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Now there is a whole language and lesson plans around bullying prevention. For 20 years the district had materials from the Committee for Children’s Second Step program that talked about empathy and inclusion, but didn’t specifically offer lesson plans on bullying prevention. Two years ago the district purchased updated materials from the same company that it has been using to train staff. Not only are classroom teachers and principals receiving training, but bus drivers and custodians, who might also encounter incidents are included too.

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All students in the Lake Washington School District receive lessons in prevention of bullying and harassment. In grades three through five, students participate in Steps to Respect, a program from the Committee for Children, a global nonprofit group that promotes social and academic success.

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School Dist. 39 runs a program called "Second Step," in which students are taught social and interaction skills and to not engage in any kind of bullying, said Clauson. 'We have an excellent program with our technology teachers where they talk about things like cyber-bullying and electronic forms of inappropriate behavior," she said.

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Middle Schoolers focus progressively on empathy and communication, bullying prevention, emotion management and coping, problem solving, goal setting and decision making, and substance abuse prevention; part of the school’s social and emotional learning program, Second Step, which gives students the tools to achieve success and helps create a safe, respectful learning environment.

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Committee for Children (CFC), a Global Washington member, develops and publishes a teaching curriculum called the Second Step program, which aims to help strengthen children's social and emotional health, a program for students ranging from preschool to middle school. A newer program, the Bullying Prevention Unit, provides schools training and student lessons to prevent and manage bullying. Currently, schools in over 70 countries use Committee for Children's programs, impacting over 9 million children worldwide.

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Second Step was selected by the United Against Violence coalition as the best fit for the community because of its low cost, ease of implementation, positive feedback from schools currently using the curriculum, low staffing requirements, and sustainability.

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Forest Park Elementary School is going beyond academics to help students be successful by implementing the Second Step Program, a character education tool that teaches skills for learning, empathy, emotional management and problem-solving.

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Voices for Victims with Jeff Herman is a weekly web series centered around current events and news stories related to sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, rape, and sexual assault. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney and advocate for victims of sexual abuse, provides his industry expertise and insight to educate viewers, open up the lines of communication, and be a voice for victims.

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The district has been working to develop better anti-bullying programs, said Brad Brown, director of Student and Family Support Services. He's purchased the Second Step Anti-Bullying program, which runs from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. The programs are poised to reduce impulsive and high risk behavior, and were recommended through the district's Anti-Bullying Task Force.

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The Mundelein School District 75 Board of Education is taking a proactive approach to ending and preventing bullying in its schools by introducing a new curriculum program to be implemented in the 2014-15 school year. In May, the board adopted social-emotional learning materials that teachers will use in the classrooms to address bullying called Second Step.

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Oakland Unified School District, an urban district is transforming itself from the inside out, through social-emotional learning (SEL) one adult at a time.

This article first appeared on huffingtonpost.com on May 23, 2014.

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Oakland Unified is transforming its schools by embedding social-emotional learning into the district culture—one adult at a time.

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At increasingly young ages, programs aim to teach children about healthy relationships and create places where parents, teachers, and children feel they can speak up about abuse. The message cannot obscure the fact that adults, not children, are responsible for keeping children safe.

This article first appeared on theatlantic.com on May 1, 2014.

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Prevention Services of Tuscaloosa will host its first "All About Kids" Festival and ninth-annual Sky Lantern Ceremony from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ray C. Jenkins Horse Arena at Munny Sokol Park in Northport in observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month

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We were all in on the secret: Students from Bellevue's Highland Middle School arrived at Safeco Field to help participate in the filming of an anti-bullying campaign starring the Mariner Moose, completely unaware that waiting in the wings to surprise them were hip-hop star Macklemore and Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez.

This article first appeared on SeattleMag.com on April 10, 2014.

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Seattle Mariners All-Star pitcher Felix Hernandez and Grammy Award-winning recording artist Macklemore are joining forces with Seattle area middle schools to help foster a safe and respectful learning environment for all students.  Hernandez and Macklemore launched the #ChangeTheGame campaign on April 10 at Safeco Field by surprising a group of students from Highland Middle School in Bellevue. The students were brought to Safeco Field to be part of an anti-bullying public service announcement with the Mariner Moose. Instead, they were greeted by the real stars of the PSA, Hernandez and Macklemore. 

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An Illinois woman has turned the lessons she learned in her recovery from her own childhood sexual abuse into a nationwide push to pass state laws that require student lessons and teacher training about the issue in public schools. Starting in her home state in 2011, Erin Merryn has successfully pushed for passage of a so-called "Erin's Law" in 10 states, and she expects that number to grow as 26 have considered or are considering similar bills in their 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions.

This article first appeared in EdWeek on April 2, 2014.

