Bullying is not an isolated problem—it reflects the larger school climate. That’s why National PTA created Connect for Respect, or C4R for short, to help local PTAs partner with students, schools and families to build positive school climates full of healthy and supportive relationships.
Use the Connect for Respect (C4R) Toolkit to guide your PTA/PTSA on ways to engage students in improving the school climate and reducing bullying.
The C4R Toolkit
- Get started. Walk through a step-by-step process for engaging students, parents and educators in Connect for Respect while learning about all of the tools National PTA and its partners have available for you.
- Build a team. Invite students, teachers, community members and parents to work together in improving school climate. Give students a leadership role.
- Assess the current school climate. Take inventory of the current challenges and strengths of your school climate and chart your progress.
- Engage the school community in dialogue. Bring students, parents and school leaders together for a productive discussion and brainstorm on ways to overcome weaknesses found in assessment.
- Develop an action plan. Create a plan that educates and empowers students, families and the broader school community around bullying prevention and safe school environments.
- Educate and empower students, families and the community. Sustain your efforts over time by convening a C4R team that works on this issue throughout the school year.
- Watch the recorded webinar How to Tell When Your Child is Struggling Emotionally, presented by National PTA and American Psychological Association.
- Find out how bullying and school climate are related to students' mental health at the American Psychological Association.
- Explore current school climate research and assessment tools at the National Center for School Climate.
- View sample "quick start guides" to get students engaged in campaigns promoting inclusivity and respect at Not in Our School.
- Locate and join community events in support National Bullying Prevention Month at Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center.
- PACERTeensAgainstBullying: Created by and for teens, this website is a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, to take action, to be heard, and to own an important social cause.
- PACERKidsAgainstBullying: A creative, innovative and educational website designed for elementary school students to learn about bullying prevention, engage in activities and be inspired to take action.
- Keep up with a central hub of federal resources and numerous partner at StopBullying.gov.
- Download the free app, KnowBullying, from SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) for tips on how to talk to your children about bullying.
National PTA Resolutions & Position Statements
PTA Resolution Against Bullying in support of policies and programs that address the prevention, intervention and elimination of bullying.