CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) and the Governor’s Office on Bullying Prevention Task Force released its "Primary Prevention Action Report for Iowa Schools and Communities."
Members of the task force were representative of pre-K through 12 education, public health professionals, youth athletics, victim services and legal aid, colleges and universities, and LGBTQ advocates. Monthly meetings were held throughout 2017 to evaluate and assess current school and community programming and practices in preventing gender violence and all forms of bullying.
Recommendations for continued education and training opportunities to enhance and improve the implementation of multi-level, multi-systemic gender violence and bullying prevention practices are provided in the report.
The report examines the overarching cause and scope of violence and abuse and provides concrete and realistic strategies for school and community stakeholders to consider and implement.
"As parents, educators and community stakeholders, we all play an important role in fostering healthy relationships, nurturing homes, safe schools and thriving neighborhoods," states Alan Heisterkamp, CVP director. "This report provides school and community leaders with a framework for prioritizing and institutionalizing sound gender violence and bullying prevention practices."
Professional development and training opportunities focused on the multi-level, multi-systemic approach to preventing violence and abuse will be offered to school and community leaders later this summer or early fall and will support and complement the Iowa Department of Education’s new online Bullying Investigating Training for school leaders.
"We have a good foundation in place for protecting Iowa students from bullying, harassment and discrimination," said Ryan Wise, Iowa Department of Education Director. "This new training builds on that foundation by helping educators better understand bullying so that they can provide the support that their students need."
"Every student deserves to feel safe and respected, so I appreciate the task force’s work on developing realistic strategies for schools and communities," said Gov. Kim Reynolds. "We must continue our focus on bullying prevention, and the report delivers the important message that everyone has a role to play.
To review the task force’s "Primary Prevention Action Report for Iowa Schools and Communities" in its entirety, go to www.uni.edu/cvp, or contact Heisterkamp at 319-273-3545 or firstname.lastname@example.org.