SOURCE: Hazelden

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March 16, 2010 14:55 ET

The Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals Launches the Missouri Bullying Prevention Initiative With Hazelden and the National Association of Elementary School Principals

CENTER CITY, MN--(Marketwire - March 16, 2010) -  The Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP) is excited to be launching, with Hazelden, a national nonprofit organization that helps people reclaim their lives from addiction, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), a new effort called the Missouri Bullying Prevention Initiative. Bullying is a serious issue that affects students' health, the school climate, academic achievement, and school liability.

Hazelden (www.hazelden.org), headquartered in Center City, Minnesota, is the leading publisher of evidence-based prevention programs and the exclusive publisher of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP), the most researched and best-known program of its kind. With over 35 years of research and successful implementation all over the world, OBPP is a whole school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying throughout the school setting. Many schools that have used the program have seen reductions in bullying behavior by 50 percent or more.

OBPP, geared to students in grades 1-8, is used at the school, classroom, and individual levels and includes methods for reaching out to parents and the community for involvement and support. School administrators, teachers, and other staff are primarily responsible for introducing and implementing the program. These efforts are designed to improve peer relations and make the school a safer and more positive place for students to learn and develop.

MAESP will be working with Hazelden to educate schools about the serious issue of bullying and other related violence issues, and will be serving as the central source in the state of Missouri for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program as well as Hazelden's other violence prevention programs.

"MAESP, the elementary and middle level principals association in Missouri, is the group that should lead the way in helping to prevent bullying violence in our schools. Principals play a vital role in creating a positive school culture," said Faye Peters, MAESP executive director. "Hazelden and the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program are the gold standard in evidence-based bully prevention programs."

"Hazelden is excited to be working with such a strong organization as MAESP to bring much needed bullying prevention programming to schools across the state," said Sue Thomas, business development director at Hazelden.

Also supporting this effort is Glenn Berry Ed.D., former director of the Missouri Center for Safe Schools and the statewide training coordinator for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program who said, "We have a great cadre of OBPP trainers in the state of Missouri that can support schools in implementing the program. We are pleased to partner with MAESP and Hazelden to bring this much needed program to more Missouri schools."

To learn more about the Missouri Bullying Prevention Initiative, visit www.maesp.com or call 573-638-2460.

About The Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP)
The Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals is the only statewide association in Missouri that exists for the purpose of serving the needs of elementary and middle school principals, assistant principals and those educators with an interest in becoming principals.
 MAESP is a statewide professional association that has grown to include over 1,000 school administrators. The services provided by MAESP to its membership have also increased as members have identified and approved long-range plans incorporating key services. Understanding the needs, concerns, and problems of elementary and middle school principals, MAESP offers extensive support, expert counsel, and proven solutions.

About Hazelden
Hazelden, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1949, helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. Built on decades of knowledge and experience, Hazelden offers a comprehensive approach to addiction that addresses the full range of patient, family, and professional needs, including treatment and continuing care for youth and adults, research, higher education, public education and advocacy, and publishing. It has facilities in Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, and Florida. Learn more at www.hazelden.org or call 800-257-7810.

About the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
The mission of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) is to lead in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle level principals and other education leaders in their commitment for all children. NAESP is committed to providing the research, tools, learning experiences, and networking that enable our members to understand and prepare students to be highly adaptive learners in a rapidly changing world.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Christine Anderson, Hazelden, 651-213-4231, Email Contact