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Students teach students to be upstanders, not bystanders

It's Day 4 of No Name-Calling Week. Today we are sharing one of our most popular Not In Our School videos, "Students Teach Students to Stand Up to Bullying," filmed at Shaw High School in East Cleveland, Ohio.

Students in Lori Urogody-Eiler's Facing History and Ourselves class mentor younger students in how to be an upstander, not a bystander, when faced with bullying and intolerant acts. This version was included in our MLK-inspired collection, Embracing the Dream: Lessons from the Not In Our Town Movement, and is preceded by a short clip featuring Not In Our Town Billings chair Eran Thompson.

For more information, our education partners at Facing History and Ourselves offer classroom resources on Bullying and Ostracism.


I watched what was done at Shaw High School in regards to doing workshops at lower level schools and was very interested in doing something like that.   I helped organize the Diversity Club at Riverview High School to put on a Not in Our School Anti-Bullying seminar at Seitz Middle School.  We went in to all the Science classes and presented a program that met the needs of the different grades at our middle school.  Both the 25 members of our diversity club who put on the workshop and all the middle school students had a great time.  We plan on putting something together for our elementary schools also.

This video never fails to inspire me and am glad you found inspiration in it as well. The anti-bullying seminar sounds like it was a great success and would love hear more about it.  Was it similar to Shaw's—role playing and bringing attention to the role of the bystander? How did you meet the needs of middle schoolers?

By the way, we've just posted an activity guide to pair with the Shaw video: Hope you find it useful!


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