How to use social and emotional learning to stop bullying
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interview with Daniel Goleman
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)
Fear Factor: Harassment Hurts
10 Tips for Creating a Caring School
Safe Schools Ambassadors Help Keep the Peace on Campus
Creating a Safe Place: Lessons on Managing Emotions Pay Off