With over 13 million kids bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence that young people experience, educators, parents, students and advocates need to be given resources and voices to address the epidemic.
On Wednesday, April 25th at Dearborn Academy in Arlington, MA the National Institute for Student-Centered Education (NISCE) will be hosting a roundtable discussion with parents, educators, and students on Fostering Empathy and Action.
Participants will discuss the hard questions. How can we develop just and caring communities for all children? What are some of the challenges we face in our efforts to learn the truth about instances of bullying and ensure safety and fairness for all students? What steps can be taken to stand up to bullying or address it as a parent? How can we talk about bullying and advocate for change? In hosting this discussion, NISCE hopes to highlight solutions that can be used immediately and that can lead to broader, systemic change.
The Bully Project, which received the NISCE Nod in March for their commitment to creating safe school environments where all children can remain enthusiastic about coming to school, provides a wide range of resources for parents, educators, students and advocates that are seeking workable solutions. The Bully Project ‘Toolkits’ (below) are well worth reading and were contributed to the project by: the Bully Prevention Initiative at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, BullyBust, Rosalind Wiseman – Creating Cultures of Dignity, the Anti-Defamation League, Welcoming Schools, The JED Foundation, Education.com, and others.
Facing History and Ourselves has developed an excellent resource that is particularly interesting for those who were unable join the NISCE screening of Bully. Their Guide to the Film Bully: Fostering Empathy and Action in Schools can be used by those who want a tool to help structure discussions after viewing the film.