Bullying Prevention Resource Guide

Resources created by PACER, Curated by the CAC

October is National Bullying Prevention Month!

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Ventura County SELPA

A collaborative partnership of

school districts, staff, students, parents/families, and community agencies

Supporting Equitable Learning, Programs and Access

for ALL students.

What is the CAC?

The Ventura County SELPA has a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) that facilitates communication between districts and families, has regular meetings to discuss issues with SELPA leadership, and provides parent trainings on topics such as the IEP process, behavior strategies, life after high school and social skills. The CAC promotes services and resources for special education students and their families.

National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign in the United States founded by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center.

The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention and promote kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Historically, bullying had been viewed as “a childhood rite of passage” that “made kids tougher,” but the reality has always been that bullying can leave devastating and often long-term effects such as a loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, and depression for those involved.

This initiative has helped shift thinking away from bullying as “rite of passage” and toward the knowledge that bullying can be prevented and stopped through education and awareness.

Be a Champion Against Bullying

You can add organization to this page as a Champion Against Bullying, including links to your website and an overview of your bullying prevention efforts.

Take the Pledge

**Support others who have been hurt or harmed** treat others with kindness** be more accepting of people’s differences** help include those who are left out**

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Spookley the Square Pumpkin, Classroom Toolkit

Share the book (and video) “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” in the classroom. Spookley is a square pumpkin who lives in a round pumpkin world. The story beautifully delivers a message of kindness and acceptance in a fun, accessible format that is easily grasped by young students.

What Should You Do?

An activity designed with hypothetical bullying scenarios (that are based on real events), which students can use to think through responses and solutions.

Carmen's Corner

A series of educational videos designed for kindergarten through third grade students, featuring characters from PACER’s Kids Against Bullying puppet program. These episodes highlight key concepts of bullying prevention and promote social-emotional learning. With a new episode every month, these videos will support good discussions around kindness, acceptance of difference, and inclusion.

Elementary School, Animated Video Series

Watch these four animated videos which creatively illustrate what it feels like to be bullied, what students can do if they see bullying, and how to be an advocate against bullying. Then hold a classroom discussion using the suggested questions.

Include Someone, Make a Difference

A campaign, created in partnership with Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying: Speak Upinitiative, to inspire kids across the country to include someone to stop bullying before it starts, includes an online as well as printed “Include Someone” resource kit.

Unity Dance

Unite through music and movement to raise awareness for bullying prevention by organizing a Unity Dance. The toolkit includes the designated song for the dance, lyrics, choreographed dance moves, and much more.

T.E.A.M. Rudolph and the Reindeer Games

Register for the digital teacher toolkit to access free resources including streaming video picture book, activity guide and streaming music. Join T.E.A.M. (Treat Everyone As Members) Rudolph to celebrate acceptance and inclusion.

Every Step You Take

Imagine what can happen when every person in your school or community takes one positive step to help prevent bullying. Those acts all add up and help make the world a better place for everyone. This activity shows just how powerful we are when united for a common goal.

Unity Tree

Get creative with this interactive and hands-on classroom activity. This is a shared experience in which each person contributes a leaf to create the tree. As the number of leaves increases, it creates a visual reminder, demonstrating that when we are united we can create social change.

Project Connect

Create a powerful visual statement about uniting for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Each student writes a message on an orange strip of construction paper. The strips are then connected to illustrate the power of uniting for a common cause.

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Teen Talk on Cyberbullying
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to show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and to send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying.

Unity Day
Share About Unity Day

Share images through social media accounts—before, on, and after Unity Day—using sample posts or create your own.

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Ventura County SELPA

The Ventura County SELPA office is responsible for the implementation of the Ventura County Special Education Local Plan, and for ensuring a free appropriate public education to all students with identified disabilities according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act PL 94-142 (amended by PL 108-446, 2004).

Emily Mostovoy-Luna - Associate Superintendent
Sarah Fontenot- Administrative Assistant III

Local Plan Implementation
Interagency Coordination, Policies & Procedures
SELPA Office Operations
Related Staff: Adapted PE Teachers, Assistive Technology Assessment Center,
Orientation & Mobility Specialists, Residential Placement Consultants

Regina Reed - Director of Personnel Development
Barbara Rush - Administrative Assistant II

Program & Personnel Development
Early Start
Related Services Staff: Social/Emotional Services Specialists, DHH Teachers

Joanna Della Gatta - Director of Technical Support and Transition
Evangelina Diaz Ortiz - Administrative Assistant II

SIRAS Support, Forms & Instructions
Private Schools
Pattern of Strengths & Weaknesses Model
WorkAbility Program
Related Services Staff: Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, WorkAbility Specialists

Kim DeAnda - Program Specialist

Jeanine Murphy-Coordinator: Family, Student, School Collaboration
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Services