The Dignity Act

A Resource and Promising Practices Guide for School Administrators & Faculty

 

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APPENDIX C: Selected Resources to Assist in the Implementation of the Dignity Act

The State Education Department and the Dignity Act Task Force do not endorse any commercial or for-profit programs.

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Alaska Native Knowledge Network (ANKN)

http://ankn.uaf.edu/Resources/course/ view.php?id=2external link icon

This 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 free lesson plans written by teachers for elementary, middle, and high school by subject and topic. 

 

 

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American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

www.aft.org/yourwork/tools4teachers/ bullying/index.cfmexternal link icon

The AFT represents pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; and nurses and other healthcare professionals.  Bullying is an act that extends beyond the school campus and is prevalent online. The goal of the AFT’s, “See a Bully, Stop a Bully: Make a Difference” program is to raise awareness and provide resources to educators, students and parents.

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American Psychological Association (APA)

www.apa.org/helpcenter/bullying.aspxexternal link icon

The mission of the APA is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve lives.  The web site - Bullying: What Parents, Teachers Can Do to Stop It includes information from Susan Swearer, PhD.

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Anti-Defamation League (ADL): A World of Difference Institute

The ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry through information, education, legislation, and advocacy. ADL serves as a resource for government, media, law enforcement, educators, and the public. The ADL A World of Difference Institute®external link icon provides anti-bias education with curriculum and materials available for pre-K through college, community groups, corporations, religious organizations, and law enforcement.  The program provides teachers with lessons to help students explore prejudice, examine diverse viewpoints, and take leadership roles.

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Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS)

www.brycs.org/clearinghouse/Highlighted-Resources-Bullying.cfmexternal link icon

BRYCS is the Office of Refugee Resettlement's national technical assistance provider on refugee child welfare.  BRYCS assists service providers from refugee resettlement agencies, as well as child welfare and schools, and ethnic community based organizations. 

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Brown University

www.alliance.brown.edu/tdlexternal link icon

"Teaching Diverse Learners" was developed as part of the National Leadership Area for the Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory (LAB), a program of the Education Alliance at Brown University. The goal is to help teachers work effectively and equitably with English language learners (ELLs) by providing access to research-based information, strategies, and resources for addressing the concerns of ELLs in the classroom and beyond.

 

 

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California Department of Education

http://chks.wested.orgexternal link icon 

The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is the largest statewide survey of resiliency, protective factors, and risk behaviors in the nation.

 

 

 

 

 

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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.htmlexternal link icon

The CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health web page on LGBTQ youth and bullying includes advice and resources on how teachers and school administrators can prevent bullying in schools, and what parents can do to support their children. 
www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/youth.htmexternal link icon

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City College of San Francisco

www.ccsf.edu/Resources/Toleranceexternal link icon

This site offers lessons that promote tolerance, justice, and a deeper appreciation of differences. There are additional links to other tolerance resources.

 

 

 

 

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Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

http://casel.orgexternal link icon

CASEL’s mission is to establish social and emotional learning as an essential part of education.

 

 

 

 

 

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Common Sense Media

www.commonsensemedia.org/ educators/cyberbullying-toolkitexternal link icon

A nonprofit organization, offers a free Digital Literacy & Citizenship Curriculumexternal link icon to help educators empower students to be safe. Common Sense provides online access to videos, discussion guides, tip sheets, and presentations to share with parents to reinforce classroom learning.  It offers Standing up, Not Standing By: A Free Cyberbullying Toolkit for Educators.

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Connect Safely

www.connectsafely.orgexternal link icon

ConnectSafely.org is for parents, teens, educators, advocates - everyone engaged in and interested in the impact of the social Web.   ConnectSafely.org also has all kinds of social-media safety tips for teens and parents, the latest youth-tech news, and many other resources.

 

 

 

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Cyberbullying Research Center

www.cyberbullying.usexternal link icon

Provides up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyber bullying among adolescents.  Research on cyberbullying is discussed in blogs, videos, and publications.

 

 

 

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Facing History and Ourselves

www.facinghistory.org/resources/external link icon

Facing History and Ourselves delivers classroom strategies, resources and lessons that inspire young people to take responsibility for their world. Internationally recognized for its quality and effectiveness, Facing History supports  schools in New York City. The websiteexternal link icon contains resources and tools for teachers and students. 

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Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Education Network (GLSEN)
www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/educator/index.htmlexternal link icon

(educator resources)

GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender (including gender identity) identity/expression. The web site includes lesson plans, curricular tools, information on teacher training and more.  Join GLSEN's Educators Network mailing list to receive information on new educational resources as they become available, including lesson plans and other materials.

