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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade; 1 edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780230110427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230110427
  • ASIN: 0230110428
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,161,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book is an indispensable tool and support for parents of children dealing with bullying issues in school. Ed Dragan empowers parents to take action and protect their children from harassment and teaches them to intervene effectively with teachers and principals.”--Jodee Blanco, New York Times bestselling author of Please Stop Laughing At Me

“In my work I see many understandably frustrated parents become desperate to figure out how to enlist the school when their child is bullied. How should they approach the teacher? What happens if the teacher won't recognize the problem? What should you do if the school refuses to do anything to stop the bullies? The Bully Action Guide fills a critical gap in the resources available for parents. Not only does it provide clear strategies for when to approach educators but how. The book is filled with simple yet powerful scripts for parents to use to clearly communicate their child's rights and hold educators responsible in a way that gives the parent the best chance of working in collaboration with the school. I am strongly recommending this book for all parents.”—Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes

"The Bully Action Guide is a must-have for anyone who is concerned about a child being bullied. Offering calm but effective dialogue templates, a "chain of command" hierarchy to follow when results aren't forthcoming at one level, and tips on what to document and how, Dr. Dragan provides the steps to help both parents and authorities communicate more effectively."--Cheryl Dellasega, author of Mean Girls Grown Up

The Bully Action Guide is a priceless resource for any parent, grandparent and family member wanting to ensure their child's safety.”--Maureen Healy, author of 365 Perfect Things to Say to Your Kids

“A most important book for any parent whose child is being bullied! No other book gives parents such sensible, easy–to-follow guidance for helping a child who's being bullied, and effectively communicating with a school to end the bullying. A must-read.”--Naomi Drew, author of No Kidding about Bullying

“Bullying is not a rite of passage; it is abuse that must be stopped. Dragan skillfully provides “how to’s” that parents can follow to protect their children at school. Who to call, what to say, questions to ask and scripts to follow – words so potent that they cannot be ignored.  You want this pro on your team in times of trouble. He is telling you exactly how schools operate and how to get what you need. Listen and be safe!”--Mary Jo McGrath, author of School Bullying: Tools for Avoiding Harm and Liability

“Dragan’s book places into the hands of parents orderly, common sense procedures to effectively communicate with their child and with the school to end bullying. It is time for a step-by-step proven system to give parents the edge when dealing with school administrators and teachers. This book gives parents much needed tools, so that schools will not only listen to them, but act to stop the bullying for their child.”--Brenda High, Co-director and Founder of watchdog organization Bully Police USA

 

About the Author

Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D. has spent more than 40 years in education as a teacher, principal, school superintendent, and an official in the New Jersey Department of Education. As the founder of Education Management Consulting and of Safe Schools International, he is now a legal consultant for high profile school bullying cases. He has appeared on NBC Nightly News, Today on NBC, PBS’s One on One, The Morning Show on Fox, and others.


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Edward F. Dragan, EdD, has spent more than 40 years in education as a teacher, principal, school superintendent, and an official in the New Jersey Department of Education. As the founder of Education Management Consulting, LLC and Safe Schools International, LLC he is now a school safety and education law legal consultant for high profile school cases including bullying. He has appeared on NBC Nightly News, the Today show, PBS's One-on-One, The Morning Show on FOX, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Court TV, and network news shows. Dr. Dragan is available to speak at your group as a key note or featured speaker on bullying, school safety, and other legal issues in schools.

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I tried to handle things with the school as best I knew how, and I got nowhere with the school.
Heidi D.
His book shows a true testament for how to help families dealing with bullying and we highly recommend not only parents but also school personel to read his book.
Italian Parents
The techniques and insight provided by Dr. Dragan are informative and can make a difference and impact for a child who is the unfortunate victim of bullying.
David Wolf, Child Injury Lawyer

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sing UP!!! on May 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
As the Director of the upcoming film " The Bully Project" being released by the Weinstein Company - I highly recommend this book, to all parents and educators. What the author has done is create a empathetic, yet directed guide to help parents and schools navigate the very difficult terrain of bullying in American Schools - How do you advocate for you child in the face of unsympathetic administrators? This is the key question addressed and the resources provided compound to create a powerful toolkit for families nationwide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heidi D. on May 11, 2011
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I wish this book existed five years ago when my child was going through severe bullying issues at school. I tried to handle things with the school as best I knew how, and I got nowhere with the school. I know now from this book that my lack of progress was probably because I wasn't communicating with administrators in a way that would make them hear me.

