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Stand Up with Sammi Hanratty

By Lauren on May 13, 2009

Please take a moment to read and sign the Stand Up to Bullying PLEDGE on bullybust.org. The awareness campaign doesn't begin until later this summer, but when you sign the pledge now, you'll have an opportunity to become a Bully Bust Ambassador (more info to come). Leading the charge is Sammi Hanratty, teen actress and the face behind American Girl's anti-bullying doll, Chrissa. Hit play on the video below to watch a message from Sammi:

Sign the PLEDGE now

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Schools in Action: Crooked Billet Elementary

By Lauren on April 02, 2009

Crooked Billet Elementary is one of several schools in the Hatboro-Horsham School District (Hatboro, PA) that measured their climate for learning with the CSCI last spring.  Now deep in their action-planning phase, the school is doing very creative things to respond to their school climate survey results in order to make their school even better.

One of the school's key CSCI findings was a need for enhancing respect for diversity within the community, as voiced by parents and students.  To speak to this need, Principal Monica Taylor and her leadership team gathered parents and community members together for Acceptance Day, a diversity day designed to promote appreciation for the many differences represented in the school through diverse work stations, puppet shows and more.

Hit play on the video below to watch their excellent example of promoting diversity and student social support:

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Emotional Literacy in K-12 Education

By Lauren on March 16, 2009

Research consistently shows that students with higher social and emotional intelligence do better in school. So, why isn't this a more explicit part of the curriculum?

The New Line Learning Foundation (UK) is doing first-rate work to slay SEL's typecast as the "inessential extra" of K-12 education. They've adapted Emotional Literacy into their schools, a classroom-based pilot program designed by Yale researchers to educate kids about their emotions. Through the program, students learn specific words to describe their feelings, in turn learning how to better understand and label their feelings, and to communicate with each other more effectively.

Here's a short video about Emotional Literacy and how it's shaping up to be a powerful enabler to school success:

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