The film “Bully” premiered on March 30th in New York and Los Angeles, but on April 13th NISCE will host the inaugural Boston-area screening of the film at the Landmark Kendall Cinema in Cambridge. Immediately following the show, Dr. Richard Weissbourd, Harvard lecturer, will provide commentary and lead a short discussion with the audience.
The documentary, which follows five students who are bullied over the course of one year, seeks to expose the tragic effects of bullying. By giving intimate glimpses into school buses, classrooms, cafeterias, and principals’ offices, viewers are offered insights into the often-cruel world of children. Following in the footsteps of the film’s – STOP BULLYING. SPEAK UP – call to action, the National Institute for Student-Centered Education (NISCE) looks to catalyze audiences of teachers, students, administrators and parents to join together in the ongoing struggle to find effective answers.
By joining us on the 13th, you will be taking an important next step in finding solutions which both address immediate needs and lead to broader, systemic change.
Directed by Lee Hirsh
Presented by the National Institute for Student-Centered Learning and Schools for Children, Inc.
April 13, 2012 @ 6:45 pm
Landmark Kendall Cinema
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 even students on Fostering Empathy and Action. Participants will discuss the hard questions. How can we develop just and caring communities for 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 you talk about bullying and advocate for change? In having this discussion, NISCE hopes to highlight solutions that can be used in the immediate sense, and lead to systematic change.
The Bully Project, which received the NISCE Nod in March due to their commitment to igniting, preserving, and enhancing a passion for learning, provides a great deal of resources for parents, educators, students and advocates that are seeking solutions. The Bully Project ‘Toolkits’ are well worth the read, and were contributed 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 more.
Facing History and Ourselves has another resource that is particularly interesting for those who were unable join the NISCE screening of Bully. Guide to the Film Bully: Fostering Empathy and Action in Schools can be used by those that want have open discussion after screening the Bully film.
For further inquires contact:
NISCE Program Director
20 Academy Street, #200
Arlington, MA 02476