishing an environment of responsibility and respect.
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  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412968546
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2009
  • Page Count: 296
  • Publication date: February 19, 2009

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"The book gives excellent ways to empower children, help them solve their own issues, and give them real strategies that will help them deal with difficult situations in the future."
—Elizabeth Barrett, Civics Teacher
Clark County Schools, Winchester, KY

Create a safe learning environment so students can achieve!

Bullying is an ongoing concern for students, with as many as half reporting that they have faced aggression or harassment at some point. This updated edition of Breaking the Culture of Bullying and Disrespect provides the tools to successfully respond to bullying and other negative behaviors by creating an environment that discourages negative behavior and encourages greater responsibility and respect.

The authors offer a comprehensive, therapeutic approach, complete with sample transcripts and activities. Instead of using punitive measures, which can model the very behaviors they are trying to eliminate, educators will discover how to establish a cooperative, caring environment and guide students in thinking about positive alternatives to misbehavior. This new edition features:

  • Updated research, including real-life examples of successful experiences
  • Additional case studies and a list of problem-solving questions
  • A new chapter on brain research and how children learn
  • An all-new section focusing on prevention methods

Empowering, enlightening, and practical, Responding to the Culture of Bullying and Disrespect is a necessary resource for teachers, administrators, and support staff dedicated to promoting respect, tolerance, and responsibility in their schools.



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Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin

Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin, Ph.D. is the Training Director of the Narrative Therapy program at Bay Area Family Therapy Training Associates (BAFTTA) where she supervises the counseling of doctoral interns in schools from three school districts in Silicon Valley, California. In her private practice, she enjoys working with young people, their families, and their schools, on a wide variety of issues. Marie-Nathalie values bringing forth people’s own wisdom and knowledges, through respectful, creative, and collaborative conversations. She has published numerous professional articles, has been featured in several magazines such as the California Educator and Educational Leadership, and is known internationally for her entertaining, thought provoking, and inspiring workshops. She was recently invited to produce three videotapes with Alexander Street Press (one which is specifically on school work).

Marie-Nathalie has won several grants and awards, with the most recent one focusing on the effectiveness of narrative therapy based group activities. She is the author of several successful books such as Working with groups to enhance relationships (1998), Responding to the culture of bullying & disrespect: New perspectives on collaboration, compassion and responsibility (2004, 2009); Creating a positive School Culture: How principals and teachers can work together (2004); and the popular paperback for parents, teachers, and therapists titled The SKiLL-ionaire in Every Child: Boosting Children’s Socio-Emotional Skills Using the Latest in Brain Research (2010) (sample at She has been the recipient of several prestigious awards such as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant (SSHRC), a Canadian Foundation for the Advancement of Research grant (FCAR), the John F. Kennedy University best psychology professor award (JFKU), and more recently the Shine A Light narrative research fund (SAL).

Also availabler from the author: "From Bullies to Buddies"
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Maureen E. Taylor

Maureen Taylor is an educator in Northern California. Her background includes teaching preschool through sixth grade and being an environ­mental educator. Her main interests lie in teaching science and writing, two subjects that gently unfold for the learner. Taylor is currently devel­oping a program for children blending art, environmental education, and social issues.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Honey Berg


About the Authors


Part I. Laying Foundations

1. How Problems Develop: A Frog Story and a Shift in Perspective

     Lessons From This Story

     Useful Options Are Also Eliminated

     Does Everyone Have the Same Contextual Blocks?

2. Are Problems of Disrespect Inadvertently Supported?




     Achievement at All Cost


3. Unraveling Assumptions: Educators' Roles and Students' Behaviors

     The Effects of Myths and Assumptions

     Common School Questions: New Ways of Thinking

4. Responding Effectively to Problems

     A Fresh Attitude

     Chipping Away at the Problem With a Powerful Tool: Externalization

     Dealing Narratively With Disrespect and Bullying

     A Narrative Response

     Additional Options

     Summary of the Practice of Externalizing

     Common Questions About the Externalization Process

5. Being Respectful and Open to Students' Experiences

     Defining Experience

     Experience of School

     Overlapping Experiences of the Problem

     Addressing These Experiences

6. Making Changes Last for More Than a Week

     The Dandelion Problem

     Thinking Outside the Box

     Multiple Selves: Who Is the Real Person?


     Creating Stories Through Language

     Mentally Filling the Blanks

     Perspectives Create Stories

     An Educator's Question: If Truths Don't Exist, How Do We Know Which Story to Trust?

     Audience: You Are Who You Are Perceived to Be

     The Thread of New Stories: Recapitulation

     Reauthoring Alex's Journey

     Common Teacher Questions: New Ways of Thinking

Part II. Applications and Examples: Success Stories of Overcoming Bullying and Disrespect

7. Listening to Students' Voices

     Disrespect/Bullying Survey

     Interviews: Walking in Students' Shoes

8. Cultivating Respect, Appreciation, and Tolerance in the School





     Community and Diversity

     Respect and Shedding Adultism

     Teacher Question About Shedding Adultism

9. Dealing With Disrespect and Bullying in the Classroom: The Bugging Bug Project

     A Review of the Narrative Ideas That Guide This Project

     Section 1: Externalizing the Problem

     Section 2: Building on Successes

     Section 3: Celebration of Knowledge and Expertise

     Brief Summary of Classroom Facilitation Considerations


10. Working With Individual Students Around Bullying: Helping a Child Suffering From a "Bullying Spell"

     A Problem-Dominated Identity

     Rewriting the Story in a Vacuum

     Rewriting the Story in the Community

     A Past to the Preferred Story at School

     A Past to the Preferred Stories at Home

     Extending the Audience to the Preferred Story


11. Brain and Behaviors: How Young People Change and How Educators Can Help

     The Visible Story

     The Invisible Story

     The Contextual Story

     The Historical Story

     Dead-End or Future Possibilities?

     The Possible Future


Part III. Prevention: Scaffolding a Complex and Sound Culture of Respect

12. Creating a Partnership With Response-able Youth

     Bubble Trouble

     Lessons From This Story: The Beliefs

     The People

     The Relationship

     Teacher Questions

13. Spotlight on Stories of Successful Prevention

     Story 1: "You're Ugly"

     Story 2: The Clipboard

     Story 3: Sign Language

     Story 4: The Violent Drawing

     Story 5: Girls' Meanness

     Story 6: The Brand New Atlas

     Spotlight on a School With a Successful Prevention Model


Resource A: Glossary

Resource B: Summary Table of Strategies

Resource C: Discourses

Resource D: "Yes and" Exercise

Resource E: Educators' Problem-Solving Questions



  • Index