Tips to Help Kids Respect and Accept Diversity

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Tips To Help Kids Respect and Accept Diversity Teaching kids to respect and accept diversity can be a challenge. Our Kids on the Block program has made it one of our top priorities and we have become experts at it! Through the art of puppetry, our educational specialists are able to connect with audiences about important, and sometimes difficult, topics. We understand that not everyone will have the opportunity to benefit from our program, which is why Salimah is here with some helpful … [Read more...]

Distinguishing Between Bullying and Discriminatory Harassment

McGrath Training, McGrath, STARS, Rodger Dinwiddie, civil rights

In 1999, there were exactly 0 (zero) state laws in the United States dealing with bullying. Post Columbine, state legislatures began to develop laws and school districts began to implement polices to address the issue of bullying that was now on the public’s radar screen. Now, 16 years later, there are 49 states with laws; all but Montana have anti-bullying laws. More than half of these laws also address cyberbullying. For the last 7 years the Tennessee Department of Education through the … [Read more...]

The Need for Restorative Practices in Schools

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Now that you have an idea of the field of Restorative Practices (if you missed last week’s post, before you continue reading, check it out first), we can discuss why it is important for schools to start looking at different disciplinary practices and switch to healthier methodologies to repair relationships. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) conducted a Civil Rights Data Collection to determine whether students of certain racial or ethnic groups were disciplined differently than their peers. … [Read more...]

National School Counseling Week – Guest Post

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To welcome National School Counseling week, we wanted to start out with a guest blog post from Debora Finch, a elementary school counselor and counseling educator who has worked closely with our Kids on the Block program. You rock, Debora! Kids on the Block means so much to our school counseling program at Lipscomb Elementary School. Not only does this inspiring character education puppetry program know about the national “School Counseling Week”, but they also want to celebrate it. If … [Read more...]

No Name-Calling Week

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No Name-Calling Week: January 19th-23rd of 2015 No Name-Calling Week was inspired by a young adult novel entitled The Misfits by James Howe. In the book, students organize a “No Name-Calling Day” at their school. This small idea motivated GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing to take the idea and make a powerful statement with it. GLSEN, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and over 40 national partner organizations created the No Name-Calling Week Coalition. In 2004, No … [Read more...]


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