Bullying Information: New Law; Great Resource. What Should We Include in this Year’s Event?

Last year, Jo Ann Freiberg, Consultant of School Climate, Bullying and Character Education for the CT Department of Education, addressed our CAIS Bullying event and help a wide variety of educators, K-12, how to come to terms with this current and complex issue. Because she travels the state weekly giving talks on the subject She was fluent with this topic, and her expertise allowed her to address specific CAIS questions as they emerged in her talk. She responded to specific matters with insightful answers about the law as well as reliable and illuminating accounts and cases. One of her recommendations was for schools to change the language around how they talk about acts of meanness. The term bullying is sometimes detrimental to doing something about the problem. The opportunity is to create safe spaces for all children and for schools to proactively understand and improve upon school climate. She encouraged educators to pass along a maxim: “If it’s mean, intervene.” Everyone knows and understands what mean is. Mean is the gateway to bullying. Teach kids what mean looks like, sounds like, and feels like. Teach them to self-advocate. If it’s mean, then address it. Take the word bullying out of all the school literature. Moving forward, we need to help schools get where they need to go (focus on school climate) rather than focusing on behaviors that need to be extinguished.  Check out the CAIS Wiki page for the event: http://cais-bullying.wikispaces.com/

Here’s a link to Jo Ann’s resources about bullying and school climate: http://www.joannfreiberg.com/joannfreiberg.com/Helpful_Links.html

Here’s a link to the new CT legislation: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2700&Q=322402

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About bsullivan35

I am an English teacher working with great students at an independent school in Ct.
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