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National Know Your Classmates Day

  new! NYC DOE schools are highly encouraged to participate in National Know Your Classmates Day, which will be held on October 21, 2016. National Know Your Classmates Day is a project of Beyond Differences, the organization that created the “No One Eats Alone” campaign in February.

Know Your Classmates is designed to support students as they explore issues of self-identity, stereotypes, and embracing diversity in ourselves and others. The initiative is available for all schools, but focused on middle schoolers, for free. The initiative includes four lesson plans, one national awareness day, and ways for children to open up and get to know one another.

For additional information and to signup, please visit http://knowyourclassmates.org/. A limited number of free activity kits are available for middle schools that signup to participate. 

Respect for All Training

For inquiries on the Respect for All two day training for NYC DOE employees only, please email RFATraining@schools.nyc.gov


Respect for All Week

For the 2015-2016 school year, the NYC Department of Education has designated February 9-12, 2016 as Respect for All (RFA) Week in all NYC public schools.  During this week, schools will have opportunities to highlight and build upon ongoing diversity programs and curriculum-based instruction. Schools will also have opportunities to embark upon new initiatives that promote respect for diversity and engage students in meaningful lessons and/or other activities that focus on preventing bias-based harassment, intimidation and/or bullying.


Overcoming Obstacles




Overcoming Obstacles offers a research-based life skills curriculum for middle school and high school students. The curriculum is designed to ensure that all young people learn the communication, decision making, and goal setting skills they need to be successful in life. 


RFA Resources at a Glance



Bullying

Anti-Defamation League

The Departments of Education and Health and Human Services

StopBullying.gov website emphasizes action steps individuals can take to prevent and stop bullying in their schools and communities. Users may subscribe to email updates to find out about new content on the site. It also features easy-to-use tools and resources for community leaders, young people and families, including:

Edutopia

In support of Bullying Prevention Month, Edutopia has highlighted the curriculum and video resources of Not in Our Schools as well as other important  resources  for educators, parents and school leaders to prevent and address bullying and harassment in schools.

The National Education Association (NEA)

The NEA Bullying Prevention Kit: Designed by educators for educators, this kit reflects the best available research on bullying prevention. To access different subject areas, click on
Bully Free Campaign
What is Bullying?  
How Do I Intervene?  
How Do I Advocate? 

The NEA also offers additional resources and tools.

SAMHSA

To Prevent Bullying the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has launched KnowBullying - a free smartphone app that provides parents, caretakers, educators, and others information and support to address youth bullying. The KnowBullying mobile app, developed in collaboration with the federal partnership StopBullying.gov is available for iPhone and Android users.

Key features include:

  *   How to start a conversation with a child about bullying
  *   How to prevent bullying for ages 3-6, 7-13, and older teens
  *   How to recognize whether bullying is affecting a child
  *   How and when to talk with children about bullying issues
  *   Getting advice and support through social media-Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and text messages
  *   Educator-focused strategies for preventing bullying in the classroom and supporting children who are being bullied

Download the KnowBullying app and the promotional postcard and flyer .

Learn about more resources at StopBullying.gov.
 

Stop Bullying.gov

As part of Respond to Bullying, Stopbullying.gov offers an interactive webinar Be More Than a Bystander to help school staff and parents know how best to intervene to stop bullying behavior and empower students to be allies. Each of the five “Tips” provides three perspectives – advocates (Why This Matters), parents’ and kids’ and includes a FAQ for each tip.
 

Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility

Teachable Moment, a project of Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, fosters social responsibility through K-12 classroom lessons that encourage inquiry and critical thinking on current issues and support students’ social & emotional learning:


Cyberbullying

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media provides vital information about internet safety, cyberbullying.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

ISafe

Educators from schools in the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) system can access iSafe internet safety curriculum and programming, enabling them to educate K-12 students on a variety of e-Safety topics including: appropriate online behavior, cyberbullying and social networking.

The National Association of School Psychologists

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) CyberSmart! Cyberbullying Package, a selection of free, non-sequential, grades 2-12 lesson plans and student activity sheets for learning about safe access to and instruction in the use of the internet and other communication technologies for learning, socializing, and preparing for the future.

