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In BULLY, filmmaker Lee Hirsch graphically portrays the tragedy of bullying to catalyze everyone to be part of the solution. The BULLY Educator DVD & Toolkit, which includes Not In Our School videos and resources, is now available for pre-order.  Hirsch recently won the the Stanley Kramer Award of the Producers Guild of America. According to 2013 PGA Awards Chair Michael De Luca, “BULLY sparked a movement, sparked a shift in consciousness and rallied people of all ages to stand up against intolerance and hate. It’s a film that I believe Stanley Kramer himself would applaud and we’re thrilled to recognize it with this honor.”  By Lee Hirsch
                                         By Rachel EzrolLeaving home for Emory University, I expected to satisfy my pre-med requirements, study for the MCAT, apply to med school, and begin this cookie-cutter process once again as an admitted medical student four years later. 
Jump to resources by theme:  Anti-Bullying Stop Hate Cyberbullying Bridging Differences LGBTQ School Climate Education Hotlines Official Legal & Law Offices  ANTI-BULLYING The Bully Project Launched with the film Bully, the Bully Project highlights solutions that both address immediate needs and lead to systemic change to combat bullying. Cartoon Network Cartoon Network’s anti-bullying program, Stop Bullying: Speak Up, focuses on spreading the word about bullying awareness and prevention. Their website has educational videos and games for students, and useful guides and tips for educators and parents.
Online Professional Development Opportunities for Educators Create a Plan to End Bullying and Intolerance in Your School and Community Not In Our School: Strategies to Address Bullying and Intolerance by Creating Safe, Inclusive, and Accepting Schools, a 2-unit online course offered through the University of San Diego, gives educators and administrators tools for preventing and addressing bullying, and supporting a positive, identity-safe school climate.  This course can be taken individually or as part of the University of San Diego Bullying Prevention in Our Schools Certificate program.        Instructor: Becki Cohn-Vargas, Ed.D., Not In Our School Director
By Matthew Tullis, Project Director for Safe Schools/Healthy Students in Marshalltown, IA Originally published by the Iowa Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development  The city of Marshalltown understands the importance of collaboration. For years the community and its school district have risen to embrace challenges and work together. In the spring of 2012, Mike Schlesinger, Publisher and General Manager of Marshalltown Newspaper, LLC, gathered key community leaders together to address the issue of bullying and hate. Based on a common concern about tragic consequences resulting from bullying that have been reported in Iowa and across the nation, Marshalltown decided immediately to be proactive and spread a common message that this type of behavior is not acceptable in our town.
Upstander Spotlight: Queen Creek High School Football Team Chy Johnson, a 16-year-old student with a genetic brain disorder, was being relentlessly bullied at Queen Creek High School in Arizona and would come home in tears every day. Her mother reached out to Carson Jones, the starting quarterback of the school’s football team, for help. Carson could have simply reported the bullies to his coach or principal, or even ignored the request altogether. Instead, he went above and beyond, inviting Chy to eat lunch with him. Now, Chy eats lunch with Carson and the rest of the football team every day, and goes to every football game to support “her boys.” We admire how Carson and his teammates defied the social restraints of high school to help a bullied student.   Upstander Spotlight: Giants Pitcher Sergio Romo – “I just look illegal.”
Mix It Up Day at Lunch Day—an annual event hosted by Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program—was recently called a “nationwide push to promote the homosexual lifestyle in public schools” by The American Family Association. The AFA is an anti-gay evangelical group that is asking parents to keep their children home on Oct. 30 to avoid Mix It Up Day activities, according to the New York Times. This week, Not In Our Town Executive Producer Patrice O’Neill spoke with Teaching Tolerance director Maureen Costello about the controversy and why activities like Mix It Up Day pave the way for accepting and safe schools. Patrice O’Neill: What’s the idea behind Mix it Up Day?
Not In Our School "Put Yourself On The Map" Contest!  Enter below to win the raffle. Receive a Weatherproof NIOS Anti-bullying Banner with your school name on it!You are just steps away from affecting change in your school and community, and receiving an Amazon Gift Card! We’ve made the process simpler. It takes just 2 minutes to enter! Not In Our School (NIOS) is calling on educators, students, and community members to enter the NIOS Put Yourself on the Map Contest! The NIOS Map highlights where groups are taking action to say “Not In Our School” as a response to bullying. NIOS wants to reach even more young people and fill the map with groups from every state in the country! Eligibility Put Yourself on the Map is open to K-12 educators, students and community organizers working to create welcoming communities, prevent bullying and end discrimination. How Can I Enter? There are three ways you can enter the Put Yourself on the Map Contest! All you have to do is fill out a short form and your name will be entered into the raffle.
October Bullying Prevention Month is almost over. But there is still time to take action!  All month long, we have discussed bullying and showcased creative ways to address it. During Week 1, we premiered the video “Break Bullying: Not in the Breakroom, Not on the Playground.” This video addressed the urgency and seriousness of bullying, and was featured on the CNN Schools of Thought website and viewed over 50,000 times!  For Week 2, we showed that anyone can speak up and stand up to bullying. We shared innovative and creative ways to be upstanders, people who speak up and stand up to bullying and intolerance.  And for Week 3, we made efforts to put an end to cyberbullying. We shared our film, “Students Take On Cyberbullying.” We also shared how students from the film joined a cyberbullying panel discussion on a MTV-sponsored “Digital Citizenship Day.”