NEW ACTIVITIES FOR PREVENTION & PROMOTION
Bullying can have a devastating impact on youth resulting in poor academic performance, depression, anxiety and absenteeism, to name just a few. For some, the impact is so devastating it can affect them well into adulthood. In North Smithfield, we’ve taken this issue very seriously by forming an Anti-Bullying Workgroup to study the problem and to recommend changes in policy and programs. There has been a particular emphasis on prevention. Join us for an informative evening. We’ll start by dispelling some myths about bullying. Then we’ll watch a video about the topic, followed by a discussion of how parents can be a part of the solution. We’ll end with an update on the efforts of the Anti-Bullying Workgroup and will include a summary of what is currently being done in the district to prevent, identify and respond to allegations and any instances of bullying. This event is co-sponsored by the Anti-Bullying Workgroup, N. Smithfield Prevention Coalition and SELAC.
The entire North Smithfield community is encouraged to join us Tuesday, February 12th, at 6:30 PM at the Kendal-Dean Administrative offices at 83 Greene Street Slatersville, Rhode Island, to welcome License Clinical Social Worker Leigh Raposa, Program Manager for the Youth Suicide Prevention Project, as she shares awareness and prevention principles our entire community needs to know about Teen Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention.
RSVP by Feb. 9th to Michelle Taylor at michelleptaylor [at] verizon [dot] net or 401-225-4766.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING - What is it?
Image used with permission from CASEL (2012)
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SYSTEMS APPROACH)
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING PROGRAMS REVIEWED
Social Skills Instructional Programs
Social Emotional Intervention approaches
At Risk Preventions Reviewed
Promoting Good Citizenship Programs Reviewed
Unified Team (RISL & RI Special Olympics program)
Best Buddies (Disability awareness/Peer advocacy)
Life of an Athlete (Substance Abuse prevention)
Rachel’s Challenge (Kindness campaign)
Responsive Classroom (Classroom Community)
Project Map focus includes:
surveying students, parents, and staff to determine the extent and degree of concern and the level of support or needs our community faces about these issues
evaluating the district's existing bullying policy with the intent of revising
collecting and reviewing policies from other districts across Rhode Island and Massachusetts
meeting with building administrators to identify resources, issues, and bullying complaints protocol within each building in order to standardize the district's protocols and procedures
conducting a "Walk Through" to simulate how building administrators handle a report of bullying
establishing a process to collect "data" relevant to this issue within the district
researching potential resources, programs, or school/district-wide bullying programs or approaches by reviewing the research, a programs effectiveness, and determining what program is the appropriate "fit" for our district's needs based on our core educational program and district values
awaiting guidance from the Rhode Island Department of Education for needed action as a results of new legislation , the "safe Schools Act", passed by the General Assembly during the Spring 2011 Session.
all work group meeting agendas and meeting minutes may be found below.
WORK GROUP MEETING AGENDAS & NOTES
WORK GROUP PARTICIPANTS
Michelle Taylor (Parent & SELAC President) - Co-chair
John Lahar (NSMS Principal) - Co-chair
Pam Shayer - North Smithfield/Lincoln Prevention Task Force
Melinda Howard - Parent
Michelle Halloran, LMSW - NSHS & NSMS
Leia Reynolds, School Psychologist - NSES
Cheryl Sachs, LMSW - NSES & Halliwell School Social Worker
Mark Salisbury, School Psychologist - Halliwell
Mary Ellen Tillotson, Ph.D. - School Psychologist - NSHS & NSMS
Rusty Brown - Director of Pupil Personnel Services
For questions or concerns, you may contact Michelle Taylor at michelleptaylor [at] verizon [dot] net (m)ichelleptaylor [at] verizon [dot] net or 225-4766 or John Lahar at jlahar [at] nsps [dot] us or 598-6100.
POLICY, GUIDANCE & RESEARCH REVIEWED
Rhode Island Law & Policy
ANTI-BULLYING & CYBER-RELATED RESOURCES:
PAST ACTIVITIES & EVENTS FOR PREVENTION & PROMOTION
Rachel's Challenge: NSHS & NSMS - March 9, 2012
April: Autism Awareness Month
Autism Speaks: Light It Up Blue (April 2, 2012 - Wear BLUE)
"The Impact of Bullying Upon Children with Special Needs" (April 26, 2012, @ 7 PM at Sgt Rehab Center, Warwick)
The Walk To Stop Bullying In Rhode Island (May 5, 2012, @ 9 AM at Roger Williams Park Carousel)
2012 Southern New England Walk Now for Autism (Sunday, October 12, 2012, @ Colt State Park, Bristol, RI)
BEHAVIORAL MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Community Based Agency Supports
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-TALK (8255))
NORTH SMITHFIELD PREVENTION TASK FORCE - PARENTING TIPS
30 More Interesting Facts About Bullying
Do You Know ... series