The Dignity for All Students Act

Assisting districts and schools to build a positive school climate through compliance with The Dignity for All Students Act and further compliance with the addition of cyber-bullying to the law in July 2013. In addition to providing specialized training for certain key positions, our service will support schools through an array of information, resources, and training.


Dignity Act Resources

OCM BOCES CoSer to help schools & districts!

Link to SED resources
Link to Dignity Act Facebook Page
Summary of regulations  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact/lawsandregs.html SED's Preparatory Advice http://p1232.nysed.gov/dignityact/resourceguide.html
Link to Code of Conduct langauge http://p1232.nysed.gov/dignityact/documents/DASACodeofConductGuidance.pdf
Link to sample policy language http://p1232.nysed.gov/dignityact/documents/DASAGuidanceLocalImplementation.pdf

NYSED

  • Educating the Whole Child Engaging the Whole School: Guidelines and resources for Social and Emotional Development and Learning (SEDL) in New York State Part IV SEDL in Action: What SEDL Practice in Schools and Communities Looks Like offers many examples of programs implemented to focus on topics related to a safe school environment free of discrimination and harassment. www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/sedl/SEDLinAction.pdf
  • This NYSED page offers information that will help you choose science based programs aligned with the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFCSA), links for anti-bullying, and positive school environment resources. http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/ssae/schoolsafety/sdfsca/ . Copy and paste website to view.
  • Dignity Act Website: www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact/

General

  • Kidscape - Tips for children, parents, educators about how to recognize, prevent, and intervene to stop bullying. Lots of free downloads. Click on Advice and then select category. www.kidscape.org.uk
  • Kids Health - Type "bullying" into search window. User can elect to hear the articles while viewing the words. Spanish versions also can be selected. www.kidshealth.org
  • National Crime Prevention Center - Type: "bullying" into Topics for Crime. Offers interactive clips for children to try out solutions to bullying situations and get feedback from McGruff the dog. Site provides numerous links to articles about bullying, effects of bullying and successful programs. www.ncpc.org
  • NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) this one is aimed at younger children. www.netsmartzkids.org/
  • NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) in partnership with Sprint.  Materials for 'tweens, teens and educators on safe internet use including videos, games, on-line comics, and teaching materials for educatiors to use. Topics coverd; Basic internet safety, chat rooms, e-mail, INM, gaming, predators, revealing too much personal information and cyberbullying. English and Spanish. www.nsteens.org/
  • Safe Child Coalition - Tips for identifying bullying behavior and what to do if your child is a bully or a victim and bully prevention programs. Site is printed information for free and videos for purchase. www.safechild.org
  • Stop Bullying .gov - Resources for kids, teens, young adults, parents and community. Includes webinars for kids and adults, powerpoints, toolkits information for community work. Information for LGBT youth. www.stopbullying.gov/
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro Website - Type "bullying" into search window of home page for hundreds of articles on the topic. www.uncg.edu
  • Stop Bullying Now has a great, free new resource that graphically displays basic information about bullying.  Could be made into a colorful poster and laminated. http://www.stopbullying.gov/image-gallery/what-you-need-to-know-infographic.pdf

Diversity Literature

  • American Library Association (ALA) The type in search window "bibliography for gay teens." Click on ”Outreach Resources for Services to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People." Two options will be revealed: a bibliography for gay teens list and a link to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) if you select this choice there is a menu on the left and one is the Stonewall Book Award "The first and most enduring award for GLBT books is the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table." There you will find the annual list of book award winners in all categories including the Stonewall Honor www.ala.org
  • Community Resource Best Practices of Youth Violence Prevention: A Sourcebook for Community Action is the first of its kind to look at the effectiveness of specific violence prevention practices in four key areas: parents and families; home visiting; social and conflict resolution skills; and mentoring. www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pub/YV_bestpractices.html
  • Multicultural/Diverse Children Literature - Many resources for culturally diverse literature. Mrs. P site reads famous stories to children. staff.lib.msu.edu/corby/education/multicultural.htm
  • PBS site - Resources By Topic: Bullies resources for kids, parents and teachers. Has varied resources by topic including resource by topic: Bullies resources for kids, parents and teachers. pbskids.org/itsmylife//parents/resources/bullies.html
  • VANDERGRIFT'S CHILDREN'S LITERATURE PAGE (A Rutgers site): Literature in the Lives of Today's Children. On the left hand side of the page are many links to literature of various cultures and subgroups (Native American, Islamic Traditions and Muslim Cultures, Asian-Americans, Female Voices, Sensitive Issues, and many others. comminfo.rutgers.edu/professional-evelopment/childlit/ChildrenLit/index.html
  • Welcoming Schools is a website developed by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation that offers lessons plans and many other resources for educators for addressing all kinds of diversity in families.  Includes bibliographies, kits, and DVD's available at a low cost or free.  http://www.welcomingschools.org/

