Violence Prevention Program
Milwaukee French Immersion
2360 N. 52nd St.
Milwaukee, WI 53210
Room 21

Ph: 414-874-8566
Fx: 414-874-8565

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Brief descriptions of VPP trainings are provided below. [Information on Grant Funding]

Behavior Management  [ Research | Schedule ]

This workshop for staff in grades K-12 provides evidence-based strategies for working with students who may not respond to preventative techniques in the classroom. The focus of the session will be on consequences, 1 on 1 conferencing techniques and additional tier 2 or tier 3 interventions for student behaviors that are resistant to traditional strategies. Strategies are taken from resources such as "The Tough Kid Book" by Rhode, Ph.D., Jenson, Ph.D. and Reavis, Ed.D. (1992), "Meeting Students Where They Live: Motivation in Urban Schools" by Richard Curwin, and "Discipline With Dignity" by Curwin, Mendler, and Mendler (2008). (Longer versions of this workshop are available upon request.)

Classroom Management  [ Research | Schedule ]

Classroom Organization and Management Program (COMP)
COMP is a comprehensive classroom management workshop which provides teachers with practical strategies for effective classroom management. This program, developed by Carolyn Evertson PhD, at Vandebilt University in Nashville, Tennessee is approved by the Program Effectiveness Panel of the United States Department of Education for Regular and Special Education Teachers of grades K-12. COMP addresses 6 core areas: room arrangement, rules and procedures, student accountability, maintaining good student behavior, lesson planning and maintaining momentum. Nationally, teachers trained in COMP had higher levels of student achievement, more on-task behavior, and fewer behavior disruptions. In an MPS study, schools trained in COMP reported a 54%-83% reduction in office referrals.

Getting off to a Good Start (GOTAGS)
This one-day workshop is designed for teachers. It covers classroom management strategies that need to be addressed at the beginning of the school year to set the stage for more student engagement throughout the year. By using a framework of addressing student anxieties, this workshop addresses room arrangement, rules and procedures, student accountability systems, and creating a healthy classroom climate.

Classroom and Behavioral Management for Educational Assistants
This full day workshop provides information and strategies specific to the needs of Educational Assistants within schools. The day focuses on the following areas from COMP (Classroom Organization and Management Program): the importance of procedures and how to develop, write, and teach them to students; the development of effective positive, negative, and corrective consequences to help manage student behavior; and learning and practice of specific communication strategies for working with non-compliant students or those with more challenging behaviors. This workshop is available to Educational Assistants at all grade levels and is free of charge.

 Conflict Resolution  [ Research | Schedule ]

Conflict Resolution Curriculum for Middle School Students
This city-wide training provides teachers and support staff of students grades 5-9 with the skills necessary to implement the conflict resolution curriculum with a whole class. The curriculum has been updated and now includes more ropes and challenge activities.

It consists of 7 units or topic areas (total of 17 lessons):
-Taking a Look at Violence and Conflict
-Exploring Feelings
-Perspective and Its Influence on Conflict
-Communication Skills
-Anger: How Do You Deal With It?
-Responding to Conflicts
-Generating Effective Solutions Using a Five-Step Process

Data collected within MPS shows that students’ knowledge about how to handle conflicts positively increased significantly from pre to post-test. There were also significantly more students who felt they were able to handle their conflicts in a positive manner after receiving the curriculum. Students also reported significant attitude shifts, by more often identifying the negative effects of violence as well as the positive outcomes of handling conflicts peacefully.

This curriculum is a good supplement to the Project Staying Alive program with the Milwaukee Fire Department.

Peer Mediation
The Violence Prevention Program offers schools support with implementing peer mediation programs. This ranges from pre-implementation support to helping with student trainings. In order to receive this support, we ask that schools collect data on program effectiveness, and that schools commit to having a core group of people support program implementation. Ropes and Challenges activities are infused into the student training so mediators can also go to the Potter’s Forest Ropes and Challenges course.


Bullying Awareness Session
This workshop is a one-hour introduction to the definition of bullying, research regarding what works and does not work in preventing bullying, and legal responsibilities when it comes to reporting bullying. Staff are given an opportunity to review the MPS anti-bullying policy and ask questions. The one hour overview ends with a summary of "next steps" schools can take.

Bullying Prevention Curriculum Overview
This half-day workshop is offered to schools who are interested in implementing a school-wide program to reduce bullying in their school. This training is for school teams who will oversee the implementation of a bullying prevention curriculum. This workshop will look more in depth at current research and practices in the field of bullying, as well as staff responsibilities in addressing bullying. An overview of bullying prevention curriculum options will be presented.

Steps to Respect Curriculum Training
The Steps to Respect Program is a school-wide approach to address bullying behavior. This program, designed by Committee for Children, provides training for the entire staff providing all adults with skills in recognizing bullying behavior and handling bullying reports. A cadre of staff are also trained as "coaches" to provide one on one training with the students who bully to help identify other behavior choices and with the student bullied to help them plan how to handle future bullying, how to stay safe and how to be more assertive. The Curriculum itself crosses three grade levels and teaches students how to recognize and report bullying, how to be assertive and how to develop friendship skills. Prior to training, Violence Prevention will work with your school's steering committee to develop the implementation plan.

Parent Training
This informational session provides parents with a definition of bullying, tips and strategies on keeping their children safe both at home and online, and ideas of how to identify if their child is being bullied. Also addressed is what to do if their child is being bullied and what to do if their child is engaging in bullying behavior.

On-going Bullying Prevention School Support
The Violence Prevention Program offers on-going support in all bullying prevention efforts. This support may include but is not limited to: guidance when laying the groundwork for a bullying prevention program, assistance with data collection, program evaluation, coaching training (for the students who bully and those who are bullied), and follow-up trainings on an as needed basis.

Socio-Emotional Learning  [ Research | Schedule ]

Second Step
The Second Step Curriculum, developed by the Committee for Children, is a comprehensive and well researched program designed to teach students in grades K-8 social skills in a variety of areas, primarily empathy, impulse control and anger management. The Second Step curriculum has recently been redesigned to include a skills for learning component which provides a more direct link between social skills and classroom instruction. Research has shown that improved social skills can lead to an 11 percentage point gain on standardized tests.

Woven Word
Using illustrated children's books, this preschool/kindergarten program gives children both the academic and the social and emotional skills they need. The targeted grade for implementation is K5 but the program may also be used at the K4 level. This research-based, easy-to-use curriculum weaves together emergent literacy and social skills development. These skills combine to reinforce and build on each other through language.
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