Classcraft launches research partnership to stop bullying in school

Classcraft is piloting a research project in six elementary and high schools across Canada this year to help stop bullying.

The Montréal, Canada-based education startup is partnering with Fondation Jasmin Roy and research organization CLIPP. Together, they aim to take scientific research and design a practical plan that teachers and other professionals can use to prevent bullying and discrimination.

Teachers from three schools in Québec City and three schools in Montréal met with Classcraft’s team in October to collaborate on an approach. They discussed the negative signs of bullying that teachers often observe in the classroom, as well as positive, pro-social behaviors that create an environment that makes it hard for bullying to thrive.

Throughout the 2016-2017 school year, the teachers will work in pairs to run Classcraft using specially tailored “presets,” or positive and negative behaviors that students perform to receive points in the free online role-playing game. The pairs consist of one teacher who has used Classcraft previously and one who has not.

Classcraft students reading

In the game, which works as an interactive layer over the classroom, positive behaviors lead to students gaining “Experience Points” or XP, which they can use to level up and learn powers with real-life benefits, such as eating in class or getting extra time on an exam. Negative behaviors lead to students losing “Health Points” or HP, which has consequences in both the game and the classroom for them and their teammates.

The teachers will field-test the strategy and meet again with Classcraft’s team in December to share feedback. A third meeting will take place in March 2017 to discuss long-term results over the past six months and create a practical guide that will be made available online to the public for use.

“Bullying is specific,” said Shawn Young, the co-founder of Classcraft. “It’s not just picking on somebody. It has to be ill-intentioned, recurring, and involve a power dynamic of bully versus bullied.”

He added, “One of the things about bullying is that a lot of it happens outside of the classroom. Kids aren’t typically physically violent with each other in classroom. It’s more social and verbal abuse. The question becomes, what should teachers be looking for that can help prevent bullying on a larger scale outside of the classroom?”

To complement the project, Shawn Young will be hosting an hour-long, open-invite webinar to educate teachers on how they can use Classcraft to stop bullying in their classrooms, based on preliminary findings.

The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, November 22 at 8 PM Eastern, and you can register here.

PD certificates are available to teachers who attend.

Top photo credit: Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock.com

Stephanie Carmichael Stephanie is the editor-in-chief of the Classcraft Blog and the Head of Content for Classcraft (www.classcraft.com). She's a proud advocate of games for social good and loves talking with teachers about their amazing experiences in the classroom. Email her at [email protected]
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gloda

I enjoyed watching the webinar. The blog post mentions “a practical guide that will be made available online to the public for use.” Where can I find this?

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