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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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Beth Kohlhoff's picture
Beth Kohlhoff
I am a Mom, a full time student,author of a blog Kindergarten Bullies

Thank you everyone who has responded so far! I cannot wait to read through all of this and share the information with my readers. I do try to find scholarly research based information for them and share it in lay terms (if I understand it :) ) Feel free to share there if you like! I think in order to change the climate in our schools/world it will everyone working together all of the time, and I know every here feels the same, it is just "getting the message out" .... Thanks again and any thing else.. I am here!

Beth Kohlhoff's picture
Beth Kohlhoff
I am a Mom, a full time student,author of a blog Kindergarten Bullies

Thank you everyone who has responded so far! I cannot wait to read through all of this and share the information with my readers. I do try to find scholarly research based information for them and share it in lay terms (if I understand it :) ) Feel free to share there if you like! I think in order to change the climate in our schools/world it will everyone working together all of the time, and I know every here feels the same, it is just "getting the message out" .... Thanks again and any thing else.. I am here!

Beth Kohlhoff's picture
Beth Kohlhoff
I am a Mom, a full time student,author of a blog Kindergarten Bullies

Prior to doing what I do now, I spent 7 years working in juvenile corrections. I was disappointed after working the job some time that the system was not what it should be. I did see some really excellents results with Restorative Justice, and i was glad to get an article about restorative practices with preschool. I thought it had some really great ideas and I am anxious to try them with my own children and share with readers. Laura also shared the link to the eforum if anyone is interested http://www.iirp.org/join_eforum.php Thanks everyone for your help!

Tracy Arrowsmith's picture
Tracy Arrowsmith
Social Media Manager at Developmental Studies Center

Developmental Studies Center's research-based Caring School Community(r) (CSC) program provides a comprehensive set of strategies to transform a school's climate. Central to the CSC program are strategies and techniques that are integrated into the fabric of the school day and help students learn to respect differences and appreciate others' viewpoints, build their capacities to work together cooperatively and solve problems in ways that are fair and caring, and build their understanding of, and commitment to, values such as fairness, helpfulness, respect, and personal responsibility.

Through the program's class meeting and buddies components, for example, students learn and practice the skills of respectful listening, explaining one's thinking, confirming that one understands another person's thinking, asking clarifying questions, and supporting one's opinion--a process that helps foster students' understanding of and commitment to respectful interaction and responsible behavior. During regular class meetings, students discuss and establish norms for behavior, periodically reflect on their progress in upholding those norms, and work together to solve problems related to classroom life.
http://www.devstu.org/blogs/2010/02/17/community-building-stopping-bully...

Tracy Arrowsmith's picture
Tracy Arrowsmith
Social Media Manager at Developmental Studies Center

DSC's research-based Caring School Community(r) (CSC) program provides a comprehensive set of strategies to transform a school's climate. Central to the CSC program are strategies and techniques that are integrated into the fabric of the school day and help students learn to respect differences and appreciate others' viewpoints, build their capacities to work together cooperatively and solve problems in ways that are fair and caring, and build their understanding of, and commitment to, values such as fairness, helpfulness, respect, and personal responsibility.

Through the program's class meeting and buddies components, for example, students learn and practice the skills of respectful listening, explaining one's thinking, confirming that one understands another person's thinking, asking clarifying questions, and supporting one's opinion--a process that helps foster students' understanding of and commitment to respectful interaction and responsible behavior. During regular class meetings, students discuss and establish norms for behavior, periodically reflect on their progress in upholding those norms, and work together to solve problems related to classroom life.

http://www.devstu.org/blogs/2010/02/17/community-building-stopping-bully...

Lyle Cogen's picture

I wrote a play called Sticks & Stones that I tour, for upper elementary and middle school students that is based on many true stories from many people. It was commissioned by Tilles Center For The Performing Arts in NY and it was funded by The US Dept. Of Justice.
Its about an internet slam board, youtube, relational agression - exclusion, name calling, rumors. Its the story of a mother and a father, a brother and a sister, a friend who really isn't a friend, and a mean girl.
You can hear the music and see the video at my website, http://www.lylecogen.com

Pamela DeRossitte's picture

Lyle, this is such a great use of the dramatic arts to teach. "Story" has always been the best teacher. I will be sure to check out your website. Thanks for sharing the info ~

Pamela DeRossitte's picture

Tracy -- this is beautiful! Very enlightening to see this kind of caring instruction taking place on such a well developed research foundation. Many accolades. Thanks for providing the info ~

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