Assistant Superintendent Nolin Speaks on Panel Concerning Fostering Empathy and Action in Schools: A Conference to Counter Bullying and Homophobia in Schools

Ms. Nolin will speak at a conference sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves http://www.facinghistory.org/, an organization that combats racism, anti-semitism and prejudice and nurtures democracy through programs world wide.

The agenda includes:

Fostering Empathy and Action in Schools: A Conference to Counter Bullying and Homophobia in Schools
October 8, 2013
9:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.

Location: Cambridge School of Weston
45 Georgian Road
Weston MA

 

8:30 – 9:30 REGISTRATION, BREAKFAST &  INFORMATION TABLES  

(Mugar Center for the Performing Arts)

 

9:30 – 10:30 Welcome and Opening Panel (Mugar Center for the Performing Arts)

Panelist Include:

 

Rui Gomes, Dean of Students at the TechBoston Academy Boston Public School. TechBoston Academy is a student-centered learning environment where technology is the bridge that connects a student to their learning experience. The High School and Middle School Curriculum is college preparatory and project-based. TechBoston Academy is a member of the Facing History and Ourselves Innovative School Network

Julie Johnstone, Assistant Head of School for Internal Affairs at The Cambridge School of Weston. The Cambridge School of Weston is a co-educational, day and boarding independent school for students in grades 9 to 12 and post-graduate. The Cambridge School of Weston’s mission is to provide a progressive education that emphasizes deep learning, meaningful relationships and a dynamic program that inspires students to discover who they are and what their contribution is to their school, their community and the world.

 

Anna Nolen, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning & Innovation for the Natick Public Schools and Instructor at Educational Leadership Institute.  Nolen is featured on the Facing History and Ourselves on-line module Bullying: A Case Study in Ostracism.

Richard Weissbourd, psychologist and lecturer in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and author of The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children’s Moral and Emotional Development.                                                               

 

10:45- 12:15 Morning Conference Sessions

(Please register for one session for the morning and one for the afternoon)

                           

“Ostracism Incident: A Case Study of Middle School Bullying” (Stephanie Richardson)

(Recommended for Middle School community members)

This session participants are introduced to the Facing History and Ourselves interactive website that explores issues of bullying and ostracism by looking at a real life incident that occurred at a middle school.  What started as a small event quickly turned into a serious situation.

 

“Using film as a Catalyst for Change: Strategies for using the film “Bully” (Jeremy Nesoff)

(Recommended for High School communities)

The film BULLY provides a compelling and tragic portrait of the consequences of bullying in our society. Like the phenomenon of bullying itself, the film is direct and hard-hitting. Through the power of individual stories, the film aims to be a catalyst for change in the way we deal with bullying as parents, teachers, children, and society as a whole. The purpose of this session is to introduce the guide to the film.  The guide is designed to help adult and student audiences confront the stories told in the film and explore their meaning and resonance for their schools and wider communities.   

“That’s So Gay”- Confronting Bullying and Homophobia” (Denny

Conklin and former student Aner Martino)

Facing History and Ourselves helps teachers and students recognize the impact of their voices and choices in creating or perpetuating a culture that supports all students.  This session will explore the connection between homophobia and bullying while examining the larger question of “what do we do with a difference?”  Participants will be invited to share their experiences in confronting homophobia in their schools as well as measures they have put into place to create communities that welcome all students.  Student stories and experiences will also be integrated throughout this session.   

 

“Facing History Case Studies: Common Language, Common Stories”

(Laura Tarvares and Karen Langlais, educator and Facing History and Ourselves Teacher Advisory Member)

One of the most effective ways to identify and discourage bullying behavior comes from the power of shared language and shared stories. In this session, we will explore how Facing History and Ourselves resources can deepen students’ awareness of social issues in the context of literature and social studies curricula, preparing them for the moral choices they face every day in their own lives.

“Identity, Social Media and Bullying” (Deb Chad)

This session will introduce participants to how Facing History and Ourselves can support educators to teach students about creating a positive vision for their online presence and to ensure every kid graduates with a footprint to be proud of.   We will engage participants in discussions about creating cultures of kindness and respect as the basis of anti-bullying.

 

12:30 LUNCH

(School Cafeteria)

 

1:30 -3:00 Conference Sessions

 

“Using film as a Catalyst for Change: Strategies for using the film “Bully” (Jeremy Nesoff)

(Recommended for High School communities)

The film BULLY provides a compelling and tragic portrait of the consequences of bullying in our society. Like the phenomenon of bullying itself, the film is direct and hard-hitting. Through the power of individual stories, the film aims to be a catalyst for change in the way we deal with bullying as parents, teachers, children, and society as a whole. The purpose of this session is to introduce the guide to the film.  The guide is designed to help adult and student audiences confront the stories told in the film and explore their meaning and resonance for their schools and wider communities.   

“Identity, Social Media and Bullying” (Deb Chad)

This session will introduce participants to how Facing History and Ourselves can support educators to teach students about creating a positive vision for their online presence and to ensure every kid graduates with a footprint to be proud of.   We will engage participants in discussions about creating cultures of kindness and respect as the basis of anti-bullying.

 

“Facing History Case Studies: Common Language, Common Stories” (Laura Tarvares and Facing History and Ourselves Teacher Advisory Member)

One of the most effective ways to identify and discourage bullying behavior comes from the power of shared language and shared stories. In this session, we will explore how Facing History and Ourselves resources can deepen students’ awareness of social issues in the context of literature and social studies curricula, preparing them for the moral choices they face every day in their own lives.

 

“Ostracism Incident: A Case Study of Middle School Bullying” (Stephanie Richardson)

(Recommended for Middle School community members)

This session participants are introduced to the Facing History and Ourselves interactive website that explores issues of bullying and ostracism by looking at a real life incident that occurred at a middle school.  What started as a small event quickly turned into a serious situation.

 

 

3:15 Debriefing and Next Steps

 

4:00 Conference Ends

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One thought on “Assistant Superintendent Nolin Speaks on Panel Concerning Fostering Empathy and Action in Schools: A Conference to Counter Bullying and Homophobia in Schools

  1. This looks like an amazing workshop!

    I hope there will be an opportunity for you to share information from this with the community and for you to work with SPARK Kindness and the Administration so that we can build our current work and expand the scope with the information you have and other that will be shared.

    I would have loved a front row seat!

    You will be great!

    Karen

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