Committee for Children Blog

Build, Seek, Learn: A Student’s Connection to School

My first teaching assignment was at a small school in a very poor neighborhood of London where the boys played soccer incessantly out on the paved yard with the high wire fence and the girls hung around the edges talking and watching the boys.… Read More


The Roots of My Advocacy, Part 2

In the mid-1980s, while remaining deeply committed to the Talking About Touching program, Committee for Children began looking into other areas of prevention.… Read More


The Roots of My Advocacy, Part 1

In the mid 1970s, I taught kindergarten to children in a clinical treatment program. These kids had been chronically abused for most of their young lives.… Read More


Book Review: My Secret Bully

by Trudy Ludwig
Reading Level: Grades 1–4

The narrator of My Secret Bully, Monica, doesn’t waste any time. On the very first page, she reveals that she has a secret bully named Katie. And the next sentence sums up the crux of relational aggression, or emotional bullying: “A lot of people would be surprised to know this because they think she’s my…… Read More


Book Review: Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen and Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to His Heart

by Howard Binkow
Reading level: Preschool–Grade 2

Howard B. Wigglebottom is aptly named, in more ways than one. Not only is he too wiggly to listen to friends and teachers, he is also an awesome dancer. Over the course of two picture books by Howard Binkow, readers learn how this spirited bunny learns to be a good listener and to follow his heart and be proud of who he…… Read More


Violence Prevention Activities

Upper elementary and middle school violence-prevention activities (adapted from the Second Step and Steps to Respect programs)

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Book Review: Flying Solo

by Ralph Fletcher
Reading level: Grades 5–8

What happens in a sixth-grade classroom when kids rule? When the regular, beloved teacher is absent, and the sub doesn’t show up? The students have several choices. They could go straight to the principal’s office to report the situation. They could take the Lord of the Flies route and go wild until they are caught. As one of the…… Read More


Book Review: Say Something

by Peggy Moss
Reading level: Kindergarten–Grade 4

The narrator in Say Something is astute and empathic toward the kids in her school who are teased. She watches and wonders about them, picking up on body language that tells her they are sad. She would never make fun of someone the way her schoolmates do. Instead, she feels sorry for them, crosses to the other side of the hall, and…… Read More


Program Sustainability Activities

>Elementary and middle school activities to help foster program sustainment (adapted from the Second Step and Steps to Respect programs)

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