Sex Education

  • Advocates for Youth - Resources for sex education advice for parents and educators of children of all ages Resources for youth who are LGBTQ, African American, Latin American, general population related to sex education, reproductive health, and contraception and advocacy education. Click on bulleted items (they are not in bold) to open a page of information about each bullet.  English and Spanish www.advocatesforyouth.org

GLBTQI (Gay, Lesbian, BiSexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex)

  • GLSEN - Resources for support for GLBT youth on many issues, including bullying and suicide prevention. www.glsen.org
  • Human Rights Campaign – Working For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights  www.hrc.org
  • Intersex Society of North America - List of support groups arranged by medical condition for parents of intersex children. www.isna.org/support
  • "PFLAG" is Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.  We are a national support, education and advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, their families, friends and allies. Also includes scholarship information, cyberbullying and sex education resources. www.pflag.org
  • Safe School Coalition - Many resources for students, parents and teachers about LGBT www.safeschoolscoalition.org
  • The Trevor Project - Resources for GLBTQ youth and educators. Website states it is the “Leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. www.trevorproject.org
  • Stop Bullying Now -- this government website has specific information and resources aboug LGBT students.
  • http://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/groups/lgbt/index.html

Weightism

Teachers - Lesson plan ideas and strategies

  • Center for Research on Education, Diversity, and Excellence. www.crede.ucsc.edu/
  • Rethinking Schools, www.rethinkingschools.org
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching: Lesson Planning for Elementary and Middle Grades, McGraw Hill Higher Education, www.mhhe.com/catalogs/0072408871.mhtml
  • Jigsaw Classroom links to resources page classroom teachers. "The jigsaw classroom is a cooperative learning technique with a three-decade track record of successfully reducing racial conflict and increasing positive educational outcomes." Provides links at "Links on Cooperative Learning and School Violence" to numerous resources for teaching cooperatively with justice and equality and acceptance. www.jigsaw.org/links.htm
  • New Horizons for Learning, A Culturally Responsive Lesson for African American Students www.newhorizons.org/strategies/multicultural/hanley2.htm
  • School Organization and Curriculum Alaska Standards for Culturally Responsive Schools, This Web site is an illustration of standards developed by Alaska Native educators to provide a way for schools and communities to examine the extent to which they are attending to the educational and cultural well-being of the students. These "cultural standards" provide guidelines or touchstones against which schools and Teachers can access many free lesson plans written by teachers for elementary, middle, and high school by subject and topic. A few samples are of the young people they are responsible for nurturing to adulthood. www.ankn.uaf.edu/standards/standards.html
  • Teaching Diverse Learners, Culturally Responsive Teaching www.lab.brown.edu/tdl/tl-strategies/crt-research.shtml
  • Ways of Knowing: Native Knowledge and Western Science, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory www.nwrel.org/msec/nwteacher/winter2003/resources.html
  • Welcoming Schools includes a guide and an evaluation survey of school climate for k-5 schools; activities for teachers, role definitions for administrators and librarians; bibliography of books for children and additional resources for educators. Learning activities address family diversity, gender stereotyping, and bullying. www.welcomingschools.org
  • Classroom strategies to combat racism
  • Responding to everyday prejudice, bias and stereotyping from Teaching cdna.tolerance.org/sites/default/files/general/Speak_Up_at_School.pdf
  • Curriculum resources for teachers from the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, supported by the Highmark Foundation www.SafeSchools.info
  • Welcoming Schools is a website developed by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation that offers lessons plans and many other resources for educators for addressing all kinds of diversity in families. Includes bibliographies, kits, and DVD's available at a low cost or free. http://www.welcomingschools.org/

