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MARC - Student Programs
MARC's bullying & cyberbullying prevention programs for K-12 students are unique in that most services are delivered by trained graduate and undergraduate students from Bridgewater State University, in a high-status peer model.  The student services we offer are:

  • a variety of assemblies for grades K through 12; these are done at your school (Click HERE to read about our assembly programs);

  • training for peer leadership programs in grades 6 through 12 (detailed descriptions HERE); these trainings are usually done on the Bridgewater State University campus; 

  • We also offer a K-5 Curriculum, with 10 age-appropriate lessons for each grade, covering both bullying and cyberbullying; and

  • a research-based High School Cyberskills Curriculum.  

General principles are:
  1. Because bullies at schools are often high-social-status children (i.e., "popular"), it is students who must be aware enough to realize that bullying behavior is not desirable and should not be emulated. Bystander support of targets is key;
  2. Elementary aged students (grade 6 and below) are often emotionally connected with their primary classroom teacher, and thus best able to have their awareness raised by that teacher;
  3. Older students (pre-teen and teenage) are often best able to learn from high-status peers who model positive social behaviors, and who model a distaste for bullying and abusive behaviors;
  4. Cyberbullying is a central form of bullying today and it must be addressed, even among older elementary school children, albeit in a developmentally appropriate manner;
  5. Ongoing, continuous programs -- even low-key ones -- are preferable to one-time programs such as assemblies;
  6. However, assemblies can be very useful for raising interest and for beginning or continuing interest in a campaign of behavior change.
MARC offers its anti-bullying programs to K-12 schools in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Currently, the program is grant-supported and participating schools located within about 45-60 minutes of BSU do not have to pay for it, although they are asked to cooperate with the research.

Characteristics of Our Programming

Developmentally-appropriate student programming   
The program presumes that student education must take different forms for children of different ages. Younger children learn best from teachers with whom they have a positive emotional relationship, and older children (preteens and teens) learn best from high-status peers.  Approaches and procedures should be ongoing, although one-time assemblies may be useful for kicking off a new anti-bullying effort.  Therefore, we have developed:
*  help from MARC in forming student-led leadership teams whose purpose is to change school culture in Middle and High Schools (peer leadership programs)
*  student assemblies for different age groups (including elementary, fifth grade / transition to Middle School, middle school, and high school)
* A K-5 Curriculum which addresses both bullying and cyber bullying, beginning in Kindergarten
*  A High School Cyberskills Curriculum, research-based, and designed to reduce cyberbullying. 
* student contests, a Youth Summit, and other positive proactive events designed to encourage and support student-led anti-violence efforts
MARC Student Associates

MARC is a teaching Center, meaning that we instruct graduate and advanced undergraduate students at Bridgewater State University. These students are powerful tools in any bullying prevention effort, as they are high-status peers and role models to teenage children. They are trained, among other things, to facilitate with groups of teenagers on changing their school climate. They also deliver assembly programs. The purpose is dual: (a) to promote the training of students in this area; and (b) to help schools deliver this program with-out increasing the teaching burden on classroom teachers and guidance counselors.

MARC offers its anti-bullying programs to K-12 schools in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Currently, the program is grant-supported and participating schools do not have to pay for it, although they are asked to cooperate with the research.

Click here to read a description of our K-12 Anti-Bullying Program.

Please email with questions, or put in a Request.


Peer Leadership Trainings that take place on the Bridgewater State University campus are always FREE for any school in Massachusetts.

Student Assemblies are FREE to Massachusetts schools located within one hour of Bridgewater State University, during the University academic year.

That geographical limit exists only because our students cannot be asked to travel further.  However, schools located further away than one hour can still get assembly programs, but we may need to send staff and charge a modest fee. 

Regardless of your school's location, if you want the student services and programs, please put in a Request.  Thanks!

Are you located outside of Massachusetts, OR want a training outside of the school year?  If so, email us by clicking here

Watch a VIDEO DEMONSTRATION of our peer leadership training program!

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BOOK LIST for use with students

Our book list is different, because we only list books whose content adheres to the latest research findings.

There are many wonderful books that portray bullying in a dated way, or inaccurately, or they portray responses to bullying that current research suggests are not effective. 

What can MARC do for you?

- Educators can find curricula for K-12 students, and training programs for themselves.

- We offer Conferences, Workshops, and Train the Trainer programs, which certify Trainers to train their colleagues.

- Parents can find free, helpful downloads that specialize in explaining everything in plain English (we have translations in Spanish, Portugeuse, and Haitian-Creole).