Last spring, I saw the crushing documentary Bully and was moved to host a community meet up around the issue. Parents, principals, teachers and concerned community members participated in our discussion about the bullying epidemic and what we could do to make a difference. This is an issue that is near and dear to my heart.
I am delighted that Joined in Education, a local non-profit collaboration between Charlotte Jewish Day School, Charlotte Jewish Preschool and the Jewish Preschool on Sardis, to bring renowned speakers to our city on matters of education. On Tuesday January 15th, they present Lee Hirsch, director of the documentary Bully. The event kicks off a program lasting through Wednesday, January 16th.
The symposium is designed to educate and rally the community to help alleviate bullying. I will lead a roundtable discussion during the January 16 luncheon entitled “Making Middle School Nicer: Creating a Culture of Positive Social Leadership.” I will also lead a breakout seminar that afternoon entitled “Middle School Madness.”
At the roundtable discussion, I’ll present and discuss research from a 2011 Department of Justice survey on bullying showing the importance of positive learning environments on academic achievement. We’ll also discuss social skills-building approaches for teens that the DOJ recommends as necessary in anti-bullying efforts. These skills are taught in my school and summer camp social education curriculum, Athena’s Path and Hero’s Pursuit.
During my afternoon seminar, I’ll help make sense of what’s going on in the brains and the social lives of middle school teens, including:
- the importance of resilience in middle school and how to build that in teens
- the number one fear of middle schoolers and how parents and teachers can help
- communication, motivation and discipline – what works and what doesn’t
- how to teach teens to be their own problem solvers and how that helps them defend against bulling
I’m proud that Charlotte is a big and bold enough city to take a strong stand against social issues, and I’m happy to help our community address the bullying problem that wreaks havoc on the fragile emotions of young teens.
Please join me at the symposium. Click the image below for more information.