PACER Center  

PACER has partnered with Facebook to create a practical Student Event Toolkit that will make it easier to hold events in your school or community. This step-by-step guide will help you plan, promote, and execute a variety of events throughout the year using Facebook tools

Respect for Diversity

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

The ADL’s Book of the Month is a collection of featured books is from the its Recommended Multicultural and Anti-Bias Books for Children. Intended for educators, parents and other caregivers of early childhood and elementary aged children, these books promote respect for diversity, teach about bias and prejudice, and encourage social action. Reading the children's books listed on this site with your children and incorporating them into instruction is an excellent way to talk about these important concepts in your classroom. Each book entry includes the book title and author, a brief annotation, ISBN, publication date, publisher, a suggested reading level, and book category(ies). The reading levels are only suggestions for adults to use when choosing books for children. Many of the books lend themselves to being read aloud to children of any age. The ADL strongly suggests reviewing books carefully before selecting them to determine age or grade level and content. Each book of the month includes discussion questions and suggestions for three extension activities for educators to incorporate into classroom instruction.

 

The ADL offers lesson plans through its Current Events Classroom, a collection of timely and relevant brief lesson plans that assist K-12 educators in teaching news topics and other issues of the day. Each lesson helps students analyze the topic through an anti-bias, diversity and social justice lens. Lessons Plans are also available. 


Additional Resources from ADL are as follows:    

Ali Forney Center

The Ali Forney Center (AFC) Community-based Outreach program conducts outreach through presentations and workshops in schools, community centers, religious organizations, and other NYC entities engaged with LGBTQ youth. The Community-based Outreach program also represents the Ali Forney Center at local events serving LGBTQ youth, collaborates with other organizations on creating events for LGBTQ homeless, runaway and street-based youth in NYC; and maintains membership on several NYC based coalitions addressing the needs of homeless, runaway, and street-based LGBTQ youth.

CAMBA

CAMBA's Project Accept LGBT Youth Project Aly uses stories of acceptance from parents/families of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in Brooklyn to change underlying causes of HIV infection among this highly at-risk group. 

Common Sense Media

Click here to see important update from CommonSense Media on inappropriate digital behavior to be aware of this school year

GLSEN

GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students.  

Hetrick Martin Institute

The Hetrick Martin Institute provides a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth between the ages of 13 and 24 and their families.  Through a comprehensive package of direct services and referrals, Hetrick-Martin seeks to foster healthy youth development. Hetrick-Martin’s staff promotes excellence in the delivery of youth services and uses its expertise to create innovative programs that other organizations may use as models.

InterCultural Forum

The InterCultural Forum brings religious and cultural diversity workshops into U.S. public, private, and faith-based high schools. ICF’s approach is dynamic, innovative, and very hands-on. Our goal is to make a meaningful contribution to social cohesion by encouraging an appreciation of the positive and valuable contribution people of all cultures, faiths and beliefs make to local and global communities.

Interfaith Center of New York

Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) works to overcome prejudice, violence, and misunderstanding by activating the power of the city’s grassroots religious and civic leaders and their communities.

Islamic Network Group

Islamic Network Group (ING) offers youth workshops for Muslim parents and youth, grades 7-12 and college-age. ING provides workshops based on the ING Youth program that include the following topics:

Challenges Muslim students are facing today
Building confidence as a Muslim through education and engagement
Knowing your rights as students and parents
Taking constructive action

ING's resources include a Bullying Prevention Guide, which is designed specifically for Muslim parents.

Muslim Community Network

The Muslim Community Network develops the capacity of Muslim New Yorkers and their allies to fully participate in the social and political landscape of New York City.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) has launched two online special features:

Operation Respect

Operation Respect is a non-profit education and advocacy organization dedicated to transforming schools, camps and other youth-serving organizations into safer, more respectful, bully-free environments for children and youth. Classroom lessons are also available here.

PFLAG NYC Safe Schools Program

The PFLAG NYC Safe Schools Program works with works with teachers, principals, counselors and students to ensure that LGBT youth are safe and successful in school.

Tanenbaum

Tanenbaum is a secular, non-sectarian nonprofit that promotes mutual respect with practical programs that bridge religious difference and combat prejudice in schools, workplaces, health care settings and areas of armed conflict.

Teaching Tolerance

Mix It Up at Lunch Day: A national campaign launched a decade ago, Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. Students have identified the cafeteria as the place where divisions are most clearly drawn. So on one day – October 29 this school year –students are asked to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project provides information and training programs to help educators learn about LGBTQ youth including: Trevor Ally Trainings which focus on the specific risks and challenges LGBTQ youth face and how they can become allies and  Trevor CARE Trainings which discuss LGBTQ-specific risk factors for suicide, explores protective factors that can lower these risks and how to help youth get the support they need.

