Educator Resources

Respect for All

Useful Links for Teachers and School Administrators

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NYCDOE Resources

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External Resources


Bullying

Anti-Defamation League

Ability Path: Support for Parents of Children with Special Needs

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.

 

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

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.

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.

National Crime Prevention Council

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

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. 

Anti-Defamation League

Bureau of Children, Youth and Families

The Bureau of Children, Youth, and Families has released two new videos on NYC Teen that feature two young adults, Joseph and Amanda, who share their journey about coming to terms with their own sexual identity and finding self-acceptance. Their stories speak to all youth and let others know that even through tough times, there is hope and help.  All the videos (on topics such as bullying, anger, stress, dating violence, etc.) on NYC Teen have educational materials that teens and adults that work with them can access, including fact sheets, quizzes, polls, and resource guides. There is a direct and secure e-mail address for LIFENET that teens can use in addition to calling 1-800-LifeNet for support. To view the videos go to www.nyc.gov/teen and click on the images on the home page.

 

GLSEN

No Place for Hate

The Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) FREE No Place For Hate initiative offers students, teachers, administrators and family members the opportunity to work together to combat prejudice and enhance a culture of respect in the school community. ADL will recognize 100 schools/community organizations this year in honor of its Centennial year. To use the new online registration process for No Place For Hate 2013-2014, click here 

The ADL will recognize schools for their exceptional commitment to No Place For Hate its Gold Star banner in addition to awarding the Alexander Bodini Prize for Diversity which is given to one educator and two students who exhibit extraordinary leadership in the effort to make their schools No Place For Hate. 

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.

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.

Playgrounds and Prejudice: Elementary School Climate in the United States GLSEN research report about bullying (including anti-gay bullying), family diversity, and gender non-conforming youth in grades K-6.

Teaching Diverse Students Initiative is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).  SPLC is working with professional associations (e.g. the American Association for Teacher Education and the National Education Association), prominent scholars and expert educators to develop and implement the initiative.  The Initiative has developed a suite of tools to enhance teacher effectiveness and student opportunities to learn at the center of which are interactive multi-media professional development resources.  The Initiative places primary emphasis on practices within educators' immediate control - classroom strategies, pedagogical techniques, and school conditions.  Within that focus, TDSI also emphasizes strategies that have the potential to reduce bias and prejudice.

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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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: Understanding the Needs of Sexual Minority and Gender Non-Conforming Youth, Part I 
This webinar for school administrators and teachers provides an overview of civil rights laws and issues as they pertain to the classroom, discusses their impact on student achievement and school reform, and provides participants with practical tips to apply in the classroom.

 

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
,a 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

 

American Institutes for Research Webinar
This session focuses on strategies for preventing bullying, with a focus on enhancing overall school climate to minimize bullying behavior. In addition, participants explored practical approaches for recognizing the signs of potential bullying onset, risk analysis, support and interventions when such behavior does occur. Best practice guidelines for a comprehensive approach to addressing this issue were also explored. Download the presentation here and view questions and answers.
Audience: School administrators, professional and certified staff, guidance counselors, school climate team and social workers.

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 Connectedness

Fostering School Connectedness: Staff Development Program
The purpose of this program is to provide teachers and other school staff with an introduction to the concept of school connectedness. This guide provides the step-by-step procedures, activities, materials, resources, and PowerPoint presentations (with facilitator narrative and notes) needed to implement two versions of the staff development program: (1) Overview of School Connectedness and (2) Action Planning for School Connectedness, which includes and augments the Overview of School Connectedness. In addition, the guide includes an e-mail template for informing school staff and promoting the availability of the Fostering School Connectedness Staff Development Program.
Audience: District Administrators, School Administrators, School Support Staff

 

School Connectedness: Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors Among YouthThis brief includes six strategies that teachers, administrators, other school staff, and parents can implement to increase the extent to which students feel connected to school.
Audience: School Administrators, School Support Staff, Families, Communities

 

Fact Sheets on Fostering School Connectedness
These fact sheets for parents and families, school districts and school administrators and teachers and other school staff answer questions about school connectedness, and identify strategies that school districts, administrators, teachers and other school staff, and parents and families can use to foster it among their students.  


School Connectedness: Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors Among Youth
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created excellent resources on School Connectedness- including a guide on strategies to foster school connectedness, fact sheets for administrators, school staff, and parents and a staff development powerpoint and facilitator’s guide

 

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.

 

Three Bold Steps for School Community Change: A Toolkit for Community Leaders
This tool kit shows how partnerships with people from different parts of a community can create positive, lasting change for students.
Audience: School/District Administrators, School Support Staff  

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.

 

Understanding Teen Dating Violence
This brief provides data and research regarding the prevalence and impact of teen dating violence, and highlights available resources to assist communities to address this public health problem.

Youth Violence Prevention

STRYVE Online Training
This training is designed to help individuals, groups, organizations, and communities become acquainted with the key concepts and strategies of youth violence prevention. It includes three parts: (1) Understand Youth Violence, (2) The Public Health Approach, and (3) Create Your Plan.
Audience: School/District Administrators, School Support Staff, Teachers

 

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