FOCUS ON: Supporting Alberta’s Homeless Youth This Season of Caring

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December’s Guest Perspective is by: Rohan Nuttall, Director of “Through My Eyes” and Youth Advisor to the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities. Rohan is also the 2014 recipient of the HEROES of a Safe and Caring World Youth Impact Award (Northern Region). Cozy fires, freshly wrapped gifts, the sweet aroma of pine needles and rich cooking. That’s …

FOCUS ON: Culture of Caring

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by: Susan Hopkins, Ed. D, Executive Director of Safe and Caring The conversation is changing. As we continue to work towards making our schools and communities safe, caring and inclusive places for every child and youth in Alberta, the landscape is shifting away from anti-bullying, one-size fits all and zero-tolerance approaches. Safe and Caring is contributing to the changing conversation in …

YOUTH PARTNERSHIPS: Reframing the Word “Bullying”

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by: Dada Alice Mwemera and Ben Tsang, Youth Engagement Coordinators “Bullying” is a word without much strength behind it today. In the past, I have personally shared my concerns about bullying with an adult and their reply would often be “it will get better,” “it is part of growing up,” or “sometimes you just don’t get along with everyone.” This …

COMMUNITY: Changing the Conversation About Bullying

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by: Susan Hopkins, Ed. D., Executive Director The issues of bullying and safety in schools are a serious problem. Despite the fact that over 47% of Canadian parents report having a child that was a victim of bullying & Alberta youth report bullying as one of the most significant problems they face today, 1 in 3 adults in Alberta think that …

COMMUNITY: National Bullying Awareness Week, Resources for Teachers

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Did you know that Alberta’s new Education Act recognizes National Bullying Awareness Week (NBAW)? National Bullying Awareness Week is always the third week of November and it’s fast approaching! What is your school community/district doing to recognize NBAW and start the conversation about creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe environments? We know the only effective way to create and maintain a positive learning …

YOUTH PARTNERSHIPS: Congratulations to 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates

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by: Dada Alice Mwemera, Youth Engagement Coordinator A big congratulation goes out to the outstanding Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi on winning the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize! I have had the pleasure of reading up on the amazing work that both laureates have done and continue to do.  The journey they have walked is incredible and truly sparks inspiration for …

CHAMPION PROFILE: Introducing Susan Hopkins, Ed.D., Executive Director of Safe and Caring

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Guest Post by: Dr. Nancy Gibson, medical anthropologist and Senior Researcher with CIET Susan Hopkins joined the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities as Executive Director in August 2014. As the new Executive Director of Safe and Caring Schools & Communities, Susan brings a rich range of experience to her position. With degrees in political science and educational leadership, …

FOCUS ON: Expanding our Understanding of the Meaning of “Safe” by Dr. Stuart Shanker

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Guest Post by: Dr. Stuart Shanker There are certain unmistakable signs of when a child doesn’t feel safe: the child is very withdrawn and subdued; emotionally volatile; overly anxious; highly impuls­ive; inattentive, or easily distracted. Or bullying other children. It’s this last sentence that should make us suddenly sit up and realize that we need to think seriously about what …