USE YOUR WITS®

WITS helps kids manage conflict

The WITS® group of programs brings together schools, families and community members to help elementary school children learn strategies on how to promote kindness and effectively manage peer victimization such as discrimination and bullying.

To access WITS resources, training and program materials, schools now subscribe annually.

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Our Programs

The easy-to-use WITS Program has been proven effective via formal evaluations and in 2016 was acclaimed 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 Program provides children from Kindergarten to Grade 3 (up to grade 6/7; age groups are flexible) with skills and language to deal with bullying and peer victimization. Using carefully chosen children’s books, engaging resources, and cross-curriculum lessons, educators find WITS easy to implement and effective in reducing peer victimization like discrimination, bullying, etc.

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The WITS LEADS Program

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

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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:

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 Program

Coming in 2022: our latest youth initiative, Canadian Kindness Leaders. For ages 10 to 16, Canadian Kindness Leaders empowers youth to conceive of and implement their own projects that support kindness in their school and/or community. Available to subscribed schools. See www.canadiankindnessleaders.ca

Expanded languages

To reach more families, we created the new WITS take-home card. By scanning a QR code, families can read about WITS in 13 languages. These pages on our web site refer to the school’s use of WITS and help families use WITS at home.  www.witsprogram.ca/families

Sprinkling Kindness from Coast to Coast to Coast.

WITS Programs have been delivered in more than 1300 schools and in every province and territory in Canada. WITS is committed to making sure that every child has a safe, supportive community in which to grow and thrive.

Click through to our map to see if your community is represented:

1,500

WITS Programs schools worldwide

20,000

Educators and Community
Leaders trained in WITS
Programs

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Books on the WITS Pick
or WITS Recommended
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More of our initiatives

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Pink Shirt Day Canada

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Stories of Kindness

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Canadian Kindness Leaders