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How to use social and emotional learning to stop bullying

How to use social and emotional learning to stop bullying

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I've been haunted by this story of the South Hadley High School girl who hung herself after 3 months of relentless bullying by her peers. Yesterday, prosecutors announced that nine students were charged with multiple felonies - felonies! The NYTimes story below suggests that this unusually sharp legal response is designed to send a message that bullying - both online and offline - won't be tolerated. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/us/30bully.html We assembled a number of links to help parents, educators and lawmakers in creating a proactive approach to bullying in our schools. If you know of any others, please add them! Michael Pritchard's Lessons from the Heart video: Combining humor and honesty, Pritchard speaks to schools about the effects of bullying and invites kids to share their experiences and insights. It's amazing to watch, esp when he takes his presentations to a tough crowd of urban high school kids. http://www.edutopia.org/michael-pritchard-lessons-heart Emotional Intelligence Overview video: A good overview including examples of programs that teach emotional intelligence - from high school, middle school and elementary schools. Features interviews with Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence and Edutopia blogger, Maurice Elias. http://www.edutopia.org/emotional-intelligence-overview Resolving Conflict Creatively Program Educating the heart is teaching a skill, a tool, to help us solve problems. The RCCC program at Patrick Daly school in Brooklyn gives kids these tools, including skits and role-playing, which help them see that constructive options for resolving conflicts. http://www.edutopia.org/resolving-conflict-creatively-program-video Interview with Daniel Goleman http://www.edutopia.org/daniel-goleman-social-emotional-learning-video The writer of the book Emotional Intelligence makes the case for SEL in schools, recorded at the annual CASEL conference. Here are some articles, too: "She Used to Be Pretty": Schoolyard Harassment Goes Online (Middle school bullying) http://www.edutopia.org/she-used-to-be-pretty Fear Factor: Harassment Hurts http://www.edutopia.org/fear-factor 10 Tips for Creating a Caring School http://www.edutopia.org/10-tips-creating-caring-school Safe Schools Ambassadors Help Keep the Peace on Campus http://www.edutopia.org/safe-schools-ambassadors-peers-antibullying Creating a Safe Place: Lessons on Managing Emotions Pay Off http://www.edutopia.org/social-emotional-learning-across-curriculum

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Andy Wade's picture

You might be interested to see that Massachusetts passed a very strong anti-bullying statute in early May, partly stemming from the Phoebe Snow tragedy and that of another young man the year before. Beyond the usual sanctions, transparency rules, and training -- all very important, obviously, we were pleased that it also had a strong SEL component -- the state will publish SEL impleemntation guidelines within a year. We see this as a good blend of treating the symptons while pressing for the long term cure. We summarized in in our May 25 SEL Exchange newsletter, which also has a link our SEL and bullying prevention link. http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs057/1102502724018/archive/110335122... or go to casel.org

CASEL loves this community Edutopia -- Keep it up!

Jennifer Holcombe's picture
Jennifer Holcombe
After School care at the Austin Discovery School (Challenge School)

I have had a life long problem with bullies in many of my jobs. And every boss that I ever shared this with found a way and a reason to stick up for the adult bully. You can bet, these bullying children are coming by their anger directly from similar parental behaviors at home. It's a strange world we live in. Around 10 years ago when my daughter was in high school she had issues with bullies in school and at her bus stop. The problems were resolved for the most part because I was willing to do everything it took to resolve them, but I met a great deal of "neutral" opposition from her public high school. I assume they were over whelmed by such incidences but I was disgusted by their quasi interest in her safety. All matters were resolved and one child had a record started due to certain incidences. In my teaching experiences I have had to deal directly with school aged children that are bullies and I notice that they are looking for and abusing "power". I try very hard to look deeply at these children and to get to their vulnerable cores. I want both sides to win. I want everyone safe. I want the bullies to find more humane things about themselves. Some bullying children will probably be beyond help as either the abuse at home makes them remain on alert attack (at which instance why isn't counseling offered in schools?) or they have no conscience to appeal to... Each situation is entirely individual but the surrounding adults must remain %150 diligent to protect, understand and steer these children right.

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Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer
Staff

Kati -

Thanks for sharing these great YA novels on bullying. I just came across an article on 50 middle schoolers that decided collaborate on a book called "I Was a Bully ... But I Stopped." Very cool!

[quote]There are also a few YA novels that deal with suicide and bullying that many of my students have read and found influential:

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Am I Blue?: Coming out from the Silence by Marion Dane Bauer

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie[/quote]

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Michelle Parks
Seventh grade English teacher from Westhampton Beach, New York

This summer I took a course called Behavioral, Academic, and Social Interventions for the Classroom (BASIC). We talked about RTI and how we can use proactive, universal interventions to set the tone for students early on in the year. By setting the groundwork, you are educating certain students (who may not realize) about bullying and how to be socially and behaviorally acceptable. It was very interesting, and something I plan to use this year!

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Molly McCloskey
Managing Director of Whole Child Programs at ASCD

The theme for September on ASCD's whole child website (www.wholechildeducation.org) is bullying. Resources and blog posts will focus on the topic throughout the month and a special podcast featuring Kevin Jennings from the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools will be posted Tuesday, September 7th. All the resources on the site are free, so stop by!

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Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer
Staff

Thanks for sharing Molly. I'll be sure to let some of our audience know about it as well on Facebook and Twitter.

Best,
Elana

[quote]The theme for September on ASCD's whole child website (www.wholechildeducation.org) is bullying. Resources and blog posts will focus on the topic throughout the month and a special podcast featuring Kevin Jennings from the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools will be posted Tuesday, September 7th. All the resources on the site are free, so stop by![/quote]

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Jeanne Osgood
Communications Outreach Coordinator at CASEL

Well-implemented SEL can be an important foundation for bullying prevention as it teaches students essential social skills to manage themselves and consider how others feel. CASEL's SEL and Bullying Prevention, a brief at http://casel.org/downloads/2009_bullyingbrief.pdf is a handy reference on the topic. We have to remember that nothing will stop bullying completely, but if groups are already in a mode of communicating and problem-solving together, a foundation is there from which to work more explicitly. That foundation is SEL.

Our most recent newsletter contains a number of references to research and policy about bullying and its prevention. See http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs057/1102502724018/archive/110370828....

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