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Unity Productions Foundation

Unity Production Foundation creates and provides media to educate about Muslim culture, diversity, and practices. UPF can work with Islamic centers, Mosques, and even educational institutions to host screenings and events dedicated to fighting Islamophobia.


Professional Growth and Development

Addressing the Needs of At-Risk Students

Classrooms with Revolving Doors: Recommended Practices for Elementary Teachers of At-Risk and Highly Mobile Students 
This information brief highlights some of the challenges elementary school teachers face in meeting the needs of highly mobile students and their more stable peers, and offers recommendations to teachers based on an exploration of the literature and case studies of award-winning teachers with a variety of students in their classrooms who moved frequently.

 

Classrooms with Revolving Doors: Recommended Practices for Middle Level and High School Teachers of At-Risk and Highly Mobile Students
This information brief highlights some of the challenges middle and high school teachers face in meeting the needs of highly mobile students and their more stable peers, and offers recommendations to teachers based on an exploration of the literature and case studies of award-winning teachers with a variety of students in their classrooms who moved frequently.

 

Civil Rights in the Classroom: Special Education, Discipline and Homelessness, Part II
This webinar presents important points to consider in the areas of special education, discipline, and homelessness, such as how civil rights laws affect classrooms and what information district and school staff must keep in mind when planning and implementing programs.

 

Poverty in the 21st Century
This webinar series from the Midwest Equity Assistance Center at Kansas State University is designed to help educators understand an asset approach to viewing students and families from impoverished backgrounds. The three-part series provides strategies for influencing the educational environment and improving student performance.

 

Understanding and Overcoming the Challenges Faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex Youth - Webinar Series
This webinar series highlights an array of challenges lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and intersex (LGBTQI) youths face in their schools and communities. Presenters discuss the importance of changing perceptions, practices, and culture to address the needs of these underserved youths. 

 

Addressing Student Behavior

Positive School Discipline Course for School Leaders
This online, interactive course features six modules to train school leaders in how to improve school discipline and culture and climate by creating community partnerships, gathering and analyzing data, revising school discipline policies, selecting evidence-based programs, and implementing with fidelity. The course is free of charge, and is accompanied by a team user’s guide to help members of a school team to take the course together. Audience: School/District Administrators, School Support Staff, School Culture and Climate Committees

Teaching the Whole Child: Instructional Practices That Support Social-Emotional Learning in Three Teacher Evaluation Frameworks
This research-to-practice brief identifies the instructional practices that promote students’ social-emotional learning, which in turn are critical for student academic learning. The brief also showcases how three popular teacher evaluation frameworks embed practices that influence not only student academic learning but also student social and emotional competencies.

Supportive School Discipline Webinar Series
This webinar series provides at least 60 minutes of content, per webinar, on positive approaches to school discipline. It features national experts and practitioners who quickly describe research on the given topic and then provide concrete strategies that can be used in the field.

IRIS Training Module: He Just Needs a Little Bit of Discipline Link
This training module/case study provides an opportunity for training in dealing with a student with disabilities whose behaviors interfere with his or her classroom instruction. The case study provides assistance for communicating with parents and education professionals. Audience: School/District Administrators, Teachers, Communities, Families

IDEA Key Issues in Discipline
This module discusses IDEA’s very specific procedures for disciplining students with disabilities who violate a code of student conduct. Can a school suspend or expel a student with a disability for violating a code of student conduct? Change his or her placement? Is a manifestation determination necessary? What rules apply? This module answers these questions and concludes with case study examples.
Audience: School Administrators, Teachers, School Support Staff

Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom
This guide offers prevention, implementation, and schoolwide strategies that can be used to reduce problematic behavior that interferes with the ability of students to attend to and engage fully in instructional activities and uses the What Works Clearinghouse standards to rate the quality of evidence supporting each of the behavioral prevention and intervention programs and practices discussed.
Audience: School/District Administrators, Teachers, School Support Staff
  
Crossing the Line-Sexual Harassment at Schools

This research report by the American Association of University Women reveals some sobering statistics about the prevalence of sexual harassment in grades 7 – 12 and the negative impact it has on students' education.  The report concludes with concrete recommendations and promising practices for preventing sexual harassment directed at school administrators, educators, parents, students and community members. 

