Educator Tina Owen-Moore, Ed.L.D.'19, was tired of seeing students' education compromised because bullying had made them feel unsafe. Because of this feeling, Owen-Moore found, many kids would stop showing up to school or even drop out. She knew that in order to get them back on track and focused on their academics, first she needed to eliminate the bullying.
“Everybody knew this was a problem, but most people’s reaction was ‘bullying has always been there. It’s always going to be there. There’s nothing we can do.’ I didn’t think that was true,” Owen-Moore says. “Just from my own experiences in the classroom I had learned, as an educator, there were things I could do intentionally to make the classroom more safe and inclusive for students and to change the relationship between students.”
In 2005, she co-founded and opened the Alliance School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin — the first school with the mission of being bully-free. The unique high school focuses on creating a safe environment for children and adults through building relationships, understanding, and inclusivity. Her new book, The Alliance Way: The Making of a Bully-free School, tells the story of how her plan came to fruition.
In this episode of the Harvard EdCast, Owen-Moore discusses the book, reflects on the creation of the Alliance School, and offers strategies for educators and school leaders on making bully-free schools a reality.
About the Harvard EdCast
The Harvard EdCast is a weekly podcast featuring brief conversations with education leaders and innovative thinkers from across the country and around the world. Hosted by Jill Anderson, the EdCast is a dynamic space for discourse about problems and transformative solutions in education, shining a light on the compelling people, policies, practices, and ideas shaping the field. Find the EdCast on iTunes, Soundcloud, and Stitcher.