Kristen Pekarek

This Week Celebrate Kindness

No Name-Calling Week 2014This week—January 20–24th—is designated as No Name-Calling Week (NNCW), an initiative of whole child partner Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) that provides students, teachers, staff, and parents with a week of resources and opportunities to show kindness and reflect on the importance of positive school climates. For the past ten years this initiative and other antibullying efforts in schools has grown enormously—the NNCW initiative now has more than 60 national partners and thousands of participants from schools all over the country.

"Celebrate Kindness," the theme of this year's celebration provides opportunities for meaningful and exciting ideas to join in the festivities this week and all school year long. Come up with your own ways of celebrating or use one of the GLSEN ideas listed below. No matter how you plan on celebrating make it priority to help stop bullying and fight bias and discrimination.

Ways to Celebrate No Name-Calling Week

  1. Engage your students in expression-based activities focusing on name-calling and bullying. Submit the artwork to the National Creative Expression Exhibit.
  2. Conduct NNCW lessons. Use one of the many lesson plans available to engage your students in educational and creative activities. GLSEN has plans for elementary, middle, and high schools.
  3. Use a safe place to share stories. Have your students share stories of name-calling and bullying and brainstorm possible ways to reduce and eliminate name-calling and bullying in school.
  4. Develop a classroom no name-calling policy. Work with students to outline rules and expectations about classroom name-calling and bullying. Refer to the classroom rules when name-calling or bullying occurs and ask students to remember that the classroom is a safe space for everyone.
  5. Create a library display. Ask your school librarian to create an eye-catching display of books that deal with name-calling and bullying. See the GLSEN list of books and media (PDF) for suggested titles.
  6. Discuss sportsmanship in physical education classes. A large amount of name-calling and bullying at school occurs on the field, in the gym, and in the locker room. Ask physical education teachers to take a few minutes to discuss the values of sportsmanship and respect.
  7. Have students in your school or classroom take the No Name-Calling Pledge (PDF). GLSEN has designed one for individuals or groups to take.

Looking for more ways to address bullying in your school community? We've compiled a number of ASCD and whole child partner antibullying resources in an October 2013 blog post, "Stand Up for Others."

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