Students of all backgrounds thrive in a warm and “identity safe” environment where they feel that who they are and what they think are valued. School transformation requires teamwork. Involving students in the process of change can shift the school culture to one where offending or hurting someone else, either in person or online, is not seen as cool and is not tolerated.
This presentation from Not In Our Town is for educators, parents, and caregivers to help support children at home and school by teaching them about bullying, how to stand up to it, and how to get help. Participants will also learn how to support the child who is bullying others, and discovers ways they can help stop and break behavior patterns that lead to further harm.
The presentation will offer:
- Definitions of bullying and bias-based bullying
- Concrete ways to support a child if they have been bullied or are bullying others
- Steps on getting help from the school staff
- Ways to involve the larger community to prevent bullying and bias in your school and community
Becki Cohn-Vargas, EdD, spent over 35 years as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and superintendent in rural, urban, and suburban districts. In each setting, she focused on educational equity and effective strategies for diverse populations. Becki is the co-author of three books on identity safe schools, including the best-selling book “Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn.” In addition, she served as the director of Not In Our School, teaching students to become upstanders who stand up racism, bullying, and all forms of bias. She was hosted at the White House by President Obama’s education staff and has worked in over 150 schools across the U.S. Dr. Cohn-Vargas is currently an independent consultant and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Patrice O’Neill is a filmmaker and CEO of the Oakland-based non-profit strategic media company, The Working Group and leader of Not In Our Town. Her film Not In Our Town began as a half-hour PBS special and turned into a dynamic movement to stop hate and build inclusion in communities across the U.S. and around the world. For twenty years, O'Neill has fostered a network of “Not In Our Town” activists and helped lead screenings and town hall meetings to launch sustainable hate response and prevention efforts. Recognized as a pioneer in impact media producing, O’Neill has focused on stories about people in local communities working together for change.
O’Neill’s team launched NIOT.org a social media resource and film site that provides free tools and guidance to communities about how to prevent hate and Not In Our School which includes anti bullying campaign resources for teachers and students.
O’Neill has presented her films and the Not In Our Town model, sparking anti hate action in Czech Republic, Ukraine, Hungary and Slovakia.
She is currently completing production on Repairing the World: Stories from the Tree of Life.