COPA offers whole school anti bullying programs in both French and English. The English-language programs are offered by Strategies for Change, COPA's English-language section. COPA's whole school anti-bullying programs are divided into two phases: The Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project (Phase 1) and Adults and Children Together (ACT) (Phase 2).
Schools are mandated to create a safe and healthy environment for children and adults in their community. COPA's whole school prevention education programs address peer assault, including bullying and other forms of abuse and help foster an environment that is safe, strong and free.
These whole school programs help empower all members of the school community, so that they are better able to identify and respond constructively to difficult and dangerous situations in the school milieu.
Children's workshops are engaging and interactive. A team of certified facilitators lead each classroom in guided discussion, using role play and exchange to help students learn how to problem-solve and develop constructive skills.
Review time following each workshop provides one-on-one time for students to ask questions, identify challenges and develop strategies in response.
Many teachers and others school personnel are anxious about dealing with peer assault, and other forms of abuse, and would like more information and practice so as to be better prepared and more effective.
Information, practical strategies and tools are provided during professional development workshops. These sessions help guide participants to intervene effectively, to prevent and respond to the many types of bullying and other forms of aggression that affect the school community.
These sessions emphasize parenting strategies that foster effective communication with children and strategies for collaboration with teachers and other school staff.
An essential component of Phase II of our whole school programs is the guided establishment of a school-wide committee designed to assess and enhance school policies and practices to create a safe, strong and free culture.
The Ontario Ministry of Education has awarded funding to the Ontario Teachers' Federation to pilot COPA's whole school programs in English-language schools.
These programs will be offered in English during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 school years in Northern Ontario, in Gogama and Shining Tree, the Algoma region (Sault Ste. Marie), Thunder Bay, and Nipissing (Mattawa) as well as in Southern Ontario, in the Greater Toronto area, Ottawa, Windsor, and the Niagara region. The programs are being offered in French in Northwest Ontario and Southwest Ontario in partnership with OTF, and in collaboration with OTF's Affiliate, l'Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO).
For more information or to access these programs at your school, please contact COPA directly.