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TABLE OF CONTENTS Foreword Why INOK INOK Overview INOK Mission INOK Key Concepts What Is INOK How to Get the Movement Started 7 Key Strategies INOK Educators Staff Commitment An Open Letter to Teachers Everywhere Teach Respect Implementation Suggestions INOK Campus Committee INOK Students Student Commitment INOK Student Organization Student Organization Activities INOK Parents, Guardians Community ParentGuardian and Community Commitment Resources Student Activities and Instruction Events Re

You are a marvel. You are unique. ... And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children. Pablo Picasso Its up to adults to help children understand that being different doesnt make them better or worse just different. Unknown . its not okay 2

FOREWORD Safe Schools and Healthy Learning Environments say, DisrespectIts NOT Okay INOK Fort Worth Independent School District students responded to national concern about bullying. They are now working to change school climate and school culture for young people everywhere. Fort Worth ISD students have taken charge to combat disrespectful school environments. Our young people have done a fine job, and now they need YOU to help them. They want everyone to join the INOK movement to promote resp

WHY ITS NOT OKAY Despite national media attention and stepped up efforts by legislators, policymakers, and educators, bullying and other peer mistreatment continue to plague schools. Attendance is thwarted, concentration diminished, and student achievement eroded. Disrespectful, hurtful interactions harm young peoples social and emotional development. Tragically, bullying is getting younger, meaner, harder for adults to notice, and more acceptable in youth culture. Putdowns and even mean, aggre

Harassment in schools is the norm. Kids call me faggot and no one says a word. That scares me. I dont feel safe at school because Im gay. Thats not okay FORT WORTH ISD STUDENT banners and citywide billboards helped communicate the importance of the project and established the safety and welfare of students as a priority. An INOK Facebook page was designed for students to give voice to their concerns. After the first year, the district asked students, Now what How can we help you make INOK bette

w terms to kno Social norming sanctioning the behavior and values of a group interventions. Discussions, programs, and studentled projects encourage competence, positive thinking, and selfregulation. These activities also emphasize actions that are helpful or supportive of others within homes, schools, neighborhoods, organizations, and businesses. INOK encourages students and adults to maintain their individuality and personal beliefs. Paramount is the ability to express individuality, beliefs

Why confront negative social norms If people are allowed to be disrespectful toward others, every studentevery personis at risk of being harmed, bullied, harassed or demeaned at school somewhere, sometime. Campus climate surveys indicate harassment and other negative behaviors are most likely to happen in hallways, school buses, bathrooms, cafeterias, and gyms. Some students are more at risk than others, especially mentally and physically challenged youth cultural minorities and lesbian, gay, bi

Shifting social norms from hurtful, competitive, negative exchanges to respectful, hopeful, inclusive interactions is the simple INOK movement. 1. Make a personal commitment. Be the first to stand up and join in the movement. Truly be the change by starting a personal journey of selfregulation. INOK is selfregulation. Lead the charge to reverse negative disrespectful social norms by engaging in personal awareness and personal change. Stop yourself before being disrespectful or disparaging to oth

debate, insisting on respect and tolerance for all parties present or involved regardless of position or personal opinion. 4. Create an INOK campus committee made up of educators and staff who work with and facilitate student INOK goals. Discuss INOK topics at faculty meetings. Participate in the projects and activities developed by the student INOK organization. Encourage all colleagues to participate. Find ways to integrate INOK concepts and ideas into curriculum for relevance. 5. Incorpor

Give parents and community the vocabulary and suggestions on ways to expand the INOK initiative. Ask the mayor and other community leaders to join the INOK movement both visibly and vocally. Involve the police and fire departments as well as other agencies typically involved in the school setting. Encourage INOK community activities. Ask businesses to practice the INOK philosophy as well as post INOK signage in the workplace. Practice friendly language and communication skills to safely

INOK acknowledges school differences and accepts that what might work at one campus may not necessarily be effective at another. INOK intentionally gives each campus community the flexibility to meet its individual needs. Students help identify those needs. Teacher and parent tips, student activities, educational experiences, and shared ideas help drive change. Develop an Internet presence for easy reference. Some resources for stakeholders can be found at www.fwisd.orgsafe. Students who feel su

INOK EDUCATORS INOK gives educatorsall adults in the learning communitythe opportunity to empower students and help them create positive school climates and cultures. When students and adults feel socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically safe, they all are more engaged and productive. They feel valued and respected in an environment free of harassment, bullying, and intimidation. The world is full of differences, and differences can seem strange and overwhelming, even frightening.

Actions and empathy, such as the signing of student pledge cards and distribution of INOK wristbands, buttons, lanyards, and other incentives. Student voice and understanding, including effective, friendly communication skills and intervention skills to stop or deescalate mean behavior. Support systems for both students and adults that prevent retaliation and escalation and let students know they can seek adult support when needed. New social norms that embrace respect and integrity. C

An Open Letter to Teachers Everywhere Teaching Tolerance Magazine, Number 34 Fall 2008 I am troubled. As an educator, as a parent and as an activist, I am deeply troubled as I rethink public education and struggle to reconcile ideology with reality in our nations classrooms and schools. Collectively, I hear educatorsand parents and politicians and otherssay children are our future. We say that we want students to think critically, that we want them to be problemsolvers, to ask questions, to chal

Imagine competent educators who deserve and command autonomy and respectand then use it to create classrooms of equality and sharing where all students find their cultures reflected in the stories teachers tell, the languages they speak, and the facts textbooks reveal. As an educator, I often skated on the edge of revolution and compliance. While compliance may secure careers and livelihoods, it can leave teachers depleted, students tested rather than taught and marginalized rather than empowere

of every human being and adopts clear, strong social norms that reject verbal and nonverbal discrimination and disparagement. It is not possible to be in favor of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. INOK is not a separate curriculum or canned program. It is the intentional incorporation of difficult and controversial issues led by adults who are willing to facilitate open discussions with respect. It is respectful participation and collab

