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THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO!!!
Encourage your school and state to adopt and implement the
Necessary Components to create safe schools for ALL students.
SEEING it all together
Visual Aide for how the Necessary Components work together
to "CATCH" students when they are falling or struggling.
Solutions for TEACHERS
Advocate for and support your schools in adoption of the Necessary Components for SAFE schools. Your participation in promoting these in your school will make a huge difference. Embracing these changes is critical for teachers if they are to be appropriately and successfully implemented.
The MOST important part of that which MUST be in place is school climate surveys. Your school WILL NOT be a place where ALL students feel safe, feel valued nor where they can thrive. Without this step and the schools using this information to make adjustments, they are putting the lives of marginalized students at significant risk.
Start or participate in a GSA in your school.
Post SAFE ZONE or SAFE SPACE stickers on your door and posters in your room.
The two campaigns below can be incorporated in some form into classes across the curriculum. They are only two simple examples of many ways to imbed compassion, empathy and kindness into your classroom.
At the bottom are links for understanding the crucial role teachers play in an effective Restorative Justice Program. If your school cannot implement a program like this successfully (like in Utah - where they will not require the therapy portion which is critical to effectiveness), encourage your school to bring mindfulness into the curriculum and do it in your own classroom. This will at least to begin to teach greater self awareness and can have a substantial impact on bullying and mental health issues.
Although your days are overloaded and you rarely get a moment to even go to the bathroom, the short minutes between classes are a primary time that students bully one another. It isn't big punches or physical encounters that are hard to spot. Rather, it is the hallway times that students engage in verbal bullying. These brief moments can be devastating for a student who is the victim, and sadly can be life threatening. Do all that you can to be a presence in the hallways. Listen and watch closely. Even ask parents who care to come be a presence during those times. You know your students well and if you notice they are off or something seems wrong - TALK TO THEM ABOUT IT!! Just this action, showing you care, can make a difference.