Last week I got a call from a guidance counselor at a middle school in Cincinnati. "We are having a lot of problems since the election," she said. We're looking for something to help us get our students' attention about bias and bullying. Can you tell me about your films?"
After a little more conversation I learned that the harassment was centering on the students who are first generation immigrants, so I told her about Let's Get Real and the activity in our curriculum guide around racial and ethnic slurs. "Perfect," she said.
As we look toward Donald Trump taking office next month, we are bracing ourselves for a storm of new challenges in our school communities.
Using our films to train suicide prevention counselors in Georgia this year.
Our donors help us support guidance counselors and teachers all over the country, and oftentimes in other nations as well.
Your support will enable us to provide free streaming of all of our Respect for All Films next month in conjunction with No Name Calling Week. We anticipate hundreds of schools will come into contact with our films and curriculum guides for the first time.
Your support helps us respond when schools reach out to us for professional development to help their staff address bias-related bullying and suicide prevention more effectively—like the work we did in Georgia this past year with all the suicide prevention staff at the state's colleges and universities or the district-wide training we did in the San Diego public high schools about gender and sexuality pressures.
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P.S. We have come very far in our campaign to inculcate the values of the Respect for All Project into our school communities. Help us stay strong in 2017, regardless of who is in control of the White House.
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