Interactive Wellbeing Programs
– Dr Ken Rigby, Leading Bullying Prevention Scholar
The best, most realistic account of bullying in schools that I have come across.
– Kate Pollack, Teacher
The impact on the kids was unbelievable..
– Australian and US Studies
Statistically significant positive changes in student attitudes.
Stories of Us is a unique series of education programs for primary and secondary students, professional development and community engagement. Created in collaboration with students, teachers and their communities, Stories of Us uses storytelling and robust interactive design to promote positive relationships and behaviour – to change school culture and help students flourish.
Combined with extensive instructional material, the programs centre on highly authentic films (and plays) built from the ground up with groups of students who collaborated in researching the subjects, developing the scripts and performing in the films. Every word is their own, and every detail approved by the students. The Stories of Us films hold a mirror to their collective reality and make for compelling viewing – however the key to their effectiveness is how the films are applied.
Internationally acclaimed by leading academics in education in Australia, the USA, Canada and the UK, the programs are now being used in approaching 30% of Australian secondary schools and 15% of primary. The success of these Australian programs led to the establishment of Stories of Us in the USA with the support of the universities of California, Illinois and Nebraska, and three of America’s leading bullying prevention specialists. The American programs are now used in 36 US states.
Australian and US studies of Stories of Us have consistently found statistically significant positive changes in student attitudes.
The Stories of Us programs are recommended by:
And have been reviewed by and included in the KidsMatter Primary Programs Guide.
The classroom programs help students and teachers develop effective strategies to enhance awareness and understanding, and reduce bullying behaviours and improve the quality of relationships among students, and reduce stress.
Designed with specialist psychologists, the resources take students through a structured program which is proven to be uncommonly effective. Multiple studies have found the Stories of Us classroom programs have a measurable, statistically significant, positive influence on student attitudes.
Stories of Us speaks to the young audience in their own language, in a style and format they respect – showing students the harsh reality of negative behaviour and helping them find a path to positive relationships. Each film presents the story of two ‘students’ as they deal, in their own way, with the given issue. The films serve as a catalyst to explore the subtle dynamics in the development of the issue, and help the students develop an understanding of what happens and why – and how the situation can be improved. The extensive Teacher’s Guides outline multiple lesson plans with detailed support information for teachers. Because of their realism the films also form an excellent basis for extension activities in English.
There are three classroom programs in the Australian secondary series – Bullying (Secondary), Relationships and Stress – and two in the primary series – Bullying (Primary) and Belonging.
The staff training programs provide step-by-step instructions for running flexible, group professional development sessions for staff. The programs combine expert instruction from leading scholars in Australian and the USA with highly authentic film material produced in collaboration with students and counsellors.
Dr Ken Rigby interprets, and describes in detail, this internationally recognised Method for dealing with bullying in schools.
The Professional Development Resource from our American bullying prevention program.
The community programs provide step-by-step instructions for running flexible, group community education and engagement sessions to help families support their children in achieving improved health and academic outcomes.
Enhancing the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities to engage with schools and educators.
The Community Education Resource from our American bullying prevention program.
The American programs are supported by: