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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.
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:
Common Sense Media provides vital information about internet safety, cyberbullying.
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.
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.
GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Positive School Discipline Course for School LeadersThis 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 FrameworksThis 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 SeriesThis 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 LinkThis 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 DisciplineThis 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 ClassroomThis 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 SchoolsThis 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.
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 PreventionThis 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
Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment in Our Nation's ClassroomsThis 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: Educating the Whole Child, Engaging the Whole School: Guidelines and Resources for Social and Emotional Development and Learning (SEDL) in New York StateThe 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 LeadersA 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.
Get Smart, Get Help, Get Safe: Teenage Dating Abuse Training for Specialized Instructional Support Personnel LinkThis 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.
School Safety CD-ROM