 

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George Washington University: Hamilton Fish Institute

http://gwired.gwu.edu/hamfishexternal link icon

A compilation of research on various aspects of bullying behaviors and results.  Published by the Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence.

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Groundspark: Respect For All Project

http://groundspark.org/respect-for-allexternal link icon

Provides youth and adults who guide their development the tools they need to engage in age-appropriate discussions about human difference, preventing prejudice and building caring communities. The project offers resources for educators and youth-service providers, including award-winning documentary films, high-quality curriculum guides, and a comprehensive workshop series for professionals and community members.

 

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International Bullying Prevention Association

www.stopbullyingworld.orgexternal link icon

The International Bullying Prevention Association (IPBA) supports research based bullying prevention principles and practices in order to achieve a safe school climate, healthy work environment, good citizenship, and civic responsibility.

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i-SAFE

www.isafe.orgexternal link icon

Supported by Congress and federal agencies, i-SAFE is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and empowering youth to safely, responsibly, and productively use information and communication technology (ICT).  i-SAFE’s best practice curriculum for primary and secondary schools is embedded with outreach activities to empower students, teachers, parents, law enforcement, and the community to control online experiences to use the Internet with safety.

 

 

 

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It Gets Better Project

www.itgetsbetter.orgexternal link icon

 ItGetsBetter.org is a site where young people who are LGBT can see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future – and where straight allies can support friends and family members. People can share their stories, take the It Gets Better Project pledge, watch videos of love and support, and seek help through the Trevor Project and GLSEN.

 

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Jamie Nabozny

www.jamienabozny.comexternal link icon

Throughout middle school and high school, Jamie Nabozny was bullied for being gay.  With the help of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund I fought back.  I won a landmark federal lawsuit against my school administrators for failing to stop the harassment.

 

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Kidscape

www.kidscape.org.ukexternal link icon

Agency established to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse. Site provides tips for children, parents, and educators on how to recognize and prevent bullying.  Free downloads.

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Learning to Give

www.learningtogive.org/about/index.aspexternal link icon 

Learning to Give educates youth about the importance of philanthropy, the civil society sector, and civic engagement. The Learning to Give site offers K-12 lessons and resources for teachers, parents, and community leaders free of charge.

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Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth

http://ligaly.orgExternal link icon

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth is a Nassau and Suffolk not-for-profit organization providing education, advocacy, and social support services to Long Island's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth and young adults, and all youth, young adults, and their families for whom sexuality, sexual identity, gender identity, and HIV/AIDS are an issue. Their goals are to empower GLBT youth, advocate for their diverse interests, and to educate society about them.
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Michigan State University (MSU) Library

http://staff.lib.msu.edu/corby/ education/multicultural.htmexternal link icon

The MSU Library is continuously updating their collection of materials which offer suggestions for maintaining a welcoming classroom for all children and showcase best practices in presenting different cultures and diverse perspectives to children.

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Morningside Ctr for Teaching Social Responsibility

www.morningsidecenter.orgexternal link icon

Classroom lessons foster critical thinking on issues of the day and a positive classroom environment. Teachers are free to use these lessons in their classrooms.

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National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)

http://nameorg.org/resources/bullying/external link icon 

NAME is a non-profit organization that advances and advocates for equity and social justice through multicultural education.

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National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

www.nasponline.org/resources/ factsheets/bullying_fs.aspxexternal link icon

The NASP is the premier source of knowledge, professional development, and resources, to empower school psychologists to ensure that all children and youth attain optimal learning and mental health. NASP supports school psychologists to enhance the learning and mental health of children and youth.  Bullying facts for schools and parents highlighting factors that cause people to become bullies and victims, along with preventative options for schools, parents, and community members.

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National Bullying Prevention Center

www.pacer.org/bullyingexternal link icon

www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.orgexternal link icon

www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org/ #/homeexternal link icon

Interactive website to educate kids and teens about bullying. Includes games and articles. 

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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)

 www.netsmartskids.orgexternal link icon (children)

www.nsteens.orgexternal link icon (tweens)

www.netsmartz.orgexternal link icon (teens)

Program created with Internet safety experts at NetSmartz® Workshopexternal link icon, a program of NCMECexternal link icon.  Materials for children, teens, and educators on safe Internet use including, videos, games, and teaching materials. Topics include: Internet safety, chat rooms,   gaming, on-line predators, revealing too much information and cyberbullying.

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NEA's Bully Free: It Starts With Me

www.nea.org/home/ NEABullyFreeSchools.htmlexternal link icon

Bullied students that go it alone because they don’t know who to turn to are far more likely to fall behind in their studies, get sick and/or depressed, miss school, and drop out. And in the most tragic cases, the bullied student commits suicide, or “bullycide,” as it has come to be known. But research tells us that one caring adult can make all the difference in a bullied student’s life.

