Our main goals are:
- To create a respectful, inclusive and safe learning environment and community
- To build understanding of the value and benefits of diversity
- To improve intergroup relations
- To eradicate anti-Semitism, racism and all forms of bigotry
- To encourage personal responsibility in the promotion of justice and equity
A recent School Climate Survey, we conducted with PDE and the BVIU indicated 72.6% of our 610 students feel that peers are teased/picked on at school; 54.6% of students felt race, religion and other personal characteristics were often the basis of the teasing/bullying. Safe and respectful school environments are essential for student learning. Participation in anti-bias education training, members of the school community are better equipped to develop and maintain respectful and inclusive learning environments. Student participants volunteered to be part of our OLWEUS Anti-Bullying committee, which was recently formed. They have already received training from Sandy Hook Promise’s “Say Something.” These students have expressed a desire to become peer mediators and school leaders to assist in improving our school environment and increase feelings of acceptance among students.
The Anti-Defamation League training will include:
- Introduction and warm-ups,introduction and establish agreed-upon ground rules for discussion.
- Personal and Cultural Identity activities
- Understanding the Language of Bias
- Examining Bias activities
- Challenging Bias activities
- Assessment activities and action planning
Additionally, we plan to meet weekly with our students after school during club/activity time to continue programmatic changes within our school and to create a more inclusive environment. The culminating event will be a school wide assembly planned and facilitated by our OLWEUS Student Leadership Team. The assembly will include a Wheelmill professional BMX presentation on anti-bullying and inclusion.