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Get Real About Violence

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Get Real About Violence is a mixed-media prevention program for grades K

Target Audience: 

Children in grades K

Special Populations/Available Adaptations: 

No information at this time.

Program Components: 

Get Real About Violence has curriculum kits for the following grade groupings: K

Training and Technical Assistance: 

Customized training on how to use Get Real About Violence is available through Discovery Education.

Teacher training is one or two days and is designed to:

  • Prepare participants to be site coordinators and train teachers within their schools.
  • Prepare participants to implement the curriculum with confidence.
  • Show participants how implementation of the curriculum can change the behaviors and lives of their students.

Mentor training is two or three days and is designed to:

  • Provide up-to-date information on the curriculum.
  • Prepare participants to be site coordinators and train teachers within their district.
  • Learn about the latest prevention research.
  • Learn strategies for combining prevention efforts with curriculum.

Training of trainers is two or three days and designed to:

  • Prepare participants to lead teacher trainings for their organization and community.
  • Provide more in-depth knowledge on the research, rationale, and potential use of the curriculum.

Training information is available at

Those who are trained have access to Discovery Education via phone at 800-323-9084. Technical assistance calls are unlimited at no additional cost.

Contact Information: 

Discovery Education
1560 Sherman Ave.

Program and Training Costs: 

The cost of a one-day training conducted by Discovery Education is $2,500. Each additional day costs $1,000. All expenses are included in the cost.

Evaluation Results: 

Matched experimental and control groups of approximately 250 junior high school students in a major metropolitan area completed pre-test and post-test questionnaires to determine the effectiveness of the Get Real About Violence program. Survey data and anecdotal evidence obtained from teachers demonstrated a positive effect of the program.

Students who experienced Get Real About Violence:

  • Were less verbally aggressive
  • Were less likely to be verbally aggressive in the future
  • Were less likely to watch a fight in the future
  • Were less likely to spread rumors about a fight in the future
Evaluation Components: 

Get Real About Violence provides a blueprint for conducting a needs assessment. It defines goals and objectives and contains pre-tests and post-tests for all grade levels to measure the extent students have achieved objectives. There are also evaluations for teachers to determine their attitudes about program efficacy.

Agency/Institution Recognition: 

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Promising Program


American Society of Educators (2003). Reducing verbal aggression and bullying in schools. What's New, 36(4), 32.

Baseline Research, LLC (2000). Get Real about Violence curriculum evaluation: Final report. Milwaukee, WI: Author.

Comprehensive Health Education Foundation. (1995). Get Real About Violence. Educational Leadership, 52(8), 89-90.

Meyer, G., Roberto, A. J., Boster, F. J., & Roberto, H.L. (2004). Assessing the Get Real about Violence curriculum: Process and outcome evaluation results and implications. Health Communication, 16(4), 451