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National Crime Prevention Council

www.ncpc.org/ search?SearchableText=bullyexternal link icon

Manages the National Citizens Crime Prevention Campaign, McGruff the Crime Dog, and the Crime Prevention Coalition of America. Offers interactive clips for children to address solutions to bullying. Site provides links to articles about bullying.

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National Cyber Security Alliance

www.staysafeonline.orgexternal link icon

Provides free lesson plans to teach students how to safely navigate social networking websites. 

 

 

 

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National Park Service – Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

www.nps.gov/malu/forteachers/ lessonplansandteacherguides.htmexternal link icon

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy of Racial and Social Justice: A Curriculum for Empowerment is a teacher's resource guide that provides activities for students in K-8 to explore the rich history of the civil rights movement and the persona of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The curriculum focuses on building on students' civil rights knowledge and helping them to compare present-day realities to past struggles for justice in America and throughout the world. 

 

 

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National School Climate Center (NSCC)

www.schoolclimate.org/bullybust/ resources/key_resourcesexternal link icon

The NSCC helps schools integrate social and emotional learning with academic instruction; enhances student performance; prevents dropouts; reduces physical violence and bullying; and develops healthy and positively engaged adults.

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National School Safety Center

www.schoolsafety.usexternal link icon

The National School Safety Center was established as a joint program between the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice.  The Center now operates as an independent non-profit organization serving schools, providing training and technical assistance in the areas of safe school planning and crime prevention.

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Nemours Foundation

http://kidshealth.orgexternal link icon

A nonprofit organization devoted to improving the health of children.   Type “bullying” into search window. Spanish available.

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New York State Center for School Safety (NYSCSS)

http://nyscenterforschoolsafety.orgexternal link icon

The NYSCSS provides technical support and training on a variety of school safety-related laws, including SAVE, VADIR, and the Dignity Act.

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New York State Education Department (NYSED)

www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityactexternal link icon  The Dignity for All Students Act web site.

www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/sedl/ SEDLguidelines.pdfexternal link icon Social/Emotional Development and Learning (SEDL) Guidelines: Developed by NYSED and adopted by the Board of Regents on July 18, 2011. 

www.p12.nysed.gov/technology/ internet_safetyexternal link icon  Guidance on cyberbullying and Internet safety.

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Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

www.olweus.orgexternal link icon

The Olweus Program is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop. 

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OnGuardOnline.Gov

http://onguardonline.gov/topics/protect-kids-onlineexternal link icon OnGuardOnline.gov is the federal government’s website to help you be safe and responsible online. The Federal Trade Commission manages site, in partnership with federal agencies, including the  Department of Education and Department of Justice.

 

 

 

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Operation Respect

www.operationrespect.orgexternal link icon

Operation Respect is a non-profit organization founded by Peter Yarrow to assure each child a respectful, safe and compassionate climate of learning where their academic, social and emotional development can take place free of bullying, ridicule, and violence. It features the Don’t Laugh at Me program/song. There is a grade 2-5 and 6-8 teacher’s guide, after school program, and summer program. There is a conflict resolution curriculum developed by Resolving Conflict Creatively of Educators for Social Responsibility.

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Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)

www.pflag.orgexternal link icon

PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, families and friends through support to cope with an adverse society; education to enlighten the public; and advocacy to end discrimination and secure equal civil rights. PFLAG has education programs, including a 10 Ways you can Make Schools Safer…For All Students web site.

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Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)

www.pbis.orgexternal link icon

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) when applied at the School-wide level is frequently called  School-wide Positive Behavior Support. (SWPBS). SWPBS refers to a systems change process for an entire school or district. The underlying theme is teaching behavioral expectations in the same manner as any core curriculum subject.

 

 

 

 

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Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

http://pbskids.org/itsmylife//parents/ resources/bullies.htmlexternal link icon

Public television and radio stations in New York State are chartered by the Board of Regents and are therefore institutions within the University of the State of New York.   This site includes a variety of bullying resources.

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Queering Education Research Institute  (QuERI)

www.queeringeducation.orgexternal link icon

QuERI is an independent think-tank, qualitative research and training center affiliated with Syracuse Universityexternal link icon.  The purpose of QuERI is to bridge the gap between research and practice in teaching LGBTQ students and the creation of LGBTQ youth-affirming schools and programs.

 

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Relational Aggression

http ://relationalaggression.com/ index.htmlexternal link icon

RelationalAggression.com discusses the emotional and psychological side of bullying. Contributors post blogs and articles associated with relational aggression.  The program was developed by Laura Martocci, Ph.D. who currently teaches Sociology at Wagner College. 

