Shifting Boundaries: Lessons on Relationships for Students in Middle School: A Training Workshop


Shifting Bounaries: lesson on relationships for studenrts in middle schoolThe California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are pleased to offer this special training to support local community based organizations in their sexual violence prevention efforts. The focus of this training is for those organizations working in the middle school setting. There is no registration cost to attend, but space is limited, so please register early if you would like to attend.

When: Tuesday, April 14, 2014, 9am-3pm

Where: Sacramento, CA

TrainerNan Stein, Ed.D., Senior Research Scientist, Wellesley Centers for Women

Register:  Session is full. Only one registration per agency.

Cost: Free

Lunch is not provided. After registering for the event, information will be provided for nearby lodging and restaurants. Space is limited so reserve your space early.

Shifting Boundaries: Lessons on relationships for students in middle school. Shifting Boundaries is an evidence based, multi-level primary prevention program for middle school students on sexual harassment and precursors to teen dating violence. This program is unique in that it embraces a whole school approach by using three school wide interventions along with multiple classroom lessons. It has been in development since 2005, first with middle schools in three school districts in the Greater Cleveland (OH) area, and since 2008 in middle schools in New York City. It has been recognized by the White House (2013 & 2014) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014), by the US Department of Education (2013), and by the US Department of Justice on its web site.

Shifting Boundaries is comprised of four to seven classroom lessons and three school-wide interventions. The classroom curriculum, differentiated by activity for each grade, also includes detailed instructions for teachers with handouts for each session. The lessons cover setting boundaries, measuring personal space, appropriate and inappropriate behaviors at school, defining behaviors that constitute sexual harassment, appropriate ways to respond, and the consequences for harassers, and mapping safe and unsafe spaces at school. Each lesson has discussion questions, group work, and personal reflection. The three school-level interventions include (1) using temporary school-based restraining orders, called “respecting boundaries agreements;” (2) mapping safe and unsafe areas of the school; and (3) the use of huge, dramatic posters to increase awareness and encourage reporting of incidents to school officials.

This workshop session will introduce the lessons and interventions and all participants will be provided with a free copy of the lessons and zip files of the posters. DVDs that the researchers used in the NYC schools will be shown as part of the lessons/interventions but those are not for sale. In addition, we will discuss the research findings, the efficacy and effectiveness and possible small-scale tools for evaluation.

Shifting Boundaries: Lessons on Relationships for Students in Middle School was funded by the National Institute of Justice, US Department of Justice, 2005-2007, 2008-2010 & 2011-2014 and written by Nan Stein, Ed.D., Kelly Mennemeier, Natalie Russ & Bruce Taylor, PhD.


Training Objectives: All training attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe the core components of the Shifting Boundaries classroom lessons and the three school-wide interventions;
  2. Describe the research and evaluation findings of Shifting Boundaries;
  3. Describe the application of federal law Title IX, which covers sex discrimination and sexual harassment in all educational institutions and the ways in which it is covered in Shifting Boundaries; and
  4. Identify potential ways to implement Shifting Boundaries in their school settings, either as a collaborative venture with school-based staff, or in other settings that reach young adolescents.

For more information contact Deena Fulton, 916-446-2520, x305 , [email protected]

A project of the California Department of Public Health, Violence Prevention Unit, Rape Prevention and Education Program, administered by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

David Lee

David S. Lee, MPH, is the Director of Prevention Services at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) where he provides training and technical assistance on prevention. David manages the national project Prevention Connection, an online community of violence against women prevention practitioners, funders, researchers and activists. For over 29 years David has worked in efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

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