Bullying

Community Action Toolkit: Bullying Prevention Training Module 
This research-based training module can help one lead a bullying prevention effort in his/her local community. The module addresses initiating, planning, and implementing a community-wide event via PowerPoint presentations, speaker notes, a tool kit, and a supplemental guide that includes a landscape assessment, template community event agenda, a community engagement tip sheet, and many other useful tools. 
Audience: School/District Administrators, School Support Staff
  

Social Bullying: Correlates, Consequences, and Prevention

This brief summarizes research findings concerning the impacts of social bullying on individual social development and adjustment, and identifies implications for school learning environments. The last section describes school-based approaches for preventing and reducing social bullying.
Audience: School Administrators, School Support Staff, Communities  

School Culture

Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment in Our Nation's Classrooms
This training tool kit comprises two modules to address bullying in classrooms. Specifically, it is designed to assist teachers in cultivating meaningful relationships with students while creating a positive climate in the classroom.
Audience: Classroom Educators and Staff Developers

School Climate Practice Briefs for Implementation and Sustainability 
Eleven (11) briefs on the latest research on and best practices in implementing school climate improvements based on work with the entire academic community, including teachers, staff, school-based mental health professionals, students and parents.

School Climate Guide for District Policymakers and Education Leaders  
Identifies quality practices in school climate that can lead to student achievement and success; various policy options that encourage, support and reward implementation and sustainability of a positive school climate; and strategies to ensure alignment of quality practice and supportive policies based on research and evidence of practice.

Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning: Educating the Whole Child, Engaging the Whole School: Guidelines and Resources for Social and Emotional Development and Learning (SEDL) in New York State

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) recently published the first in a series of policy documents titled "From Policy to Practice." The series will provide guidance and direction for schools nationwide, and the focus of the premiere issue is on social and emotional learning. NASBE notes that "the recognized need for public schools to support students in areas beyond academics is not new, but recent developments in social-emotional learning (SEL) go beyond what has come before-and are starting to show improvements in both student behavior and academic outcomes. The brief, titled Social-Emotional Learning, looks at the scope of SEL policies and initiatives in states that promote students' social-emotional well-being and character growth.  

Center on Great Teachers and Leaders
A new brief from the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, a project of the American Institutes for Research, connects social and emotional learning with frameworks for good teaching and teacher evaluation. Drawing extensively from the work of CASEL and its collaborators, this brief presents an important perspective on how social and emotional learning connects with the improvement of teaching. You can read a blog post summarizing the brief or download the entire document.

Supporting Students with Disabilities

IRIS Training Module: He Just Needs a Little Bit of Discipline Link

This training module/case study provides an opportunity for training in dealing with a student with disabilities whose behaviors interfere with his or her classroom instruction. The case study provides assistance for communicating with parents and education professionals. Audience: School/District Administrators, Teachers, Communities, Families
  
IDEA Key Issues in Discipline
This module discusses IDEA’s very specific procedures for disciplining students with disabilities who violate a code of student conduct. Can a school suspend or expel a student with a disability for violating a code of student conduct? Change his or her placement? Is a manifestation determination necessary? What rules apply? This module answers these questions and concludes with case study examples.
Audience: School Administrators, Teachers, School Support Staff  

Teen Dating Abuse

Get Smart, Get Help, Get Safe: Teenage Dating Abuse Training for Specialized Instructional Support Personnel Link
This training tool kit explores characteristics of both healthy and unhealthy dating relationships and provides (a) strategies for assessing whether dating abuse is occurring and how to intervene when required, (b) guidance on norms and policies schools may employ, and (c) extensive resources for key support staff for addressing dating abuse.
Audience: School Psychologists, Social Workers, School Nurses, Guidance Counselors and Staff Developers who provide professional development to staff members in these titles.

Youth Violence Prevention

School Safety CD-ROM

This CD-ROM provides more than 110 documents and links related to school violence, gangs, bullying and interpersonal violence, youth violence prevention, alcohol and substance abuse, community partnerships, and property crime. The CD-ROM provides school safety information in terms of bullying and interpersonal violence, youth violence prevention, alcohol and substance abuse, community partnerships, property crime and nuisance violations, school resource officers, and emergency preparedness and management.  
Audience: School Administrators, Parents, Students