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Rutgers University

http://comminfo.rutgers.edu/professional-development/childlit/Bullying.htmlexternal link icon

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education.   Children's literature cannot resolve such problems, but well-told tales can help young people deal with the situation.

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Safety Web

www.safetyweb.comexternal link icon

This program is behind the SafetyWeb Online Tracker (SWOT) service that is used by law enforcement nationwide to assist in the search of missing children. An Internet monitoring service for parents that makes it easier to protect the reputation, privacy, and safety of kids online.

 

 

 

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Sesame Street

www.sesamestreet.org/parents/ topicsandactivities/topics/bullyingexternal link icon 

Bullying is a problem many children will face as they grow up. Watch the Good Birds Club with your child to begin a conversation about bullying. Additionally, watch the Happy to Be Me Anti-Bullying Discussion videos for more about recognizing and preventing bullying.

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Southern Poverty Law Center – Teaching Tolerance

www.teachingtolerance.orgexternal link icon

Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Centerexternal link icon, Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children.  The Teaching Tolerance Program provides classroom activities for grades K – 12 on a variety of topics including but not limited to becoming an ally, freedom, ageism, discrimination, bias, sexism, injustice, citizenship, and positive classroom climate.  The lessons integrate these concepts into science, math, social studies, and English language arts. 

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Stop Cyberbulling.Org

www.stopcyberbullying.orgexternal link icon

Wired Kids Inc. provides kid-friendly information on what cyber bullying is, why it happens, and how to prevent it.

 

 

 

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Striving To Reduce Youth Violence (STRYVE)

www.safeyouth.gov/Pages/Home.aspxexternal link icon

 

STRYVE is a national initiative led by the CDC to prevent youth violence before it starts. STRYVE’s vision is safe and healthy youth who can achieve their full potential as connected and contributing members of thriving, violence-free families, schools, and communities.

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Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

www.tanenbaum.org/programs/educationexternal link icon

Tanenbaum confronts religious ignorance and violence with results-oriented programs that reduce hatred and produce real change in the way people think and act.

 

 

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The Lower East Side Tenement Museum

www.tenement.org/ education_lessonplans.htmlexternal link icon

The Tenement Museum preserves and interprets the history of immigration through the personal experiences of generations of newcomers who settled in Manhattan's Lower East Side; forges emotional connections between visitors and immigrants past and present; and enhances appreciation for the profound role immigration has played and continues to play in shaping America's evolving national identity.

 

 

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The Trevor Project

www.trevorproject.orgexternal link icon

The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including a nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community, and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive, and positive environment. The Trevor Project operates three core program areas in order to provide life-saving and life-affirming resources for LGBTQ youth and to create safe, accepting and inclusive environments regardless of sexual orientation or gender (including gender identity.or expression).

 

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U.S. Department of Education – Office of Civil Rights

Guidance Counselor Role in Ensuring Equal Educ. Opportunity

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Office on Women’s Health

www.girlshealth.gov/bullyingexternal link icon

The Office on Women's Health's (OWH) provides guidance to promote health for women/girls via sex/gender-specific approaches.

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/cds/ internet_safety/NCPC/ Stop%20Cyberbullying %20Before%20It%20Starts.pdfexternal link icon

Stop Cyberbullying Before It Starts

http://blogs.usdoj.gov/blog/archives/ 1088external link icon

The Civil Rights Division video addresses bullying and harassment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, and those who do not conform to gender stereotypes of male/female behavior/appearance. The video is the Division’s contribution to the national “It Gets Better” Project, in which gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender adults and straight allies tell youth that life gets better after high school.

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U.S. Government Agencies (Other)

www.stopbullying.govexternal link icon

Provides information from federal government agencies on how kidsexternal link icon, teensexternal link icon, young adultsexternal link icon, parentsexternal link icon, educatorsexternal link icon and others in the communityexternal link icon can prevent or stop bullying.  

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U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

www.ushmm.org/educationexternal link icon

Educational resources for schools.

 

 

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Web Quests

Stop the Hurt (grades 4-6)

A No Bullying Proposal (MS)

Bye-bye Bully (grade 4)

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Welcoming Schools

www.welcomingschools.orgexternal link icon

Welcoming Schools is an LGBT-inclusive approach to addressing family diversityexternal link icon, gender stereotypingexternal link icon and bullyingexternal link icon and name-calling in K-5 learning environments. The program provides administrators, educators and parents/guardians with the resources necessary to create learning environments in which all learners are welcomed and respected.  Learning activities address family diversity, gender stereotyping, and bullying.

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