In Preventing School Violence, Dr. Schiering invites you to enter her classroom, where the continuity between teaching and learning, between school and home, between character and inspiring knowledge are apparent. In these pages, you will find a road-map to creating a classroom as a safe, caring, and respectful community, and as a foundation for an amiable and healthy society.
— Jonathan Borkum, PhD, adjunct associate, Professor of Psychology, University of Maine; Clinical Psychologist, Health Psych Maine, Waterville, Maine
In this book Dr. Schiering provides clear directions as to how to build a positive classroom community where all students treat each other in a dignified manner and positivism abounds. She emphasizes that the key to achieving this, is the teacher as role-model. In addition, Dr Schiering provides many activities which direct the student toward introspection and self-awareness. While school violence is an issue ever present on our national conscience, its prevention is paramount to safeguarding our children. This book is very timely and teachers will find it most helpful in teaching civility to achieve harmony.
— Marie Calder, principal (Retired), East Rockaway School District, NY
Preventing School Violence: Guidelines for Teaching Civility and School Harmony: With passion and insight, Schiering engages the reader immediately and makes you feel like you deserve – and are getting – a warm hug. It is evident that she practices what she preaches with her style of “lifting up” her students and the reader. She invites her audience to develop self-awareness towards the goal of community civility. Her teaching philosophy and message are clear, sustainable, and goal-oriented: classroom community building results in good feelings about self and others. Through stories and interactive activities, Schiering effectively and invitingly draws in the audience to not only recognize the imperative of preventing school violence through teaching civility, but to be an agent of change. I finished the book with a more developed critical lens and intention of reconsidering my teaching strategies feeling energized to change our cultural climate!
— Amy Meyers, PhD, LCSW, Assistant Professor, Director of Field Education, Social Work Department, Molloy College
Preventing School Violence: Guidelines for Teaching Civility and School Harmony, focuses on the need for these both in the school and home. One thing I really liked was the emphasis on positive thinking and how to incorporate that into class discussions. Through lessons, activities, personal vignettes, conversations and reflections, the reader will have a thorough understanding of what our society is confronting every day, and how we can begin to really address, and solve the problem of anti-social behaviors.
When you reach the final chapter of the book, you will have learned how we can bring about social change, while realizing the worth of each individual. As I did, the reader may well come to recognize the importance of supporting schools as the building blocks of character development and civility. Most importantly, I think, as a former teacher and administrator, the reader comes to realize the imperatives for presenting lessons and how we must utilize reflection, interaction, cooperation and collaboration in all our efforts and actions... to ensure success in our endeavors for thwarting school violence by our teaching and modeling what it is to be civil.
— Barbara Hayes, EdD, Molloy College, former dean of undergraduate education studies and present field supervisor
Dr. Marjorie Schiering’ s Preventing School Violence: Guidelines for Teaching Civility and School Harmony is a “must read” for all educators. She begins with a definition of violence and promises to end with instructional techniques. Dr. Schiering delivers. She provides the necessary background followed by numerous teaching strategies. Dr. Schiering details Project SAVE (Safe Schools Against Violence in Education), the New York State response to the Columbine School shootings in 1999, as well as DASA (Dignity for All Students Act). The big question, however, remains. How do students learn civility? Dr. Schiering provides an abundance of activities. She outlines, for example, a “Meet and Greet” activity, complete with conversation starters (number of family member, sports interests, pets, favorite foods, vacations, what to buy with a winning lottery ticket) and supplies sample dialogues for the reader. I especially loved “Put-downs versus Lift Ups: Hurts on the Heart.” The brief activity will impact students of all ages. Dr. Marjorie Schiering’s Preventing School Violence is a timely and practical addition to your professional library!
— Eve Dieringer, PhD, field placement director, Molloy College’s Division of Education
Dr. Schiering's years as both a Project SAVE and DASA instructor have given her the opportunity to revive a lost art: civility. Now, more than ever, her dedication to addressing civility is both vital and timely, given the recent surge in school-related violence. As she did with her previous publications, Special Needs, Different Abilities, Teaching Creative and Critical Thinking, and Teaching and Learning: A Model for Academic and Social Cognition, Dr. Schiering offers an insightful blending of theory and practice. This blending provides a practical road-map for teachers to instill kindness and civility in their students. Preventing School Violence and Teaching Civility is a must read for anyone in the education field, from Pre-K through college.
— Timothy Ryley, MS, Adjunct Professor: English Department at Molloy College; Baldwin High School English teacher
Civility and character education are not an automatic occurrence in today’s classrooms. Dr. Schiering has written an excellent guide for educators to help their students understand the importance of these two social cognition areas. This book is a viable resource for educators, parents and students. It provides, from start-to-finish, guides for teaching civility, and ways to prevent school violence. This book thoroughly covers aspects of the processes in helping our schools prevent violent behaviors. It is practical, useful, and written in a clear and concise conversational manner. The book presents research-based material on the topic of violence, and civility activities that are easily implemented in any classroom. The author's narratives give relevance to the emphasis of the main theme, and this book is an important resource for all educators and parents.
— Angela T. Sullivan, EdD, adjunct professor, education graduate department; Concordia College, Bronxville, NY
Dr. Schiering does it again! A timely book on such a relevant matter. She presents an easy read, filled with real-life anecdotes of her life and others for readers to use their own experiences to draw conclusions. She addresses the problems and finds creative, applicable solutions to them that can be applied every day to classrooms. As a mother with young children, it gives me hope that the next generation of teachers and student will learn and practice civility. I enjoy her mantras of “You are enough” and "NO Put Downs… ONLY Lift Ups!
— Rebecca Martinez, Discovery Officer Molloy College Office of Advancement
Dr. Schiering’s book, Preventing School Violence: Guidelines for Teaching Civility and School Harmony, is an amazing resource that reminds the reader of the importance of establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships among the school community-at-large: teachers, administrators, students, and families. As educators, we are responsible for modeling civility in our schools, by creating significant connections with others. This book provides the reader with profound scenarios, approaches and strategies to promote civility and encourage school harmony, and to explore what dignity for all really means.
— Audra Cerruto Ph.D., school psychologist, Lexington School for the Deaf
Dr. Marjorie Schieiring’s Preventing School Violence: Guidelines for Teaching Civility and School Harmony, is a complete, and well-documented treatise on what teachers can do in the face of the epidemic of school violence that grips our nation. The book is probably the most comprehensive manual on school violence prevention workshops that has ever been written, but it is far more than that. Schiering’s secret is that civility is more than something we teach; it is who we must become. This well constructed work will quietly strike at the heart of the reader, infusing hope on every page. The book’s message is that the secret to stemming school violence calls for a revolution in how we treat each other, not just in classrooms, but in life.
— Kevin Sheehan, EdD, Associate Professor of Education, Molloy College: Co-author and Author