Speak Up At School

Changing values to promote respect and responsibility does not happen overnight. As educators model the response to biased language, the slurs, put-downs and negative labels will lessen.

How can we respond to everyday stereotypes and bias? SPEAK UP AT SCHOOL.

  1. INTERRUPT Speak up against biased remarks. “I don’t like words like that.” Or “That is hurtful.”
  2. QUESTION Find out why the speaker made the offensive comment.  ”What do you mean?”
  3. EDUCATE Explain why the term or phrase is offensive. “Do you know the history of that word?”
  4. ECHO If someone else speaks up against hate, thank and reiterate the anti-bias message. “Thanks for speaking up.”  

Resources from http://www.tolerance.org/

  • Teaching Tolerance, SPEAK UP AT SCHOOL RESPOND TO EVERYDAY STEREOTYPES AND BIAS, tolerance.org
  • Civil Rights Activity Book, SPLC Civil Rights Memorial Center, Appropriate for Grades 3-6, tolerance.org 
  • A Guide for Administrators, Counselors and Teachers, RESPONDING TO HATE AND BIAS AT SCHOOL, tolerance.org

Resources from http://www.glsen.org/ and http://sports.glsen.org/

Save the Dates:

  • National Mix It Up Lunch Day – October 30, 2012: This Teaching Tolerance initiative, designed to reduce prejudice and improve intergroup relations, asks students to break out of their normal social circles and connect with someone new over lunch.  Add your school to the online map.  You may go online tolerance.org  to sign up your school or district. You will receive links to free online materials to help plan the day.
  • Governor’s Summit on Bullying – November 27, 2012: National and state speakers will gather at HyVee Hall in Des Moines.

Libby Laughlin

For information about any of these resources or other materials regarding equity please contact Libby Laughlin, Multicultural Gender Fair Specialist/Equity Specialist, at libby.laughlin@gpaea.org or 800-382-8970 Ext.1164.

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