I am working with two groups on Bullying. The Born This Way Foundation ( by Invitation of Cynthia Germanotta) Lady Gaga's mother and the SITE.org President, Mike Searson (We have a Facebook Grant to develop a Pre-service Curriculum for colleges and universities)..Gathering the the information has taken me to the Symposium at Harvard and two a set of conferences that had so many resources from the government and link to resources that are free. The main site is StopBullying.gov. It was refreshing to hear from the agencies and to get the ideas from juvenile justice, physicians, social workers. How do we help the bullied and how do we treat the bully? Here is a blog that I wrote that tells some of the story of the DC Inii, Federal Partners Initiative http://thepowerofus.org/2012/08/16/preventing-bullying-federal-partners-... I share it here because the students invited at both events were Middle School Students who took an active part in the programs. At the February event, the students worked with Lady Gaga herself. The topics were similar and the BTW foundation was a part of this outreach as well. We also , the adults, participated in discussions and feedback. IT was quite a culturally rich gathering that included health professionals, Juvenile justice perspectives and a contest that is starting for students, videos for community use and understanding and toolkit resources for teachers. The discussion also include what many schools omit and that is the discussion of LGBT students and bullying behavior and students with disabilities. It was a rich experience and a total learning event for me. The BTW foundation funded the Harvard event.
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