This book lays out step-by-step methods for finding out what is happening with your child and then working cooperatively with the school to put an end to the bullying. Certain things get administrators' attention, and through this book you learn what those are and how to use them to your child's advantage. It's to the school's advantage to work with you as well, and smart administrators are going to know that. I believe the methods in this book can be very effective.

Perhaps equally important, Dr Dragan's book dispels the notion that responsibility for ending the bullying falls on the victim. "Ignore it," "toughen up," "hit him back," I used to tell my own child. None of that works; for my child, all it did was perpetuate the trouble. The victim can't stop the problem. And the bully won't stop because he thrives on the high he gets from being "in power." The only one with the power to do something about it is the school. This book shows you how to make the school act.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather Greenwood on May 25, 2011
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As a parent of a teenager who has been bullied throughout most of his school years, I found this book to be extremely helpful. What can be the most difficult and frustrating is navigating your way through the schools administration. This book was able to provide me with clear and concise ways to reach the attention of the individuals that I needed to in order to obtain a positive outcome for my child. As a social worker as well who works with children, I will be able to use this book as a resource to help other children and their families who face the same challenges.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 9, 2012
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Having been confronted by bullying for the first time with our preschooler, we were unaware of the proper steps to take to approach the situation. Dr. Dragan's Action Guide was immensely helpful to us. The book validated our hunches and put the bullying behavior in perspective. The book helped us strategize ways to approach the school and advocate for our child. Most importantly, the book helped us use language that fostered a respectful, productive conversation. Can't recommend enough!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Kaolin on May 25, 2012
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Review - The Bully Action Guide
How to Help Your Child and Get Your School to Listen
by Edward F. Dragan
Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
Review by Kaolin

While the process of protecting your child from bullies in scool, may be complicated, Dragan's step-by-step account of identifying troubling behavior, by encouraging your child to speak-up about it and being sure you know what to do next, when she/he does, sends you on a journey that can make or break your child's experience in the classroom. But some of you might be wondering, what is bullying exactly? According to Dr. Dragan, "Bullying includes harassment based on ethnicity, race, religion and-more and more frequently-gender identity, as children begin to identify themselves as gay or bisexual at earlier ages." ( pg. 6) But is teasing the same as bullying? No, Dragan says, "Not all taunting, teasing, and fighting among school children constitute bullying. When acts are repeated by someone perceived as physically or psychologically more powerful-that is bullying." (pg.7) And technology has also played a primary role in upping dangers and risks involved in bullying. However, The Bully Action Guide offers keycepts toward identifying this problem and most importantly, leading you to a remedy for it.

So how are schools most able to help you? Dr. Dragan, informs us that every school has an anti-harassment policy. Be sure to get your copy as soon as your child is registered in school. Start to discuss bullying with your family. And watch for the signs of your child being bullied by changes in their behavior. Follow Dragan's guidelines and use the script he supplies to draw out talking points so you can more easily ascertain that your child is being bullied. Remember that ethnic slurs are inappropriate and unacceptable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Italian Parents on October 26, 2011
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We are parents of a child who was bullied in high school. It had affected our entire family for about eight months. The bullies don't realize the impact that their actions have on the victim and their loved ones. Even though one can heal and move on with their life, you are always impacted by the bullying actions. For our family, we have moved on in a positive way to reach out to other families and those who are bullied to guide them. For our child, she has decided to try to help and advocate the affects of bullying and has become a strong person because of what happened. Dr. Dragan was there for us at that time and without him we would not have been able to have a resolution; we are forever grateful to him. His book shows a true testament for how to help families dealing with bullying and we highly recommend not only parents but also school personel to read his book.
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