The Alliance Way: The Making of a Bully-Free School

The Alliance Way: The Making of a Bully-Free School

by Tina M. Owen-Moore


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Award-winning educator Tina M. Owen-Moore details the beliefs and practices that made the Alliance School of Milwaukee the focus of national attention as the first school to open with the mission of being bully-free. The Alliance Way illustrates how creating a safe, inclusive, and academically challenging environment goes beyond a programming approach that targets bullying to a more holistic one in which building relationships takes center stage.
Owen-Moore describes the core tenets adopted by the school’s staff and students, including the importance of shared power and authentic work; the role of relationships and joy in preventing harm; the need to prepare staff to support LGBTQ students and students who have experienced trauma; and systems for reporting and repairing harm when it occurs. She highlights how school leaders can lead from the middle within their districts to bring about change and provides tools and resources such as sample agendas from staff meetings, retreats, and team‐building activities.
Filled with real stories from an innovative school with a critical and compelling mission, The Alliance Way is an inspiring and practical resource for educators seeking answers on how to make schools engaging, accepting, and safe for all students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682532874
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 164,574
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Tina M. Owen-Moore is the cofounder and former lead teacher of The Alliance School.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 A Core Belief 15

Chapter 2 Fifty Percent Teaming 35

Chapter 3 A Place for All Students 51

Chapter 4 LGBTQ Youth and Bullying 71

Chapter 5 Extraordinary Care 87

Chapter 6 The Culturally Responsive School 109

Chapter 7 The Power of Joy 131

Chapter 8 The Democratic Community 147

Chapter 9 Restorative Discipline Practices 165

Chapter 10 Planning for Peace 185

Chapter 11 Leadership 201

Chapter 12 When the Creeks Rise 221

Appendix A Ten Things School Leaders Can Do Today to Prevent and Address Bullying 241

Appendix B Sample Documents 245

Notes 269

Acknowledgments 275

About the Author 277

Index 279

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