WITS helps kids manage conflicts

Effectively prevent discrimination and bullying: the WITS® programs work in schools to teach children strategies that promote kindness and reduce victimization. In a whole-school-whole-community approach, WITS & LEADS (DIRE & MENTOR in French) involve schools, families and community members.

Schools K-5/6/7:  Subscribe to WITS and access dozens of lesson plans, educator training, videos and discounts. Schools still using materials from prior to 2022 may renew and access updated materials.

For youth: see “Programs” for Canadian Kindness Leaders and Pink Shirt Project.

Our Programs

Accredited by CASEL as a promising Social Emotional Learning program, the easy-to-teach WITS strategies have been proven effective via formal evaluations. In 2016, WITS was acclaimed as the “best school program of its kind” in Canada by researchers at Dalhousie University. The WITS Programs are trusted by over 1500 schools worldwide.

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WITS – Canada’s Bullying Prevention Program

The WITS strategies provide children from Kindergarten up to grades 6/7 with skills and language to manage peer victimization. Using curated children’s books, engaging resources, and cross-curriculum lessons, educators find WITS easy to implement, provides the school with a common language, and is effective in reducing peer victimization.

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The WITS LEADS Program

LEADS, an extension of WITS, provides students in Grades 4 through 6/7 (ages flexible) with strategies that empower kids to resolve conflicts and model good behaviour. Like WITS, LEADS is literature-based with dynamic activities that may be integrated throughout a variety of subject areas.

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Empowering kids across Canada and beyond

WITS Programs have been delivered in more than 1500 schools in every province and territory in Canada, with more outside of Canada. We are committed to ensuring every child has a safe, supportive community in which to grow and thrive.

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WITS Programs schools worldwide


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Our Commitments

Starting in schools and affecting entire communities, we are committed to creating safe, inclusive and healthy environments for children and youth. Here are some of the ways we do that:

Expanded languages

To reach more families, we created the new WITS take-home card. By scanning the QR code, families can read about WITS in their choice of 12 languages, referring to the school’s use of WITS and helping families use WITS at home.

Indigenous Communities

The WITS Program is used in dozens of Indigenous community schools. The advice of Indigenous educators and consultants is embedded into WITS. We also encourage program adaptation that will work with unique cultures and needs. In 2022, WITS subscriptions are free to Indigenous schools.

WITS commitment to Indigenous communities and reconciliation.

NEW Youth Programs

Order now for September 2024:  Canadian Kindness Leaders (ages 8-13) and Pink Shirt Project (ages 12-18) guide youth to conceive of and implement their own projects that support kindness in their school and/or community. Available to subscribed schools. Positively empower your youth!

More of our initiatives

Pink Shirt Day Canada

Pink Shirt Project

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Canadian Kindness Leaders