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Success in school is not just about reading and math but also about learning social-emotional skills, which include knowing how to learn and how to get along with others. In many D300 elementary schools, Second Step is a social-emotional learning program being implemented in every classroom, every day. Second Step teaches skills to build self-regulation and social-emotional competence, both of which are important for school and life success. Children learn and practice vital skills for listening and paying attention, having empathy, managing emotions, building friendships, and solving problems with others. Currently, Step is being taught universally at the following schools: deLacey, Dundee Highlands, Golfview, Lake in the Hills, Lakewood, Liberty, Meadowdale, Perry, and Parkview. The program includes weekly themes with daily learning activities, using visual aids, puppets, songs, and engaging videos.

Find the story on pages 4 and 5 of The Leader Vol. 9, Issue 3 of 3, Spring 2014.

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A generation or two ago, children who headed to kindergarten arrived with a bouquet of social graces. Raised by stay-at-home mothers in nuclear homes in a more traditional America, by the time they showed up for the first day of school, most young children had learned to share, to say “please” and “thank you,” and much more. Today, a rapidly-changing culture has eroded many of the skills that keep society running smoothly. Teachers find themselves filling roles that go far beyond teaching the alphabet and numbers; they also guide young students in learning to handle their emotions, focus on the task at hand, and be kind to classmates.

This article first appeared in The Leader & Times on October 29, 2013.

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The other week, I visited my alma mater and took note as a Fellow disciplined a student for talking and not paying attention during class. She addressed his behavior by putting him out of the classroom and having him wait in the hallway while she wrote a referral to the principal's office.  I was glad she addressed the off-task behavior. But I couldn't help wondering: Did he really have to miss out on instructional time? What would happen in the principal's office? Was the Fellow choosing her battles wisely?

This article first appeared on The Huffington Post on March, 18, 2014

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Singing together. Telling stories. Playing together. Reading and eating meals together. If you do these things with any regularity with your children, they’ll be more likely to fare better in school. They might even fare better in life. A recent study, published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, focused on how the social- emotional health of children is effected by family environment. Social -emotional health (SEH) is characterized by an ability to understand emotions, express empathy, demonstrate self regulation, and form positive relationships with peers and adults. Having high social emotional health is associated with better academic performance, easier adaption to the school environment and more positive long-term outcomes.

This article first appeared on March 5, 2014 on babycenter.com 

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Can kids learn empathy on an iPad? This is the somewhat unfair but inevitable question surrounding this week’s release of a new tablet game called IF. Designed for 6 to 12 year olds, IF aims to help kids manage their emotions, cope with stress and conflict, even deal with bullies. It comes with big expectations because it’s made by a new company, If You Can, started by Trip Hawkins, a gaming giant who is also the founder of Electronic Arts, the makers of Madden NFL and other sports games loved by my children and probably yours (and maybe by you too).

This article first appeared on February 28, 2014 on Slate.com.

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Educators call it social-emotional learning - skills that ensure students are better learners; better neighbors; better citizens, employees or bosses; and better team players. "These are teachable skills, and everybody can improve upon their skills," said Paul Goren, senior vice president at the Chicago-based nonprofit Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. "Almost all the businessmen and women say, 'We're looking for high competency on the academic side, but we're also looking for team players.' "

This article first appeared on February 23, 2014 in The San Francisco Chronicle.

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One year I had a student who had difficulty getting along with his peers. He would react quickly and intensely, causing most seemingly small moments to escalate at a rapid pace. Unfortunately, it got to a point where other students found it amusing to witness one of these reactions from him, which of course made things even worse. About halfway through the year, we started implementing Second Step and embedding social emotional learning strategies throughout the school day. We practiced a lot of calm-down strategies and problem-solving skills, as well as community-building and empathy activities.

This article first appeared on www.CASEL.org on February 19, 2014

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We all know that bullying is a problem in schools. But now that many students have their own computers and cell phones and are interacting more and more online, they may be at increased risk of exposure to a new form of harassment: cyber bullying.

This article first appeared on SeattlesChild.com on February 11, 2014

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The International Survey Associates today launched a new tool, the Social, Emotional and Bullying Behavior Survey (SEBBS), to help schools determine the frequency of bullying behaviors and gauge the effectiveness of, or need for, intervention or prevention efforts.

This story first appeared on Februrary 6, 2014 in The Seattle Times.

 

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In late September, more than 100 Garfield High School students were busted in the Seattle Arboretum for allegedly hazing or “froshing” freshmen. Mia Doces, who works with a group that trains school districts on anti-bullying policies, says this behavior is an extreme form of peer pressure for both younger and older students.

This story first aired on January 14, 2014 on Q13 FOX News.
 

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On November 24, 2013, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment aired a half-hour radio interview with Committee for Children's Executive Director Joan Cole Duffell and PR and Communications Manager Allison Schumacher. They discussed our work in social-emotional learning, bullying prevention, and child abuse prevention.