Sample Lesson Plans and Webquests Developed by Teachers

Organizations

Parents of Girls

Bullying Prevention Programs

  • Olweus Bully Prevention Program - STOP BULLYING IN SCHOOLS! OCM BOCES has developed a program delivered by highly experienced nationally certified trainers who are dedicated to the prevention of bullying in schools. They use proactive efforts to create a better learning environment for students. Click HERE to view the OCM BOCES School Informational Brochure detailing our efforts to stop bullying in schools.
  • Rachel’s Challenge - A school-based program that uses the life of Rachel Scott, the first person killed at Columbine High School in 1999, as the inspiration for changing student lives and school climate. The assembly program uses video/audio footage of Rachel’s life and the Columbine tragedy to motivate positive change in the ways students treat each other. This is followed by a separate interactive 90-minute training session involving adults and student leaders that shows how to sustain the momentum created by the assembly. In the evening a Rachel’s Challenge speaker conducts a session with parents and community leaders and asks them to reinforce the positive decisions their teens are making. Info: 1-877-895-7060 or visit www.rachelschallenge.org.
  • Safe School Ambassadors (SSA) - A research-based program that is student-centered and focuses on changing social norms for students in grades 4-12. The program emphasizes bullying and violence prevention. SSA identifies and selects student leaders from diverse groups on campus and forms them into a team of SSA who are trained and willing to intervene to prevent or stop mistreatment of students when they see it. Info: contact Community Matters at (707) 823-6159 or www.community-matters.org.
  • Building Assets - Reducing Risks (BARR) is a research-based school-based prevention program designed to decrease the incidence of substance abuse, academic failure, truancy, and other disciplinary incidents among high school students. The curriculum consists of 33 sequential, 30-minute group activities delivered weekly throughout the school year by teachers and/or school staff. There are 10 general content areas, including bullying. Schools that implemented BARR showed a decline in bullying by boys compared to a comparison group that did not receive the intervention. School connectedness also increased after the intervention. Info: call or email Phil Rose at (800) 888-7828 or philr@search-institute.org.
  • Bully Free - Program developed by A.L. Beene, PhD.

Bullying

  • Stopbullying.gov is an official US Government website managed by the Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the Department of Education and the Department of Justice.
  • www.ocmboces.org/tfiles/folder390/BULLYING%20OVERVIEW.pdf - Link to Juvenile Justice Bulletin - Overview of Bullying.
  • www.42explore2.com/bully.htm - Basic information for students on bullying plus links, webquests and activities.
  • www.air.org/cecp/school_violence.htm - Articles and publications to print out on school violence.
  • www.library.thinkquest.org/TQ0312169/intro/html - A site for students by students on bullying aimed primarily at middle school students. Sections: Types, Reasons, Test, Rules, Aware!, Stop!, Stand Up!, Posters, and Resources.
  • www.antibullying.net/ - a site for studnets, parents and teahcers with excellent information on bullying. The Young People section has several characters who "discuss" bullying. The School Staff section has information sheets and a reading list.
  • www.melissainstitute.org/documents/BullyingMythsQuiz.pdf - A quiz for junior/senior high studnets on bullying.
  • www.nytimes.com/learning/general/specials/schoolviolence/index.html - An indepth examination of school violence from the New York Times includes News Summaries, A Web Guide (links), and Lesson Plans.
  • http://www.svrc.net/ - School Violence Resource Center - Check out the Resource Library for Fact Sheets, Articles, Briefing Papers and more.
  • www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/conflict/index/html - Out on a Limb - A Guide to Getting Along. A site for studnets about conflict and bullying. Follow the animated story.
  • www.rhlschool.com/violenceprev.htm - Links on violence prevention.
  • www.cln.org/themes/youth_violence.html - Youth Violence Theme Page. A page of links to sites about violence in teens.
  • www.cybersnitch.net/schoolviolencewatch.htm - The School Violence Watch Network. - "A free comprehensive web based communication system and information exchange repository that was created to assist school administrators, teachers and law enforcement officials to quickly and efficiently deal with threats and rumors of violence, bullying, or drug abuse occurring within schools. This system can potentially reduce or prevent all violent activities that threaten students and educators worldwide."
  • www.dontlaugh.org/ - Operation Respect - Don't Laugh At Me - "Operation Respect is a non-profit organization working to transform schools, camps and organizations focused on children and youth, into more compassionate, safe and respectful environments....To this end, Operation Respect developed the Don't Laugh at Me (DLAM) programs, one for grades 2-5, another for grades 6-8 and a third for summer camps and afer-school programs. All of these programs utilize inspiring music and video along with curriculum guides based on the well-tested, highly regarded conflict resolution curricula developed by the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP) of Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR)." These materials can be ordered free of charge by teachers and others.
  • http://www.violencepreventionworks.org/public/index.page -- This is the website for Violence Prevention Works maintained by Hazelden publishing.  On this page you can access the most recent report that gives statistics about bullying in schools across the nation (2012).

Cyberbullying:


 

Bullying Prevention Tips for Administrators

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