Fun and Engaging Anti-Bullying Curriculum for Grades 5-9
Incorporating anti-bullying messages and initiatives into your school is not always easy, and we know that there is a distinct lack of quality materials available that will truly help create the school climate you seek and need. That’s why we are so excited to introduce a new web-based curriculum “Stand Up Say No to Bullying.”
Address School Climate and Culture
Research strongly supports that the best way to prevent bullying in schools is to create the type of school climate where it is least likely to occur. Clearly, addressing school climate in a comprehensive and systemic manner is imperative in promoting academic excellence and creating safe and supportive school environments.
Web-Based Anti-Bullying Curriculum
Over a year ago, the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association was approached by the producer of an award-winning movie, Contest, which aired on the Cartoon Network and deals with bullying in an entertaining and thoughtful manner. Shortly following its on-air premiere, we were asked to develop educational materials to help send an important message to students in grades 5-9, “Stand Up Say No to Bullying.” This new curriculum can be used independently or after viewing the movie. These lessons help schools set clear expectations for student behavior when it comes to dealing with both bullying and normal social conflict.
Be an Upstander, Not a Bystander
Educators spend a significant amount of time dealing with conflict among students. The Stand Up Say No to Bullying curriculum helps to build a consistent language and a consistent approach to dealing with conflict across a school community. Using clips from the movie, the voices of actors and real students and engaging classroom activities, the curriculum sends a strong message — bystanders need to embrace their power as “Upstanders” and share responsibility for creating a positive school climate.
Fun and Engaging Curriculum
The flexible curriculum includes five basic lessons with activities that have students rewriting scripts, acting out scenes, and discussing and reviewing video clips and scenarios designed to elicit student participation. Students will learn the following:
· To identify the elements of bullying
· To distinguish bullying from normal conflict
· The positive and negative impact of bystanders
· How to be an “upstander”
· The specific tools to use when witnessing bullying or when engaged in normal conflict
· The importance of real friendships
Check out a Preview
Perhaps the best way to understand how you could use this curriculum to improve the climate in your school is to take a look at the www.standupsayno.com web site so you can learn more about the various modules in the curriculum. There is even a preview page that will give you free access to a few of the video clips, objectives and handouts that are included in the modules.
The one-time cost for a school license, which allows all the teachers in your building to access the entire curriculum, is only $550 and can be purchased at standupsayno.com. If you are interested in learning more about this great opportunity or have questions regarding how you can use the Stand Up Say No to Bullying curriculum, please contact Barbara Gantwerk, FEA’s Coordinator of Special Projects, at 609-860-1200.