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With millions of students returning to schools across the country over the coming weeks, dedicated educators and concerned parents must work together to find a solution to the U.S. bullying epidemic in order to establish safe learning environments for all students.

This article first appeared August 29, 2013 in the Huffington Post at www.huffingtonpost.com.

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Cyberbullying studies are a dime a dozen, but not so for cyberbullying studies about elementary school students. One of the first of its kind was just released. How many 5th graders own a smart phone, again?

This article first appeared July 25, 2013 in the Christian Science Monitor at www.csmonitor.com.

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This story first aired July 22, 2013 on Q13 FOX News at www.q13fox.com.

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One of the four schools Chicago that won't be closing—the district said Wednesday it will shutter a staggering 49 schools—was saved in part because it is considered a model for social-emotional learning.

This article was first published on May 23, 2013 by Education Week.

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Everyone carrying out some kind of social, emotional learning (SEL) or related program encounters a common set of problems while trying to adapt even proven program materials to their unique and often fast-changing reality.

Published April 24, 2013 by Edutopia at www.edutopia.com.

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What happens when a small group of public school staff and parents start talking about preventing sex abuse?

Published March 15, 2013 by Brain, Child Magazine on www.brainchildmag.com

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Changing a culture of hazing in schools takes more than the mere adoption of anti-bullying policies or having students take pledges. It requires making the school environment not just physically but emotionally safer.

Published March 4, 2013 by the Daily Herald on www.dailyherald.com.

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Seattle-based non-profit Committee for Children is joining up with local partners to launch a multimedia bullying prevention campaign that includes a website full of educational tips for parents, kids, and teachers confronting bullying in school, online, and elsewhere.

Published January 25, 2013 by PC Mag magazine on www.pcmag.com.

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Joan Duffell, Executive Director of the Committee for Children and co-chair of the national Social-Emotional Learning Program Provider Council, sat down with ParentMap to provide insight into the benefits of social-emotional learning — and what schools and parents can do to foster these crucial social skills in children.

Published December 4, 2012 by Parent Map magazine on www.parentmap.com

 

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Nearly a year after a documentary exposed the struggles of a bullied Sioux City student, efforts are being ramped up to assure parents that the school system is taking action to address the issues.

Published November 24, 2012 by The Globe Gazette on globegazette.com

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There are excellent reasons for using the correct anatomical terms for our reproductive systems with our children, but for many, there remains a linguistic taboo.

Published November 6, 2012 by The New York Times on www.nytimes.com

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There sure is. And it starts with adults. Because of the anti-bullying legislation in place in many states, schools are under increasing pressure to identify exactly what bullying is.

Posted April 26, 2012 by Rueters Press on reuters.com

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Wrightwood fifth-grader honors the death of 10-year-old Long Beach girl by writing new lyrics to The Cure’s “Lovesong.” She posted a video performance of the song on YouTube over spring break.

Posted March 31, 2012 by Victorville Daily Press on vvdailypress.com

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"As a behavioral health professional I find preventing bullying within schools is crucial to the healthy physical and emotional well-being of our future generation," Kristen Morin writes.

Posted February 25, 2012 by The Portland Press Herald pressherald.com

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A group of students from grades 6 through 8 called "SAY-YES," give their time and talents to bring a positive spirit to their school and community.

Posted December 8, 2011 by Middleboro Gazette on southcoasttoday.com

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Behavioral professionals utilize adolescent brain research to teach children healthier ways of managing their behavior. If we know the basis of such research, perhaps we can better assist youths in learning the social skills that they need.

Posted November 6, 2011 by Midland Daily News on ourmidland.com

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Big Bird, Elmo, Abby and the rest of the Sesame Street gang address the important issue of bullying. This special episode marks National Bullying Prevention Month.

Posted October 16, 2011 by Sesame Workshop pressroom on sesameworkshop.org

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From playground cruelty to the online rumor mill, we're hearing more about bullying than ever, but are we getting better at helping kids and teens cope? TIME looks at the facts behind all those sensational headlines.

Posted September 28, 2011 by Time on time.com

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The Denise Louie Education Center helps its 180 refugee, immigrant, and in-need children gain social-emotional skills through its partnership with Committee for Children.

Posted August 16, 2011, on KING5.com

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Worcester Public Schools have been ahead of the curve for bullying prevention in Massachusetts.

Posted February 4, 2011, on InCityTimesWorcester.org

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Illinois requires all school districts to teach social-emotional skills as part of their curriculum. Cossitt School in La Grange, Illinois, is highlighted in this article.

Posted on October 5, 2011, on ChicagoTribune.com

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Even with bullying and its consequences being front and center in the media, many myths still circulate. Julie Young-Burns of the Minneapolis Public Schools' student support services aims to dispel them.

Posted October 26, 2010, on StarTribune.com

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