DIVERSITY WEEK is an outgrowth of the AntiDefamation Leagues A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute, currently held in April. During this week, peer leaders provide activities recognizing and celebrating diversity. Each day of the week offers students an opportunity to affirm and celebrate differences. The school cafeteria features a different ethnic cuisine daily. Culturally diverse music is played during the passing periods. educationoutreachantibiaseducationcaworldofdifference.html

NO NAMECALLING WEEK is an annual week of educational activities designed to end namecalling and encourage an ongoing dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying. Accompanying lesson plans are available yearround and can be used at any time. For information about the program and free elementary and secondary lesson plans, please visit RACHELS CHALLENGE supports education professionals at every level to inspire, equip, and empower students from K12 to make a positive dif

bullying. The guide includes educational activities that increase awareness and promote social action. To download the free guide, visit www.thinkB4YouSpeak. comForEducators. WAYSTOHELP.ORG is an organization that engages, inspires, and enables high school students to make a positive difference in the world. Its programs make it easy for students to learn about and take action to solve todays most pressing social issues, including improving conditions in their communities and helping people in

integrity, and civility Team with campus administration to review data and track discipline trends Suggest ways to make INOK a campus community initiative Distribute INOK materials and provide teacher tips that promote INOK values Work with and support the INOK Student Organization in achieving its goals Its Not Okay backpack tag. DIisrespect s e t o y Ditsrnospkac.t e Disrespect Disrespect isres Dis pect ct Disrespect e ct resp sp e D Disrect t esp ec isresp ct D isr D isrespe ct spe ct Di

INOK STUDENTS Students have the most important role in the INOK initiative. As the largest component of the learning community, they greatly influence the culture and climate of their campus. Students understand accepted behaviors within a society or group fairly quickly. Some of the rules they recognize are set by those in authority. Others are sanctioned by a more informal peer group. Students hold the key to identifying social normsboth positive and negative and working to eliminate the beh

INOK Student Organization Goals Students see, hear, Understand how social norms are established and identify and know things adults dont know. Students generational, societal, and campus peer norms can intervene in ways Identify and eradicate social norms that are divisive and adults cant. Students must make choices harmful to campus climate and student wellbeing to stop, refuse, and Advocate for and empower all students on campus to report disrespectful and establish social norms that promo

Fear grows out of the things we think it lives in our minds. Compassion grows out of the things we are and lives in our hearts. BARBARA GARRISON AUTHOR activities, ideas, and resources are free. Here are some activities that INOK Student Organizations might promote and resources for more ideas ANNOUNCEMENTS on the public address system promoting respect for everyone is thoughtprovoking and encourages students to identify others leaders, artists, scientists people from all walks of life who su

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new kind action every day via social networks and the RAK website. Members can use the prompt or come up with their own kind action. STAND FOR THE SILENT SFTS is a program addressing the issue of school bullying with an engaging, factual and emotional methodology. Students are shown firsthand the life and death consequences of bullying. Through testimonies, videos and rollplay activities, lives are changed for the better. IT CAN WAIT UNI

Kids always want to know how what theyre learning is related to the real world, SAYS PATRICK MANSON, 6TH GRADE TEACHER AT LANCASTER INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL IN LANCASTER, TEXAS. When you build a human rights classroom, you show students the rights they have just by virtue of being human, and then the responsibilities that come with those rights. So often we start the school year and tell kids Dont talk when someone else is talking and No fighting or namecalling, but we dont frame the donts with the r

INOK PARENTSGUARDIANS COMMUNITY Contrary to popular opinion, bullying does not begin and end at school. Experts say bullying and other forms of violent behavior continue outside The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of community that we need to make our nation a better place, just as we make it a safer place. MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN PRESIDENT, CHILDRENS DEFENSE FUND of school and throughout an individuals life if there is not adequate intervention. Bullying during childhood is oft

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interactive, educational website that provides resources to help keep children ages 517 safe on and offline. The site also provides resources to parents, educators, and law enforcement. www.tyla.orgprojectsrusafe R U Safe was designed by the Texas Young Lawyers Association. The website educates children and their parents about the many dangers online and strategies for staying safe. The site provides video instruction to elementary, middle school and high school students along with their parents

www.stopbullying.govreferenceswhitehouseconference This site contains the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention materials. You will find resources and information on bullying prevention, bullying risk factors, LGBT bullying intervention, and much more. You also may view the March 10, 2011, White House conference on bullying prevention video. Bully Police USA is a watchdog organization that advocates for bullied children. It provides uptodate bullying legislation for a

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BIBLIOGRAPHY Allport, G. 1979. The Nature of Prejudice. Reading, MA AddisonWesley. Anonymous. An Open Letter to Teachers Everywhere blog. Teaching Tolerance, A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. magazinenumber34fall2008featureopenletterteacherseverywhere Axelrod, R. 1984. The Evolution of Cooperation. New York Basic Books. Barth, R. S. 1990. Improving Schools from Within Teachers, Parents and Principals can make the difference. Wiley, John Sons. Barth, R. S. 2001 . L

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Pittman, K. J. 1991. Promoting youth development Strengthening the role of youthserving and community organizations. Report prepared for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Extension Services. Washington, DC Center for Youth Development and Policy Research. Quotes Marian Wright Edelman Nelson Mandela John F. Kennedy Fort Worth ISD Student anonymous Lyn Beth Neylon, Street Law, Inc. John Wooden Mother Teresa Theodore Roosevelt Martin Luther King Jr. Jaana Juvonen Ernest Dimnet P

And what do we teach our children We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are We should say to each of them Do you know what you are You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a

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