If These Halls Could Talk: A Program to Deal with Bullying in Our Schools

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'Acts of meanness', better-known as bullying, are played out in almost every school across America every day. When students are asked how they feel about being bullied, the most common answers are about feeling sad, bad, embarrassed, lonely, hurt, angry, rejected, and violent. They also feel there is no one to talk with about it.

In this workshop, the participants will practice learning not only how to be mindfully empathetic, but also how to relate about the factual and non-verbal messages being communicated. The teachers will learn tools with which to truly understand the students’ perspective and experiences. And with these tools, teachers will then be able to respond fully to their student's concerns with the appropriate interventions.

Through interactive exercises, teachers will be encouraged to talk about their experiences and what they see in their schools. Scenarios drawn from their real classroom experiences are discussed, and strategies are taught and alternatives discovered that help create a safe school culture.

This workshop focuses on building positive social skills, role modeling, and the exploration of how our stereotypes affect our perceptions and relationships with each other. A wider definition of bias will be discussed - one that includes judgments about cultural and personal differences such as race, age, personal style, and looks. Participants will learn the language and the means to facilitate bias into acceptance, anguish and hurt into understanding and compassion.

Participants will: •Learn how names can be dangerous weapons•Learn to differentiate bullying from teasing•Recognize 'danger' signs•Recognize common traits of school shooters•Recognize that compassion and intuition are positive attributes of creating safer schools•Learn how the use of appropriate language can aid in creating an emotionally safe school•Take home various tools to deal with and respond to problems.

Keywords: Bullying, Bias, Cultural Differences, Diversity, Racism
Stream: Learning, Education, Training
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Lee Mun Wah

Director, Diversity Training, StirFry Seminars & Consulting
Berkeley, CA, USA

Lee Mun Wah has been serving communities since 1967, including working as a grief counselor for Shanti Project, a resource specialist for the San Francisco School District, and as founder/director of multicultural men’s groups. A nationally acclaimed lecturer and Master Diversity & Communications Trainer, Lee Mun Wah is a Chinese American community therapist, documentary filmmaker and educator. In 1996, Lee Mun Wah opened his first StirFry California Training Center to help others learn how to "mindfully" facilitate cultural and communication issues. Over 200,000 trainers and facilitators, in corporations, educational institutions, and government and social agencies, have received certification in his training centers throughout the United States and internationally, so that they could then begin facilitating discussion groups in their agencies, schools, communities and homes. In 1993 his first film on Asian Americans, Stolen Ground, won the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Certificate of Merit Award for Best Bay Area Documentary. The National Media Network voted his second film, The Color of Fear, the Gold Medal for the Best Social Studies Documentary. In 1998 The Color of Fear 2 won the Cindy International Film Festival’s Silver Medal for Best Social Studies Award. Most recently, Lee Mun Wah has released his first book, The Art of Mindful Facilitation (2004). In 1995 Oprah Winfrey presented a one-hour special on his work and life, watched by over 15 million viewers across the nation. Lee Mun Wah received an M.A. in Counseling and an M.S. in Special Education from San Francisco State University. Lee Mun Wah has written countless manuals on communication and facilitation techniques, including “The Art of Listening”. StirFry Seminars offers trainings on facilitation and film techniques as well as Three-Day Intensive Trainings for Managers, Facilitators, and Trainers.

John Boiano

Director, Diversity Training, Pulse Integration
Vernon, CT, USA

John Boiano, Pulse Integrations Founder/Director is a dynamic motivational
Facilitator, leading group conversations on a wide range of positive growth and awareness issues. John's Zen, or "leadership from behind" style of facilitation is compassionate, non-confrontational and extremely positive, empowering the group to take ownership of the process. Starting Pulse Integration in 2002, John's focus is on creating emotionally safe environments in education systems, corporations and health care settings by bringing an awareness of compassion, diversity and personal value to the leaders and future leaders in each area. Sharing his knowledge with adults and youths alike, he believes that the deeper we can look at our own actions, the more we can understand how to effectively role model personal accountability and true diplomatic leadership skills to others. John brings many skills acquired through spiritual studies and a fourteen year career in sales and marketing management in the wholesale music industry. Since creating Pulse Integration, John has presented to a wide range of organizations from the top sales team at the Broadway Millennium Hotel and the United Nations International Children's Conference on the Environment to numerous education systems and youth development programs. John is creating documentary films and books for youth mentors.

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