NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Bullies Beware

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sandra Opheim

Grading: Letter or S/U

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Correspondence

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $280

Course Description:

Course participants will read the text The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander by international speaker and author Barbara Coloroso.  This course will provide the participant with background information on bullying issues and violence prevention.  Although prevention of violence in schools is difficult to measure, becoming aware of the mechanics of violent students and those he/she may affect is worth the effort.  This course will help teachers identify kinds of bullies, ways to heal the bullied, address discipline issues, and develop awareness of bullying taking place in schools around our nation.  The students of the course participants will be able to recognize the characteristics of a bully and protocols on handling bullying situations.

Goals & Objectives:

As a result of this participation in this course, students will:

  1. Be able to demonstrate an understanding of chapters read from the required book through written response.
  2. Be able to demonstrate an understanding of on-line resource readings through written summary and reflective responses.
  3. Be able to identify the current bully-free policies in place in his/her school.
  4. Be able to identify the signs of bullying.
  5. Be able to identify the signs of a student who is bullied.
  6. Be able to identify ways to assists parents of bullied students.


The required reading is found in the text listed below:

Coloroso, Barbara. (2009) The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander.  Harper Collins Publishing.  New York, NY.

  1. URL:   www.tolerance.org/teach/magazine/index.jsp
  2. URL:  www.splcenter.org/news/item.jsp?aid=132
  3. URL:  www.aboutourkids.org
  4. URL:  www.ed.gov/offices/OCR/archives/Harassment
  5. URL:  www.responsiveclassroom.org

About The Instructor

Sandra Opheim
Sandra Opheim earned an M.S. in Elementary Education from St. Mary's University. Her B.S. in Elementary Education is from the University of Minnesota. Sandra also has her Middle School Licensure in English from Bemidji State University. Sandra has over 18 years of experience teaching elementary education. She is the author of "Whose Hat is That?" published in 2004 and has also published articles in the Lake Country Journal Magazine and Her Voice Magazine.

Special Instructions:

The total cost includes the NDSU graduate credit however textbook is not included.

**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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