" Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics or jewelry
" Frequent headaches or stomachaches, feeling sick or faking illness
" Changes in eating habits, such as suddenly skipping meals or binge eating; kids also may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch
" Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
" Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork or not wanting to go to school
" Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
" Feelings of helplessness or decreased self-esteem
" Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves or talking about suicide
" Get into physical or verbal fights
" Have friends who bully others
" Are increasingly aggressive
" Get sent to the principal's office or to detention frequently
" Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
" Blame others for their problems
" Don't accept responsibility for their actions
" Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity
[From Erin Stewart, "Is Your Child a Bully or a Victim?," Erin Stewart, Desert News, Nov. 2 2015]
Students can access the reporting form directly through a link on our school web site or they may go to the Sprigeo.com website. After completing the reporting form and clicking the "submit" button, the report details are sent in a secure email to selected central office staff who will then send the report to our administrators through a secure online connection. Over 90% of students include their name when using the Sprigeo system. However, reports can be made anonymously.”
- Most schools already have weekly professional development, whole faculty or department meeting time.
- Most school have professional development days.
- Many schools have professional learning communities where these issues could be discussed.
- Many schools have student advisory time where teachers meet with small groups of students.
- On a given day, a school could shorten class periods to allow for a large or small group meetings.
- Counselors could visit designated classes to facilitate a discussion or do training.
- One school department could incorporate a unit on bullying into their curriculum. It could easily be incorporated into language arts or health.
- Involving extracurricular groups to get involved, e.g. starting a peer counseling group, the school newspaper to publicize bullying, a sports team (to serve as role models), the school theater group, etc.
- 36 years as a teacher (grades 6-12), counselor, assistant principal and principal
- Thirty of those years at two innovative high schools on the campus of LaGuardia Community College (CUNY), Middle College High School serving at-risk students and International High School serving recently arrived immigrants.
- Retired in 2004 as Principal of International High School
- A nationally acclaimed school reform organization, which was one of the first organizations to receive Early College funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Middle College National Consortium has also received funding from the Pew Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the US Department of Education.
- Since 2004, serving as a coach for numerous early and middle college high school programs throughout the country.
- In addition, has worked with other education reform programs including the North Carolina New schools Project, the School Redesign Network at Stanford University and the Internationals Network for Public Schools (a consortium of schools serving English language learners).
When one tries to bury the pain.
Feeding a fire that chokes dreams and desire
Oh when will your tears fall like rain?
Too late…look, soul-sucking phantoms
Spiral higher and higher, madly morph and conspire
As Trojan worms raiding while aerating your brain.