The Minnesota Conference has caught the vision for bullying prevention within Adventist education. In August 2014, the Minnesota Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists set precedent within the North American Division by implementing Olweus on a conference-wide level amongst its 12 elementary and secondary schools. As part of a two-day Bullying Prevention Coordinating Committee training, a total of 63 attendees, the committee members included 25 teachers/head teachers, 12 teacher’s aides, eight support staff, five parents, four volunteers, four board members, three pastors, and two principals. The Center for Conflict Resolution gifted the trainees with nearly $10,000 worth of Olweus materials to assist them in their program implementations. In addition, funding provides for each school to be supported by a consultant through the first 18 months of program implementation.
Minnesota Conference is receiving recognition for its ground-breaking endeavors. The conference-wide Olweus implementation will be featured in the Journal of Adventist Education and the electronic version of The Northern Light. In addition, Jim Field, former head of the Minnesota Independent School Forum, is applauding the Minnesota Conference for being proactive in voluntarily implementing a bullying prevention program in a parochial school system.
Mindy Salyers, Consultant for the Center for Conflict Resolution and a Certified Olweus Trainer
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