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For the 2014-2015 school year, the NYC Department of Education has designated February 9-13, 2015 as 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. RFA Week school highlights from previous years are available (here). If you have any questions about RFA Week, please email RespectForAll@schools.nyc.gov.
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:
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.
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:
CommonSense Media’s Parent Media and Technology Education Program provides parents with vital information about internet safety, cyberbullying, etc. The resources are available in both English and Spanish.
Click here to see important update from CommonSense Media on inappropriate digital behavior to be aware of this school year
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.
The American Psychological Association's Healthy LGBQ Students Project, funded by the Division of Adolescent and School Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC-DASH) provides capacity-building assistance to schools and other organizations that serve gay and bisexual young men at risk for HIV infection, especially African-American and Latino youth. Its goal is to help schools, families, and communities promote the healthy growth and full development of lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning (LGBQ) youth. The resources found in the Toolbox section of its workshop participant manual are now online.
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.