Bullying Awareness Week 2014: November 17-25

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Let’s work together to change the conversation.

Featured events:

NATIONAL BULLYING AWARENESS WEEK RESOURCE FAIR

When: Monday, November 17 – Friday, November 21, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Where: Education Centre, University of Alberta Campus

What: Find our table at the U Education Students’ Association NBAW Resource Fair!

Who: All champions for child and youth well-being! Current and future Education students should stop by to say “hi” and learn about the importance of building safe and caring learning environments!

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“THROUGH MY EYES” FILM PREMIERE AND PANEL DISCUSSION

When: Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Myer Horowitz Theatre, Students’ Union Building, University of Alberta Campus

What: Youth-created documentary & expert panel hosted by the City of Edmonton, featuring Safe and Caring Director of Community Partnerships David Rust.

Who: All champions for child and youth well-being! Update: SOLD OUT, future screenings to be planned.

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Twitter Chats for web#ASKCARING NATIONAL BULLYING AWARENESS WEEK TUESDAY TWITTER CHAT

When: Tuesday, November 18, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Where: @SafeAndCaring and #AskCaring

What: Join Safe and Caring for a digital discussion on creating safe, caring and inclusive learning environments. Tuesday Twitter chats led by Executive Director Susan Hopkins, Ed.D.

Who: All champions for child and youth well-being! Discussion oriented towards educators and researchers.

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8th ANNUAL CREATING SAFE SPACES WAFFLE BREAKFAST

When: Wednesday, November 19, 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Where: Sutton Place Hotel, Downtown Edmonton OR Bow Habitat Station & Volunteer Society, Calgary

What: Join us and other champions for child and youth well-being for waffles, networking and collaboration at our 8th annual fundraiser!

Who: All champions for child and youth well-being! Cost is $100 per person.

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NATIONAL CHILD DAY

When: Thursday, November 20

Where: www.nationalchildday.ca

What: Celebrate National Child Day as a reminder of our shared commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Who: All champions for child and youth well-being!

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PROMOTING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS INTERACTIVE WEBCAST

When: Friday, November 21, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Where: www.bullyfreealberta.ca

What: Join Executive Director Susan Hopkins, Ed.D. & the Government of Alberta to explore differences between bullying behaviour & respectful relationships, and get advice to help those affected by bullying.

Who: All champions for child and youth well-being!

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 TWITTER CHAT CAFE

When: Friday, November 21, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where: Leva Cafe, Edmonton, or @SafeAndCaring and #CaringCafe

What: Do you have questions or insights about National Bullying Awareness Week? Join Safe and Caring for a virtual twitter chat or come stop by in person at Leva Cafe.

Who: All champions for child and youth well-being!

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3rd ANNUAL GAY-STRAIGHT STUDENT ALLIANCE CONFERENCE

When: Saturday, November 22, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Where: Faculty of Education, University of Alberta Campus

What: Safe and Caring has been a proud supporter of conference planning and organization. The conference will start conversations on how to start and maintain a GSA in attendees’ home schools and communities.

Who: Students, teachers, school administrators and other members of a school community that have a GSA or who are interested in starting one. Conference is full for 2013.

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ALBERTA SAFE AND CARING SCHOOLS FORUM: POLICY TO PRACTICE

When: Monday, November 24, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: Alberta Teachers’ Association Barnett House, Edmonton

What: A full day of interactive presentations and workshops highlighting exciting innovations in safe and caring education in Alberta. Organized with the Canadian Safe School Network.

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SPOKEN WORDplay: SPEAK UP AGAINST BULLYING

When: Tuesday, November 25, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where: Rouge Lounge, Edmonton

What: Speak up against bullying through spoken word poetry. Event organized in partnership with the Breath In Poetry Collective and Rouge Lounge.

Who: Poets, performers, advocates and friends! Cost is free or by donation for all 18+ youth and adults.

 

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Resources for teachers

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 environment is a comprehensive, school wide approach that involves the entire school community. National Bullying Awareness Week is a great opportunity to begin or reignite this work.

For more information on creating healthy relationships and preventing bullying, visit www.safeandcaring.ca.

Here are some ideas and links to help you plan your own events:

Distribute Safe and Caring resources to teachers and students.

Promote positive behaviours and healthy relationships and shift the focus away from “anti-bullying.

Organize a day or week of kind acts.

Organize a flashmob.

Have students and staff plan an assembly or cross-grade activity day with a focus on building relationships amongst students. Have students generate ideas about what they can do to contribute to a positive school environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging. Use National Bullying Awareness Week to kick-start a positive school environment committee of students, staff, parents, caregivers, families and community partners. Plan a kick-off event: a barbeque, hot dog lunch, etc.

Read stories or positive messages over announcements or in assembly that emphasize positive and peaceful solutions and strategies for bullying situations.

Visit  http://b-free.ca/home/events.html to learn more about the Week and find ideas from previous NBAWs!

Safe and Caring is building a bank of ideas for National Bullying Awareness Week. Send us your stories and photos to include on our website and we’ll share them with our community!

Contact: office@safeandcaring.ca.

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News

Keep checking back here for news and updates surrounding National Bullying Awareness Week!