A Quick Start Guide
The Not In Our School (NIOS) Quick Start Guide will help you mobilize students to be “upstanders” who take action to stand up for another and create a climate that reflects the values of safety, respect, and inclusion. It highlights innovative solutions to bullying and intolerance, and presents activities that have been successfully implemented in schools and may be viewed in videos with lesson guides at notinourschool.org.
School needs to be a place where students discover their identities, and where each student feels that a unique identity is an asset to him or her—and to the world. They need to feel emotionally comfortable in a warm and "identity safe" environment where stereotypes and stereotype threat (the fear of being judged by a negative stereotype) are addressed. Efforts to build empathy and involve students in the process of change can shift the school culture to become a warm, caring environment where bullying is much less likely to occur.
For additional information on how to start at Not In Our School club, click here.