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Teaching Tolerance & Respect: Preventing Bullying in HS/Semester Course


Are you concerned about the prevalence of bullying and violence in high schools across America? This online course is designed for high school teachers who are looking to discover strategies and initiatives for addressing these bullying behaviors in their classrooms and schools. The course begins by digging into the different types of bullying and the various roles of teachers, students, and schools. Teachers learn how to proactively approach a variety of bullying behaviors so that students' important social and emotional skills are addressed and nurtured as a way of regulating and resolving a variety of intense emotions. This course presents research-based approaches to bullying prevention, including the establishment of rules and expectations, teaching recognition strategies to all involved stakeholders, and the various methods of reporting and communicating violent outbursts. By the end of the course, teachers will understand how to best help students penetrate the deep-seated code of silence so they can transform from simple bystanders into important and critical upstanders. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $199

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $429


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying” by Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 110BXX

UCSD Course Number: EDUC40224

Unit One

  • The Background of Bullying
  • Types of Bullying
  • The Role of Bullying in School Violence
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography/Write an article reflection

Unit Two

  • Establishing and Nurturing an Inclusive Classroom Community
  • The Proactive Approach to Bullying Behaviors
  • Attending to Students' SEL Needs
  • Assignment #2: Respond to bullying scenarios

Unit Three

  • The Student as Bully
  • The Student as Victim
  • The Student as Bystander
  • Assignment #3: Reflect on how to foster a classroom environment that supports upstanders

Unit Four

  • Improving School Climate to Combat Bullying
  • The Relationship between Character Education and Bullying
  • Regulating and Resolving Intense Emotions
  • Assignment #4: Create a plan based on a fictional scenario

Unit Five

  • The Six Rs of Bullying Prevention: Rule #1 - Rules
  • The Six Rs of Bullying Prevention: Rule #2 - Recognize
  • The Six Rs of Bullying Prevention: Rule #3 - Report
  • Assignment #5: Create a chart of logical consequences

Unit Six

  • The Six Rs of Bullying Prevention: Rule #4 - Respond
  • The Six Rs of Bullying Prevention: Rule #5 - Refuse
  • The Six Rs of Bullying Prevention: Rule #6 - Replace
  • Assignment #6: Create a team building activity
  • Assignment #7: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)